Ohio) The Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio serves as the host site for the 2012
NAIA Indoor T&F Championships. Cornerstone's men competed at its Midwest
Indoor T&F Open with the intention of performing well enough to make the
return trip in March.
evening they went two-for two, qualifying in both events contested. The
distance medley relay of Jared Courtright, Adam Duerksen, Zach Yeo and Louis
Falland needed a time of 10:23.50 or better and through three legs they were on
pace. Falland had extra motivation for the anchor leg as his family was
visiting from Australia and in the stands watching him race collegiately for
the first time. He didn't disappoint, splitting 4:17 for 1600 meters brining
the Golden Eagles in 5th in 10:14.98.
ran a brilliantly paced race in the 5000 meters. In last place at 600 meters,
he held 54-55 seconds per lap on the 300 meter oval, moving steadily through
the field. After reaching 4800 meters in 14:35, the junior from Deford, MI
covered the final 200 meters in 32.9 for a 52 second personal best and NAIA
provisional time of 15:09.22 for 7th place.
teams entered the 4 x 800 meter relay on Saturday morning: Aquinas and
Cornerstone. Saints' coach Mike
Wojciakowski joked to CU coach Rod Wortley, "Instead of driving 6 hours we
could have come over to your place." As usual, when it comes to Cornerstone and
Aquinas, the setting means nothing but the competition means everything. Through the first three legs, John Klumpp,
Zach Bourdon and Falland kept Cornerstone within striking distance. Zach Yeo
pulled even with the Aquinas anchor with 150 meter to go, but his 1:55.6 effort
came up short as the Saints prevailed, 7:53.69 to 7:55.12. The time bettered
the NAIA provisional standard and was just .56 off the automatic mark.
returned to run a PR 1:57.22 taking 11th in the 800 meters. Jared
Courtright doubled in the 3000 meters squeezing .26 under the NAIA auto mark
placing 9th in 8:40.24.
Langdon had the best CU field event performance taking third in the 35-pound
weight throw with a 54' 6" effort.