ALLENDALE (1/13) The Bob Eubanks open hosted by Grand Valley State featured plenty of quality competition.Cornerstone's T&F men took full advantage of the opportunity as five set personal bests.
One of the most exciting events of the evening was the 600 meter run, which featured athletes from Notre Dame, Michigan State, GVSU and CU's Zach Yeo. The entire field got out quickly and remained a tightly bunched pack. They passed half way on track record pace, with everyone still together. Over the final 150 meters Christopher Giesting of Notre Dame pulled ahead with the next four spots up for grabs.
Coming off the last turn, Giesting held the lead as the chase pack spread four lanes wide. Yeo moved out to lane three and took his shot along with the others. Giesting got the win in 1:19.12, tying the Kelly Turf Building record. Just 4/10th of a second separated the next four spots. Yeo ran 1:20.72, bettering the NAIA automatic mark taking fifth.
In the 60 meter dash prelims, Jeshurun Washington (7.23) and Eric Schroeder (7.27) ran personal bests and advanced to the finals. Washington placed tenth in the finals with another PR of 7.17 and Schroeder finished 13th running 7.27 again. Both men ran their third PR's of the meet in the 200 meters. Schroeder proved faster at the long distance taking 12th in 22.93 with Washington 20th in 23.48
In the middle distances, Zach Bourdon took ninth in the 800 meters lowering his best to 1:59.43. Jared Courtright and Louis Falland raced the mile together. Jared set the pace for 1200 meters then Falland launched into an impressive kick, covering the final 400 meters in 62 seconds. His debut at the distance was just .12 off the NAIA provisional standard and his time of 4:22.12 put him fourth on the CU all-time list. Courtright was just off his best clocking 4:25.57.
Cameron Hill had the best CU field event performance of the meet taking sixth in the high jump with a personal best clearance of 6' 3.5".
Schroeder, Adam Duerksen, John Klumpp and Yeo took seventh in the 4x400 meter relay, running 3:26.10.