The Golden Eagles had another productive year in 2011 earning NAIA
All-America honors twice, setting five school records and three freshmen
records. In addition to a USA Track & Field National and a USATF Jr.
National qualifier, ten men with NAIA Nationals experience return for the
2011-2012 seasons joined by a talented group of freshmen.
Always a strong point at CU, this group has sent both individual and relays
to Nationals since 2001. The 2011 4x400 squad won the WHAC Outdoor title setting
both school and conference records, giving the Golden Eagles eleven consecutive
trips to Indoor and/or Outdoor Nationals. Senior Adam Duerksen (Mancelona HS / Mancelona,
MI), junior Zach Yeo (Cedar Springs HS /
Cedar Springs, MI), Spencer Perry (Lenawee Christian HS / Adrian, MI) and Ryan
Versen (Kenowa Hills HS / Grand Rapids, MI) return. Zach Yeo, who was named the
2010 WHAC Indoor Athlete of the Year in his freshman campaign, broke the CU
school record indoors in the 600m (1:20.30), and posted an NAIA qualifying mark
in the 400m (48.33) as a sophomore. Ryan
Versen set the 400m freshman record running 48.23 at the outdoor WHAC
meet. Transferring into Cornerstone is
three-time NJCAA national qualifier, Stephen Murphy (Rend Lake CC / Lamphere
HS). Murphy was the 2009 MHSAA D2 state champin the 400 meters when he ran
47.94. Additional depth comes from
freshmen Alex Macias (Haslett HS / Haslett, MI) who was part of the MHSAA
Division 2 state runner-up 4x400, and Jeshurun Washington (Forest Hills Eastern
HS / Kentwood, MI) who qualified for the MHSAA Division 2 championships and
finished 8th in the 100m.
CU hurdlers scored in the 60H, 110H and 400H at the conference level last
season. Three from that group posted NAIA
national qualifying marks in the 400m hurdlers. Senior co-captain John Klumpp
(Wyoming Park HS / Wyoming, MI) and fellow senior Adam Duerksen have run 53.85
and 54.19 respectively. Versen bettered the freshman and school records in the event
and earned a trip to the USATF Junior Nationals with his time of 52.98
Sophomore, Spencer Perry cleared 6' 4" in the high jump last season and is
joined by freshman, Cameron Hill (Coopersville HS / Marne, MI) a MHSAA D2 state
qualifier with a best of 6' 2". In the long jump, junior Eric Schroeder
(Climax-Scots HS / Scots, MI) comes off a great fall of preseason conditioning
and should improve his spots on the CU indoor and outdoor top ten lists.
Excelling in both pole vault and long jump is MHSAA All-State athlete Logan Norton
(Calvin Christian HS / Comstock Park, MI) whose career bests include 14'8" in
the vault and 20' 9.75" in the long jump.
Cornerstone's strong distance
tradition continues led by men with NAIA nationals experience.
Jared Courtright (Hudsonville, HS /
Wyoming, MI) has helped qualify the distance medley relay to indoor nationals
the past two seasons. The junior also qualified individually in the 3,000
meters (8:42.97) and holds a 5,000 meter best of 15:36.92. Classmate, Travis
Mabe (Cass City HS / Deford, MI) placed 28th in the marathon at the
2011 NAIA Outdoor T&F Championships and has PR's of 15:53.88 for 5,000
meters and 1:12:57 for the half marathon.
Junior Zach Bourdon (Reeths-Puffer
HS / Muskegon, MI) and sophomore Tyler Grey (Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac HS /
Penfield, IL) provide middle distance depth. Last season Zach lowered his 800m
best to 1:58.77 and Grey ran 4:08.38 in the 1500m. They are joined by freshman
Jared Holmberg (Muskegon HS / Muskegon, MI) who ran 2:00.22 for 800m and
4:35.66 for 1600m last Spring. Thomas Bambach (Allendale HS / Allendale, MI)
completed his high school career with bests of 4:27.76 for 1600 meters and
9:49.40 for 3200 meters. In addition to earning MHSAA Division 3 Division 3
All-State honors Bambach also qualified for USATF Jr. Nationals with a 10:06.56
mark in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
Spencer Perry, who captured the outdoor freshman mark in the Decathlon and
number two mark on the freshman heptathlon list, looks to become a first time
NAIA qualifier in the multi-events. Perry, recorded marks of 6'4" (high jump)
141'5" (javelin) and 4:37.68 (1,500m) in his best events.
The 2011 CU T&F Most Improved Award winner Bryant Langdon (Big Rapids HS
/ Big Rapids, MI) is set to lead the Golden Eagle throwers to NAIA nationals
qualifying in the 35-pound weight throw in his junior season. He is joined by
MHSAA D3 State qualifier and shot put specialist Ross Raymond (Leroy Pine River
/ Tustin, MI) whose high school best is 54' 4" and discus thrower Jon Norris (Hamilton
HS / Holland, MI) whose top mark is 144' 10".