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(Allendale, Mich.) The Cornerstone University Men's Track & Field team opened the 2013-2014 season with two freshman records and a school record the Grand Valley State Early Bird meet.
Ross Raymond ended the 2013 outdoor campaign breaking the school record in the shot put. In his first event of the new school year he added nearly four feet to his indoor school record. Raymond's 49' 4.25" toss erased his old mark of 45' 7.25" and placed second. Gabe Turner opened his collegiate career with a freshman record in the shot put. His mark of 45' 2.5" added over a foot to the old record of 43' 11.75" set by Raymond in 2012.
William Russell also had a great debut. The freshman from Ontario, Canada won the 400 meters in 49.19, bettering the CU freshman record of 49.49 set by Zach Yeo in 2010. The time was also under the NAIA provision qualifying standard.
Logan Norton won the pole vault, clearing 13' 11.25".
The 5,000 meters proved to be one of the most exciting events of the evening as CU alum, Zach Ripley won in 14:17.68. CU seniors, Jared Courtright (14:47.66) and Cody Risch, (14:03.53) running unattached while waiting to use their last seasons of outdoor eligibility, took third and tenth.
(Allendale, Mich.) The 2013-14 Indoor Track & Field season got underway at the Grand Valley State Early Bird meet. Cornerstone women started and ended the evening with national qualifying performances as well as six top three finishes.
Julie Oosterhouse made the most of her fitness from the cross country season running the 5,000 meters, looking to take a shot at the CU school record set in 2000. The junior from Byron Center demolished the Erin Clason's old record of 18:17.03 finishing thirteenth in 17:52.55, well under the NAIA automatic qualifying standard.
Freshman Tess Odegard took third in the high jump clearing 5' 3.25" while Brittany Green finished fourth in a new best of 5' 1.25". Green and Haley Russell placed seventh (40' 3.5") and eighth (40' 1.25") in the shot put, giving CU two women over 40' feet in the same meet for the first time. Russell also came within an inch of her best in the 20 pound weight throw, taking fifth with a toss of 49' 9.25".
Lindsay Lipa had an incredible meet, bettering the NAIA automatic standard in the triple jump, taking second with a mark of 36' 5.5". The junior from Canton added a provisional qualifying leap in the long jump, going 17' 9" for second place.
To end the day, Lipa led off the 4 x 400 meter relay. Her effort, combined with Kaitlyn Bronkema, Lyndee Sayers and Larissa Hampton resulted in a fourth place finish and their time of 3:59.81 was another NAIA automatic qualifying performance.
"Ideally, you want to pick up where you left off after last season," said CU Women's Head Coach, Paul Koutz. "I'd have to say we did that today. These women have worked very hard all semester and if this is the starting point, things look pretty good."
The Golden Eagles made the trip over to Southfield to take on Lawrence Tech tonight and they made short work of the Blue Devils. Cory Cox scored 10 points in a 2 ½ minute span to give Cornerstone a 19-11 lead with 11:19 on the clock in the first half. The Golden Eagles would keep a double digit lead for the remainder of the game. Cornerstone gradually added to their lead throughout the first half of play and would go into the locker room with a 35-19 lead after Jake Plite hit a shot as the clock ran out in the first half. Cornerstone pushed the lead into the 20's quickly in the second half and kept on adding to that lead throughout the remainder of the game. All but one Golden Eagle scored in the second half of play led by Ben Lanning with 9 points.
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 60% (15-25) in the second half of play while limiting the Blue Devils to just 32.0% (8-25) from the floor.
Cornerstone will return home to host Madonna University at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Cornerstone got back to WHAC play tonight as they travelled down to Southfield to take on the Blue Devils of Lawrence Tech. The host got off to a quick start making baskets on their first three possessions to take a 6-1 lead. The Golden Eagles responded with a 9-4 run to tie the score at 10-10 with 14:35 on the clock. Cornerstone then made an 11-6 run over the next 5 ½ minutes to take a 21-15 lead but the Blue Devils would make a run to finish the half with a 30-26 lead at the half. The Golden Eagles would open the second half with a 11-7 run to tie the score at 37-37 with 14:31 on the clock. Cornerstone turned up the pressure and outscored Lawrence Tech 14-1 over the next six minutes to take a 51-38 lead with 8:22 on the clock. The Blue Devils would get the lead down to 10 (48-58) with 4:26 left in the game but that would be as close as they would get and Cornerstone would go on to defeat Lawrence Tech 66-50 to improve to 3-2 in WHAC play and 6-4 overall. Katelyn Cousins led all players with 23 points while Jill Hendrickson followed closely behind adding 19 for CU. Hendrickson also grabbed 15 rebounds for the Golden Eagles while Jill Steenwyk added three blocks on the night.
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 39% from the field compared to the Blue Devils shooting 35.3% during the game. Cornerstone was able to force 20 turnovers while grabbing 42 rebounds compared to their opponent's 34 total rebounds. The Golden Eagles also added nine assists, 13 steals and seven blocks.
The Golden Eagles will host another conference game on Saturday afternoon at Mol Arena. The Madonna Crusaders (RV) will face Cornerstone for a 1 p.m. tip off. Last year the two teams faced three times with the Crusaders ending the Golden Eagles' season in the WHAC Quarterfinal.
Following a 2-0 week that included winning the 18th annual Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Tournament this past weekend, the Cornerstone men's basketball team received a conference weekly award. Senior guard Wes Hudson was honored for games played from Nov. 17-23. The announcement was made by the conference this afternoon.
Hudson's week was highlighted with 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in Cornerstone's to victories. The Wayland native scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and had three steals as CU went on to defeat Calvin College on Friday night. Just 24 hours later, Hudson followed with a 16 point, two steals and three assist performance as the Golden Eagles topped the Flying Dutchman from Hope College. The senior was also honored to the All-Tournament team and was named the 2013 Hall of Fame MVP.
After the week, the Golden Eagles advance to 7-2 overall and will travel to Southfield, Mich., to face Lawrence Tech on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
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