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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.
(Des Moines, Iowa) The third day of the USATF Jr. National Championships dawned cloudy and humid and by mid-morning the rumble of thunder echoed around Drake Stadium. Cornerstone freshman, Michael Mahon sat with the other competitors in the hammer throw in the clerking tent waiting to be led to the throwing venue when the rain started.
A thunderclap exploded nearby and spectators and athletes were evacuated from the stadium. For the next 30 minutes, Mahon sat in the Knapp Basketball arena watching youtube videos of Olympic shot putter, Reese Hoffa with coach Rod Wortley. The all-clear announcement came and Mahon moved back to the staging area. Once the officials cleared the water out of the circle, competition began slightly behind schedule.
First up in the first of two flights, Mahon's first attempt sailed 179' 4" and remained his best of three attempts and placed third in the flight. After the second flight, Mahon stood fifteenth. Of the 23 athletes in the field, four were from Michigan schools. Darien Thorton of Grand Valley State placed third with a throw of 221' 4" with Dylan Banagis of Central Michigan ninth at 191' 6" and Anthony Jones of Eastern Michgian 21st with a throw of 170'. Rudy Winkler from New York won with a mark of 245' 5".
DES MOINES, IA (6/20) Deon Fox ended his freshman season finishing sixteenth in the decathlon at the USA Track & Field Jr. National Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, IA.
Fox began the second day of the competition by lowering his best time in the 110 meter hurdles. Running the 39' high school hurdles instead of the 42' height, Deon finished in 14.71, more than half a second faster than his PR from his senior year in high school.
An 88' 4" mark on his first attempt in the discus scored 404 points. The next two throws went significantly farther, but failed to land inside the sector.
A strong tailwind and temperatures in the 80's made for a fast runway in the pole vault. Fox cleared 13' 1 ½", more than a foot below his best, but good for 617 points, twelfth in the field. He made up with an eleven foot PR in the javelin, throwing 147' 11" on his first attempt scoring 516.
The long day came to an end with a difficult 1500 meters on the hot track. Fox managed 5:23.49 for 432 more points bringing his total to 6230 and a sixteenth place finish. Wolf Mahler of Belton High School in Texas won with 7419 points.
"This was much different than my first two decathlons," said Fox. "I had a better idea of what to expect and knew what was coming. At Hillsdale and NAIA Nationals, just about everything went right. It was good for me to have to respond when things didn't go the way I planned in the pole vault and discus. "
Friday, CU's Michael Mahon competes in the Jr. Men's Hammer throw.
(Des Moines, Iowa) Cornerstone freshman, Deon Fox completed the first day of the USA Track & Field Junior National Championships in thirteenth place, setting three personal bests in the five events.
Conditions at Drake Stadium were ideal. With temperatures in the low 80's and a pleasant breeze, Fox started the competition running 11.63 in the 100 meters. A personal best, the time was worth 725 points putting Fox seventeenth in the field of 23 competitors.
In the long jump, Fox leaped a PR 21' 4 ¾" for 702 points, then sent the 6 kilogram shot put 38' 6" adding 589 points.
The high jump kept the athletes sitting on the infield for nearly two hours. Fox cleared 6' 1 ½" for 687 points. "The officials did a good job of keeping us relaxed. It was easier to be calm and enjoy the day than it was at NAIA Nationals, even though this is a US championship meet in a big stadium."
Deon added another PR running 53.21 in the 400 meters, ending the day with 3375 points in thirteenth place.
Competition resumes Thursday with the remaining five events.
(Marion, Ind.) On the final day of the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, the Cornerstone men added one more All-American as Travis Mabe placed seventh in the marathon.
The senior from Deford, MI covered the 26.2 mile distance in 2:31:40.90, a personal best by over nine minutes. "Travis has improved tremendously in this event the last three years," said coach Nate Van Holten. "He was 28th two years ago and fifteenth last year. He's worked incredibly hard and persevered when it would have been much easier to give up on the goal of being All-American. I'm very proud of him." Ben Foreman also lowered his PR, taking thirteenth in 2:34:17.90. Nathan Martin of Spring Arbor won the event, shattering the championship record by nearly two minutes in a solo run of 2:19:18.70. Marin also won the 10,000 meters on Thursday night and was chosen as the Outstanding Performer of the meet.
The Golden Eagles tallied seventeen points with five All-Americans to finish sixteenth in the field of 60 scoring teams. Indiana Tech took the team title with 72 points, ahead of Oklahoma Baptist's 68. The Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference put four teams in the top 25 as Siena Heights scored 16.33 to finish seventeenth and Aquinas placed 24th with 14.