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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 standard.
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.