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(Adrian, Mich.) Adrian College hosted the All-American Invite on a sunny, breezy day. The wind gusting up the homestretch slowed the sprints and made the distance races drafting contests. Cornerstone athletes competed well, winning six events.
Joel Leong took top honors in the hammer and discus, winning the hammer with his first attempt of 184' 2", more than seven feet ahead of second place. Leong battled a stiff crosswind in the discus and managed to throw 145' 9" beating out Adrian's Derek Stoll by more than five feet.
Jacob Erickson was another double winner, taking the 400 meters in 49.10. The senior built a solid lead in the first 200 meters and ran a strong second half into the wind, winning by 1.18 seconds. The 200 meters was much closer with Erickson holding off unattached runner, Matt Hewson 23.03 to 23.08.
John Klumpp came from behind in the 400 meter hurdles to overtake teammate, Adam Duerksen, getting the win in a personal best 56.44. Duerksen was second in 56.67.
The 4 x 400 meter relay turned into a WHAC preview between Cornerstone, Aquinas and Siena Heights. Aquinas jumped out to an early lead. Duerksen handed off to Zach Yeo over ten meters behind. Yeo's 49.6 second leg closed the gap for Jeff Burd who waited 200 meters before passing and delivered the baton to Erickson who stormed through the final 400 in 49.4, opening a two second gap at the finish. The Golden Eagles' time of 3:21.21 bettered the Saints of Aquinas' 3:22.37 and Siena's 3:28.65.