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(Cedarville, Ohio) The Cornerstone University men's race walkers went three-for three at the Cedarville Collegiate Invitational with each athlete accomplished what they set out to do.
Senior, Cody Risch improved his time from the previous week, breaking the school record, recording the fastest time in the NAIA this season and defeating two men who walked at the Olympic Trials last June. "Cody looked phenomenal," said Coach Nate Van Holten. "He went right to the front and commanded the race against Mike Mannozzi and Dan Serianni. To go that fast was very impressive since it was really a solo effort."
Risch won in 12:04.83, breaking the school record of 12:20.49 set by Kris Shear in 2011.
After waiting a month for his eligibility to process, sophomore, Nate Vanderwall made the most of this first competition of the season. He placed fourth, lowered his personal best to 13:41.64, over thirty seconds under the NAIA automatic qualifying standard. Classmate Issac Withrow just missed getting his qualifier the previous week and made every effort to not repeat that experience. He stayed on pace most of the fifteen laps and made a big push over the final 200 meters to finish in 15:13.94, achieving a provisional qualifying mark by 1.06 seconds.