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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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