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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) After a complete renovation, historic Houseman Field reopened to host the Grand Rapids Open. Unfortunately, steady rain and blustery wind persisted for most of the day keeping athletes huddled under the bleachers.
Rain filled the hammer circle and after repeated attempts to sweep it clear, failed to do much good, the throwers splashed through their turns. Joel Leong's first throw sailed 185' 3" which wound up being enough to win as well as a new school record. Joel set the previous record in 2009. Part of the renovation involved moving the throwing circles closer to Lyon Street. The throwing sector still had plenty of room for legal throws, but outside right sector line, the fence separating the throwing area from the sidewalk was barely 200 feet from the circle. Leong's fourth attempt went over the top of the high school discus cage, which was too short to stop an errant hammer, continued to the right of the sector line, flew over the fence and sidewalk before smashing into a vehicle parked on Lyon Street. The owner moved the car before Joel's next attempt and a thoughtful person stood on the sidewalk to discourage every driver who thought they'd found a great parking spot. His fifth attempt was closer to being fair, but smashed into the fence, giving it a permanent bend in the shape of a sixteen pound hammer. Leong's final attempt was also foul, taking out a few branches on a tree near the fence.
On the track, the CU sprinters made the most of the cold wet conditions. The 4x100 meter relay squad of Adam Duerksen, Zach Yeo, Jacob Erickson and Jimmy Russ edged out Grand Valley for the win, 43.28 to 43.56. Yeo led a 1-3-4 finish for the Golden Eagles in the 400 meters, clocking 50.4 ahead of Jeff Burd (51.2) and Erickson (51.4). It was Yeo and Burd finishing 1-3 in the 200 meters at 22.4 and 23.02. Deurksen took the 400 meter hurdles in 57.97 with John Klumpp fifth in 59.76.
The sun returned for the final two events as Cornerstone Duerksen, Yeo, Burd and Erickson combined for second in the 4 x 400 meters. Their time of 3:30.87 was five seconds behind Hope College.