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ALLENDALE, Mich. – The 2015 Al Owens Open, hosted by Grand Valley State University, featured the best weather in meet history and the Cornerstone men took full advantage. CU had a strong showing out of the distance runners as numerous athletes posted PR's on the day. CU will return to action next weekend at Hillsdale.
HILLSDALE, Mich. – The men's track & field team returned to action on Saturday afternoon and had a fantastic day at the Hillsdale Invitational. Cornerstone combined to win five events at the meet hosted by the GLIAC school and Louis Falland (SR/Nuriootpa, Australia) and John Piatek (FR/Traverse City, Mich.) each captured a pair of those wins.
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – In the first outdoor track and field meet of the season featuring a full roster, freshman John Piatek (FR/Traverse City, Mich.) stole the show as he won a pair of events and set a school record in the discus. The team had strong finishes throughout in a meet featuring six other schools in the region. CU will return to action at Hillsdale on April 11.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Senior Travis Mabe (SR/Deford, Mich.) opened his final season with a dominant win, lapping the field and setting a new personal best at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The meet was the first outdoor one for the Golden Eagles as they will return to action in two weeks at the Grand Rapids Open at Houseman Field hosted by Aquinas College.
(Gulf Shores, Ala.) On the final day of the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, Louis Falland raced to second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase finals to give Cornerstone a top-30 team finish.
The day began with the marathon at 6 a.m. CU senior, Jared Courtright joined the field of 47 in brutal conditions for a 26.2 mile race. With the temperature at 68 and the humidity 100% at the start, eighteen men failed to finish. Courtright concluded his collegiate career finishing fifteenth in 2:52:00.30.
On the track Falland and Justin Kent of the University of British Colombia separated from the field in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in the early laps. Over the final 1200 meters, Kent pulled ahead. Falland finished ten seconds behind at the finish in 9:02.35.
Conference rivals, Indiana Tech won the meet with 105 point ahead of Wayland Baptist's 93. Cornerstone tied Aquinas and Evergreen State at 28th with eight points.