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Women's Indoor Track & Field—The Cornerstone women traveled to Allendale, Mich., with the men's team this past weekend to participate in one of the season's largest indoor track and field meets. The meet was held by Grand Valley State University with events taking place on Friday and Saturday.
Julie Oosterhouse opened the Big Meet with two automatic qualifiers on Friday. In her first event, Oosterhouse ran the 600 meters in a time of 1:36.87, which bettered the NAIA automatic qualifying mark and was fifth overall. Lindsay Lipa improved her best in the same event to 1:39.53 for 13th place and Kaitlyn Bronkema finished 18th with a PR 1:42.17. Oosterhouse returned in the second heat of the invitational 800 meters for more of the same. Her 2:12.95 was good for sixth overall out of the three heats and broke the school record she set last season.
The second day of the GVSU Big Meet produced national qualifying marks with season and personal bests.
During the final event, the Golden Eagles needed to run 4:00.40 or faster in the 4 x 400 meter relay to earn their annual spot at the NAIA Indoor Championships. Lindsay Lipa, Julie Oosterhouse, Anita Souza, and Larissa Hampton placed third in their heat and seventh overall in 3:58.80, earning an automatic qualifying time.
Julie Oosterhouse finished her outstanding performance this weekend by being named the Women's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the WHAC conference. Cornerstone will return to action this Saturday when they travel to Trine University in Angola, Ind., for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Indoor Championship meet at 4 p.m.
Men's Indoor Track & Field—The Cornerstone men traveled to Allendale, Mich., this past weekend to participate in the GVSU Big Meet. The meet had all levels of collegiate athletics and different clubs from around the country during the invite sections on Friday and the open sections on Saturday.
The opening day yielded big results for the men. Led by Louis Falland's school record and NAIA leading performance in the mile, three CU school records fell amid five national qualifying performances.
Highlighting the mile race, Falland cruised through the final 400 meters in 59.1 seconds to win the heat and finish fifth overall with a final time of 4:07:57. Falland regained his spot as the top miler in the NAIA and broke the CU school record.
Ryan Versen ran the fourth heat of the invitational 400 meters, winning the heat and taking sixth overall as he plowed through the competition in the final 150 meters. His time of 48.50 bettered the school record he set last season and was well under the NAIA automatic qualifying standard. Zach Yeo finished fourth in the 600 meters, his 1:21.07 improving his NAIA provisional qualifying mark. Spencer Perry (1:23.38 / 11th), Zach Bourdon (1:23.51 / 13th) and Tyler Grey (1:26.71 / 25th) also recorded new best times.
In the 5000 meters, Jared Courtright moved to the top five on the NAIA list with a huge personal best of 14:47. Ben Foreman also raced well, improving his PR by 13 seconds, clocking 15:38.23. The evening ended with the always exciting 4 x 400 meter relay. For Cornerstone, Eric Schroeder, Spencer Perry, Ryan Versen, and Zach Yeo finished in a new school record 3:15.78. CU took second in their heat and tenth overall out of the four invitational heats.
During the second day of the Big Meet, Falland lost his first race of the season. After finishing second to Southern Illinois' Zach Dahleen, Falland consoled himself with the satisfaction of another school record with a time of 1:53.23 in 800 meters.
The 800 meters was the showcase event for the Golden Eagles as Yeo finished sixth with a personal best and NAIA automatic qualifying time of 1:55.40. Altogether, six CU men ran under 2:00, the first time in program history. Behind Yeo, Zach Bourdon was 17th in 1:56.85, Tyler Grey was 30th in 1:58.98, Jared Holmberg set a PR of 1:59.29 in 32nd and Thomas Bambach snuck in at 1:59.92 taking 39th.
After the weekend, Louis Falland was named Men's Indoor Track and Field Track Athlete of the Week conference honor. The Golden Eagles travel to Angola, Ind., Saturday for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Indoor Championship meet.
Women's Basketball—Cornerstone University's women's basketball team posted both a win and a loss last week against conference opponents.
At home on Wednesday, Cornerstone picked up their second win over Aquinas College this season. After a 6-3 run by the Saints late in the first half, the Golden Eagles took a 21-17 lead into halftime. The Golden Eagles would go on a 15-0 run half way through the second half before winning 54-42. CU's Ashley Niedermayer grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
In Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday, Cornerstone fell two points short of an upset against nationally ranked Concordia University. Finding themselves down by one point at the half, the Golden Eagles had their chance to steal the lead with one minute remaining left in the contest, but fell short to the Cardinals, 54-52. Cornerstone's bench outscored Concordia's bench 25-2 during the afternoon.
Following the week, Cornerstone moves to 17-11 overall and 11-9 in conference play. The Golden Eagles welcome Indiana Tech on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles will recognize their three seniors (Robyn Veltkamp, Kayliegh Hammond and Kathy DeYoung) on Wednesday before traveling to Lourdes University on Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. tip off.
Men's Basketball—The Golden Eagles' men's basketball team swept its pair of conference games last week.
Wednesday night, Cornerstone went on a late 10-2 run to open up a 26-17 lead at half en-route to a 51-44 victory against Aquinas College. The Golden Eagles were able to force the Saints to turn the ball over 20 times on the night while Wes Hudson recorded four steals. Derek Kingshott led CU with 12 points.
In Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon, Cornerstone downed Concordia University, 84-72. The Golden Eagles held a 20-point advantage at the half but Concordia was able to chip away at the deficit, pulling within three (65-62), but CU rode out the lead until the final buzzer. Wes Hudson led all scorers with 27 points.
After the week, Cornerstone improves to 18-10 overall and 12-8 in conference play. Looking ahead, Cornerstone plays two conference opponents this week. On Wednesday, the Golden Eagles welcome Indiana Tech for senior night (honoring Derek Kingshott) at 7:30 p.m., then travel to Lourdes University on Saturday for an 8:30 p.m. tip off.
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