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(Geneva, 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.
Friday 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.
Travis Mabe 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.
Only two 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.
Bourdon 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.
Bryant Langdon had the best CU field event performance taking third in the 35-pound weight throw with a 54' 6" effort.