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(Hillsdale, Mich.) Friday night at the 45th Gina Relays hosted by Hillsdale College produced outstanding performances for the Golden Eagles.
Things got started with an exciting race in the 400 meter hurdles. Adam Duerksen out-leaned teammate John Klumpp prevailing 54.68 to 54.69. Both were just under the NAIA provisional qualifying standard of 54.75. In the next heat, freshman Ryan Versen finished in a freshman record, 54.72 giving Cornerstone three qualifying marks. The trio placed 11-12-13 in the field of 40.
Later that evening, as the women's 3000 meter steeplechase was finishing, the stadium lights went out. Within twenty minutes, dusk turned to darkness making it impossible to continue events on the track. Twenty minutes later the problem was solved and the lights came back on. Alex Green, who had been warming up for the men's steeplechase, warmed up again and joined the others for the Invitational heat. Looking for a personal best, Green rode along near the middle of the excellent field, keeping a steady pace between 1:12 and 1:14 per lap. A good last lap brought him to the finish in 14th place and his time of 9:15.02 lowered his PR by two seconds and was under the NAIA automatic standard of 9:20.00.
Spencer Perry endured his first decathlon. Of the ten events he had notable performances in the javelin, improving his best to 134' 9" and winning the final event, the 1500 meters in 4:37.67. Perry's point total of 5353 put him sixth and established the CU freshman record.
Saturday brought sunny skies and more personal good performances. Issac Cox raced an exciting 800 meters taking second in 1:53.38 for an NAIA automatic qualifier.
Duerksen , Versen, Cox and Yeo combined for third in the 4 x 400 meters. Their time of 3:20.09 put them just behind WHAC rivals, Indiana Tech setting up a rematch at the conference meet in one week.