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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) One week after a lackluster outing in Kentucky the Cornerstone Men's Cross Country team bounced back with their best performance of the season at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championship.
This year's race was hosted by Calvin College at the very fast Gainey Athletic Complex course. Temperatures in the low 50's and a brisk wind created outstanding conditions and the Golden Eagles took full advantage.
Senior, Cody Risch decided to shake things up and led the team through the opening mile in 4:49 while Travis Mabe, Thomas Bambach and Jared Courtright trailed by less than ten seconds. By three miles, Mabe had pulled even with Risch, splitting 15:07 with Bambach close and Courtright 14 seconds back.
In the final mile, the quartet closed ranks then Risch launched a fantastic drive to the finish reaching the line in a huge personal best of 25:30, taking 23rd place. Mabe, Bambach and Courtright arrived just nine seconds apart with Travis running 25:37 in 29th, Thomas 32nd in 25:45 and Courtright 33rd in 25:46.
The Golden Eagles earned a top five finish with 191 points behind Grand Valley State's winning 20 point effort with Calvin second with 73, Saginaw Valley third with 138 and Northwood fourth at 162. Twenty-six Michigan colleges took part in the meet.