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(Johnson City, Tenn.) On the final day of competition at the 2010 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, the Cornerstone men's team made a final push for a top ten finish.
Zach Ripley and Alex Green waited all day to run the 5,000 meter final. As the race got underway, the field of twelve stayed bunched together, the pace hovering around 73 seconds per 400 meters. Just before the mile mark, the pace dropped to 68 seconds per 400, stringing out the pack.
Ripley and Green hung with the lead group until the top three pulled away. With 800 meters remaining, the pair sat sixth and seventh. Ripley made a late push to claim fifth in a personal best time of 14:46.54. Green was less than once second off his best time, clocking 14:59.86 for seventh.
Eric Burck of Concordia, Oregon won in 14:33.22.
Ripley earned his first Indoor All-American award to go with the two he has in Cross Country and two for the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Azusa Pacific took the team title with 71 points, ahead of Wayland Baptist with 56. Cornerstone scored 18 which put them in a three-way tie for eighth, their highest finish at an NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship.