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(Hillsdale, Mich.) The three days of the annual Hillsdale Gina Relays unfolded windy, then warm, then wet. Despite the conditions the Cornerstone Men's T&F team performed well setting personal bests and getting national qualifying marks each day.
Thursday, Spencer Perry began the ten event decathlon with personal bests in all five events of day one. He ran 11.90 in the 100 meters, long jumped 18' 5.75", sent the shot put 34' 8.25", high jumped 6' 3.5" and ran the 400 meters in 52.11.
That evening, Louis Falland ran a well-paced race in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. In only his second attempt at the event, the sophomore charged to the lead in the final lap and pulled away for the win. His time of 9:25.95 put him under the NAIA provisional qualifying standard.
Friday, Perry added four more PR performances. After running 17:01 in the 110 meter hurdles, Perry's 93' 4" effort in the discus was his only non-record setting event. He cleared 11' 9.75" in the pole vault, threw the javelin 152' 3" and was 25 seconds better than the rest of the field in the 1500, running 4:32.85. Spencer's two day total of 5978 points as a 625 point improvement on his previous best and fourth in the competition.
In the 400 meters, Ryan Versen equaled his PR and won the open section in 48.41. In the open heats of the 400 meter hurdles, Adam Duerksen ran 54.71 for fifth, one place ahead of teammate John Klumpp's 54.96. Adam bettered the NAIA provisional mark putting him in the exclusive group of CU T&F men who have qualified for nationals eight times. Jeshurun Washington placed fourth in the 200 meter open in a new best time of 22:45.
Saturday, the weather turned cold and wet. That didn't slow down Versen who ran 53.05 in the 400 meter hurdle championship race, holding off Maurice Jones of Hillsdale by 2/100th of a second for the win. The time is second only to Ryan's own school record and fifth best in the NAIA this season. Zach Yeo took sixth in the 400 meter championship race in a season best 49.24.
Eric Schroeder joined Duerksen, Versen and Yeo for a season best 3:18.65 in the 4 x 400 meter relay, placing third.