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(Findlay, Ohio) The annual Findlay Indoor Track & Field Classic provides a great mid-season test of fitness and competitiveness. The Cornerstone Men's T&F team demonstrated plenty of both putting up seven national qualifying marks, eleven personal best as well as placing in the awards in six events.
Friday evening, the distance runners raced extremely well. Alex Green became the fifth Golden Eagle to break fifteen minutes for 5,000 meters. His time of 14:59.42 was good for second place and improved his position on the NAIA qualifying list. Stephan Larson (15:49.83) and Cody Risch (15:55.46) showed CU's depth placing fifth and sixth. In the distance medley relay, Jared Courtright, Jacob Erickson, Zach Yeo and Zach Ripley combined for third place and a provisional qualifying mark, clocking 10:25.84, just over the NAIA automatic standard of 10:25.45. Kris Shear took third in the 3,000 meter race walk. His time of 15:04.50 was nearly one minute under the NAIA automatic qualifying standard. He also broke the school record of 15:29.46 set in 2007 by Kelvin Shuneson.
In the 35 pound weight throw, Joel Leong faced his best competition of the season, including two-time U.S. Olympic hammer thrower, A.G. Kruger. Kruger won by over five feet with a throw of 75' 3". Leong had his best series, with three of his six attempts landing beyond 60'. His best toss, 61' 3.5" was good for sixth and farther than anyone in the NAIA has thrown this season.
Saturday, Jake Erickson ran a PR 49.33 in the 400 meters. He placed second and bettered the NAIA automatic qualifying standard of 49.60. Zach Yeo took third in the 600 meters setting a new freshman record of 1:22.44. The old mark of 1:23.02 was set in 2003 by Jordan Harrison.
Alex Green and Stephan Larson had enough left in their legs after the 5,000 meters to run personal bests in the 3,000. Green finished fourth with his second automatic qualifying mark of the weekend, 8:40.96 while Larson lowered his best to 9:08.98 in fifteenth place.
Kurtis Koffkey, Yeo, Adam Duerksen and Erickson put the Golden Eagles on the medal stand one last time taking second in the 4 x 400 meter relay behind the host team in 3:25.38.