Mich.) Friday night at the 45th Gina Relays hosted by Hillsdale
College produced outstanding performances for the Golden Eagles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the 400
meters Zach Yeo and Ryan Versen placed third and seventh with Yeo running 49.32
and Versen 49.65.
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.