The Cornerstone T&F men competed in three meets in their
final races before the NAIA Outdoor National Championships May 26-28.
On Wednesday, May the Golden Eagles sent a quartet of 400
meter runners to the Aquinas Twilight Invitational. Zach Yeo took second in the open 400 in 48.93
and John Klumpp (54.53), Adam Duerksen
(55.09) and Ryan Versen (55.89) placed 6-7-9 in the 400 meter hurdles.
Friday evening at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by
North Central College, Alex Green did a final tune up for nationals by stepping
down to the 1500 meter distance. His 4:06.39 effort in cool, windy conditions
was just off his personal best.
Zach Bourdon, John Klumpp, Zach Yeo and Isaac Cox took
second in the 4 x 800 meter relay in 7:50.39. The time was a two second
improvement from earlier in the season, but just short of the NAIA qualifying
Yeo doubled a 49.53 in the 400 meters and Klumpp managed a
56.50 in the 400 meter hurdles following the relay. Adam Duerksen also ran the
400 meter hurdles, clocking 56.96.
The highlight of the evening was Ryan Versen's 400 meter
hurdle race. Assigned lane one, the hardest lane in which run, the freshman
took second with a stunning time of 52.98, a personal best by nearly two
seconds, a new school record, NAIA automatic qualifying time and under the
standard for the USATF Jr. National Championships. Versen moves to fourth on
the NAIA list heading into the outdoor T&F championships May 26-28.
Saturday, Kris Shear and Cody Risch lowered the school and
freshman records in the 5,000 meter race walk at Goshen College. Shear lowered
his school record another 34 seconds to 21:32.14 and Risch took 1:07 off the
freshman record with a time of 24:34.54.