MYRTLE BEACH, SC (3/9-10) Sunny skies and warm temperatures created ideal conditions for Cornerstone's Track & Field sprint crew at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Senior, Eric Schroeder combined with freshmen Jon Brinks, Austin Hazen and Tyler Kubik for second place in the 4 x 100 meter relay. Their time of 42.88 was less than one second away from the NAIA provisional standard. "For three freshmen to pass the baton effectively in the first meet and run a good time is impressive," said CU coach, Rod Wortley
Schroeder also ran a personal best 11.25 taking twelfth in the 100 meters while Ryan Versen claimed third in the 400 meters in 49.05. Spencer Perry placed eighth in the 400 with a new best time of 50.36. Perry also added over 14' to his best in the javelin taking tenth with a throw of 167' 10".
Travis Mabe and Cody Risch ran a well-paced race in the 10,000 meters. Mabe covered the final mile in 5:00 placing third in 32:43.37 Rich was seventh, lowering his PR to 32:54.43.
The meet ended with sense of what might have been in the 4 x 400 meter relay. After Schroeder and Perry split sub-50 second legs, Versen put the Golden Eagles in contention with a 47.7. Zach Yeo was closing what was left of the gap on the leaders from Coastal Carolina when he felt a twinge and pop in his hamstring coming off the final turn. The senior wisely pulled up and walked off the track as the host team went on to win in 3:15.29.
The men are idle until the end of the month when they compete at the Grand Rapids Open at Housemen Field on March 29-30.