(Grand Rapids, Mich. – Houseman Field) Great conditions and the usual great competition produced some great performances at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Houseman Field.
Going into the meet, the Golden Eagles knew they would be without their top distance runner, Louis Falland, who was still not fully recovered from an ankle injury. Falland leads the WHAC with the best time in the 3000 meter steeplechase this season and without him CU's streak of six consecutive conference titles in the event was in jeopardy. That left Cody Risch as the next available candidate, but he had not raced the event since the conference meet in 2012.
The race started conservatively with all eight competitors bunched in a single pack. Just before the halfway point, Risch made a move to the front, taking only Brenden Zoltek of Indiana Tech with him. Risch maintained his pace of 1:15 per lap and found himself extending his lead. His winning time of 9:47.53 was three seconds off his best, but more importantly, kept the WHAC steeplechase title with Cornerstone for another year.
Over at the shot put circle, Ross Raymond opened with a new best of 44' 3" then followed two rounds later with a 45' 8.5" effort breaking the school record. The longest standing mark in the CU T&F record books belonged to Keith Tuttle who threw 45' 7 ¾" in 1985. Raymond finished seventh, while freshman, Daniel Door extended his best to 39' 11 ¼" in fourteenth place. Mike Mahon took eighth in the discus with a new best throw of 135' 10". Spencer Perry got third in the javelin throw with a mark of 170' 6".
Thursday evening, Travis Mabe matched his runner up finish in the 10,000 meters from 2012, taking second in 32:21.30. On Friday the senior concluded his WHAC career running 15:28.28 to place third in the 5,000 meters.
Ryan Versen took second in the 400 meter hurdles. His time of 53.89 was just over one second slower than the meet record he ran last year. Deon Fox improved his best time in the event to 57.86 in eighth place.
Perry, Zach Yeo, Zach Bourdon and Versen combined for 3:19.26 to finish fourth in the 4 x 400 meters. C
Indiana Tech continued their dominance in the WHAC, demonstrating that they are one of the top teams in the NAIA, winning the team title with 265 points. Aquinas was second with 158 followed by Siena Heights with 128, Cornerstone at 54, Davenport, 32 and Concordia 13.