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(Saginaw, Mich.) After a second week of two-a-day practices, the Cornerstone University Men's Track & Field team returned to Saginaw Valley State University. In December, the distance runners performed well. Tonight the field event men took the spotlight.
On his way to a second place finish in the pole vault, Chad Butler took down the freshman record of 13' 7.25" set in 2009 by Brad Schweitzer. He then cleared 14' 4" to replace Aaron Damstra's 14' 1.75" school record from 2008.
Over in the throwing cage, Joel Leong dominated the competition in the 35 pound weight throw. His first attempt of 57' 9" wound up being 4' 6" past the next best mark. His second effort travelled 59' 3". Still lacking a 60' throw this season, Leong's first and second efforts in the finals produced very long fouls. On his last attempt he sent the ball down the middle of the sector an astounding 62' 7.5" adding more than two feet to his school record and taking over the number one spot on the NAIA performance list.
Joel added over 1 foot to his school record in the shot put, producing a 45' 6.5" effort on his sixth attempt, breaking the old record of 44' 4" set last season.
Jacob Erickson (50.56) and Zach Yeo (51.03) finished 1-2 in the 400 meters. Yeo also took second in the 200 meters clocking 22.86.
Kurtis Koffkey and Adam Duerksen joined Ericson and Yeo to win the 4 x 400 meter relay in 3:27.40