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(Allendale, Mich.) After Friday's throwing events were postponed by highway speed wind gusts and blowing snow, Ross Raymond returned to the Grand Valley State shot put and discus circles on Saturday, bettering the elements and his personal bests.
While the rest of the events at the Al Owens Classic Track & Field meet were moved indoors to the Laker Turf building, the throwers remained outside where the temperature took most of the day to climb above freezing, but the wind chill never did. "There's a storage shed by the discus cage and shot put ring, but no real shelter," said CU Coach, Rod Wortley. "Grasping and throwing cold metal objects was a lost cause for most of the athletes."
But for some reason, CU sophomore, Ross Raymond had his best day. In the shot put, Raymond's third attempt measured 43' 11.5", a personal best by five inches and good for tenth place. In the discus, his second attempt was a new best, 134' 1" followed by a 139' 6" effort on his next throw. The mark put him thirteenth in the competition and second on the CU all-time list.
Indoors, Logan Norton took advantage of pole vaulting without it being windy or cold and placed seventh in a season best 14' 6.75".
In the 5,000 meters Cody Risch raced aggressively through the opening mile in 4:49 and two miles in 9:43 on his way to a new best time of 15:18.94 to place sixth.