(Geneva, Ohio) After
ten years in Johnson City, TN, the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National
Championship meet moves to Geneva, OH for 2011. The Cornerstone T&F teams
competed in the GaREAT Collegiate Open hosted at the new Nationals venue and
came away with three national qualifying performances and eleven personal bests
and a school record.
The hurdlers got things going as freshmen Joseph Hockett and
Ryan Versen ran identical 8.96 bests. In the flat sprints Eric Schroeder
lowered his best to 7.44 in the 60 meters and 23.39 in the 200 meters.
It was a good day for the Golden Eagles in the middle
distance events. In the 600 meters Zach Yeo bettered the NAIA provisional
standard and broke the school record, taking second in 1:21.60. The old mark of
1:22.27 was set by Derek Scott in 2006. John Klumpp's 1:26.30 was also a PR.
Freshman Tyler Grey took third in his heat of the 800 meters with a new best
time of 2:05.14. Zach Bourdon cranked out a great last 200 meters to take third
in his heat of the mile with a PR 4:43.46.
In field event action, Matt Kimball added over 11" to his
best in the pole vault. His 13' 11.25" clearance moves him to fourth on the CU
All-Time list. Bryant Langdon scored two PR's first, a 33' 4.75" effort in the
shot put followed by a 46' toss in the 35 pound weight throw. That mark puts
him fourth in CU history.
The final two events of the meet provided more excitement.
Running in the fastest heat of the 3,000 meters, Alex Green and Jared Courtright passed
through the first mile in 4:38, right on the edge of NAIA automatic qualifying
pace. Both used a big kick over the final lap with Green squeezing one second
under the auto standard with his 8:39.75 and Courtright less than two seconds
under the provisional mark in 8:42.79.
The pair placed seventh and ninth in the field of 68. The 4 x 400 meter
relay produced a season best 3:22.26 as Versen, Adam Duerksen, Klumpp and Yeo
combined for second in their heat and the fourth best time of the thirty teams