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(Angola, Ind.) The Cornerstone men took fifth at the 2011 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, earning five runner up finishes and one event title.
Senior, Alex Green entered the 5,000 meters as the defending champion from 2010. With no serious competition, Green planned to go after the meet record of 15:10.24 set by Cornerstone's Sammy Maiyo in 2008. Needing to average 36 seconds per lap, Green breezed through the first mile in 4:47, four second ahead of record pace. He held that margin through two kilometers and reached two miles in 9:41, still one second ahead. The pace lagged to 37 seconds per lap through most of the final mile, but a determined 34.8 final lap gave Green the win in 15:14.85, four seconds off the record, but a great solo effort.
In the mile ran patiently behind a lead pack of five for the first half of the race. When Dustin Heiler of Aquinas pulled away for the win, Courtright launched a devastating 31.9 kick over the final 200 meters catching everyone else to take second in 4:24.69.
Freshman, Ryan Veren charged through the second lap of the 400 meters to secure second in 50.41 while Zach Yeo took second in the 600 meters, clocking 1:22.28.
Ninety minutes after the mile, Zach Bourdon who finished seventh in the mile, one place away from scoring, lined up for the 1,000 meters. Seventh through four of the five laps, Bourdon tore through the last lap in 29.8 catching sixth and fifth before waging a terrific battle up the homestretch for fourth. Siena Heights Jesiah Rodriguez barely held him off 2:40.71 to 2:40.73.
Green and Courtright joined forces in the 3,000 meters, which turned into a three-man contest with Siena Heights' David Weeks, who was running his only event of the night. The first mile in 4:47 failed to separate the group. Green man a push with 1,000 meters to go, dropping 35.3 lap. Weeks responded and Jared went with him. After a lap in 36 seconds, the pair dropped to 33 seconds with 400 meters to go. Neither man refused to yield and a Jared's all out 29.7 last 200 prolonged the final outcome until the last stride where Weeks' fresher legs prevailed by .16 as he took the win in 8:51.93 to Courtright's 8:52.09. Green held on to third in 9:00.12. Louis Falland (9:16.38 / 10th), Kris Shear (9:25.46) and Travis Mabe (9:29.79 / 18th) all ran personal bests.
Siena Heights, Indiana Tech and Cornerstone ended the meet with the usual free for all 4 x 400 meter relay. Adam Duerksen lead off in 51.9, then Ryan Versen split an aggressive 49.5. Halfway through the race, all three teams were even. Spencer Perry's 51.0 brought the stick to Zach Yeo who battled his way to the shoulder of Siena's Doug Dawson with 100 meters to go. Dawson found another gear on the final turn to pull the Saints clear for the win in 3:22.54. Yeo chased all the way to the line for second in 3:23.17 with Tech third in 3:23.30