(Walnut, Calif.) Cornerstone University's Zach Ripley and
Alex Green traveled out to Mt. San Antonio College and competed at the Mt. SAC
Relays. Both Ripley and Green raced
well, securing qualifying spots for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field
Championships in May.
Ripley raced in the fastest of the four heats, of the 3,000
steeplechase races. "We were hoping for a faster first lap but the whole field
was slow," said Coach Nate Van Holten of the 71 second opening circuit. Zach
covered the next two laps in 69 seconds then settled into his target pace of 71
for the next 800 meters. "He was a bit anxious being in the invitational heat
with Olympians and international elites." Racing his first steeplechase since
finishing second at the 2009 NAIA National Championships, Ripley appeared a bit
rusty going over the water barrier, but ran well enough to run a personal best,
breaking the 9 minute mark for the first time. Ripley's 8:58.84 was nearly five
seconds better than the 9:03.61 he ran last May at the NAIA National meet.
Green ran in the second of the University/Open heats,
leading most of the first lap. "We didn't expect to for him to be leading, but
nobody took it out," said Van Holten. "Alex did a good job of recognizing the
pace was slow and not waiting for someone else to take it." Green's time of
9:17.84 was an improvement from the 9:19.73 he ran at the Coastal Carolina Invitation
in March and just off his personal best of 9:17.15 from the 2009 NAIA National
Both men are schedule to compete in the Brian Clay Invitational
at Azusa Pacific University on Saturday.