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(Allendale, Mich.) The appropriately named Big Meet hosted by Grand Valley State University featured over 1800 athletes and dozens of teams from across the country. The quality competition and a fast 300 meter track resulted in fantastic performances for the Cornerstone University men.
Travis Mabe got things off to a good start on Friday evening running a personal best 15:53.88 in the 5,000 meters, setting the tone for the rest of the CU distance squad. The next morning, Jared Courtright, Ryan Versen, Zach Yeo and Alex Green combined for a seventh place finish in the distance medley relay. Their time of 10:14.97 was the fourth fastest in school history and under the NAIA national qualifying standard. Peter Kaijala lowered his best in the 800 meters to 2:01.10, John Klumpp (1:25.10) and Tyler Grey (1:26.92) set PR's in the 600. Louis Falland improved to 9:16.99 in the 3,000 meters while Zach Bourdon set a PR of 4:40.68 in the mile.
Sprinters Jim Van Oss and Joe Hockett also ran best times. The senior, Van Oss clocked 52.12 in the 400 meters while the freshman ran 8.92 over the 60 meter hurdles.
Saturday night the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Spencer Perry, Adam Duerksen, Versen and Yeo claimed fifth in 3:19.23. The time was the fourth fastest in CU history and just .13 off the NAIA automatic standard.