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DETROIT, Mich. – Zach Ripley had a standout career at Cornerstone and the success continues post-graduation as the alum won the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Half Marathon on Sunday. Ripley posted a time of 1:05:11 to win the international race that had over 27,000 registrations.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For the second time in the past three weeks, the Cornerstone cross country teams swept the weekly honors from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. The announcement was made Monday afternoon that Louis Falland (SR/Nuriootpa, Australia) and Julie Oosterhouse (SR/Byron Center, Mich.) were named the Runners of the Week after strong performances at the NAIA Preview Meet in Lawrence, Kan.
LAWRENCE, Kan. – In a preview of the course that will host the 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championships in November, the Cornerstone men posted a 15th place finish among 31 teams on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm. Senior, Louis Falland improved on his third place finish at the 2013 NAIA Preview meet, taking second at the 2014 event.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Golden Eagle cross country teams took home the top individual honors this week from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference as Julie Oosterhouse and Kevin Vroegh each were named the Runners of the Week. Both helped their teams to solid finishes in the Augustana Brissman/Lundeen Invitational.
(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Cornerstone senior, Louis Falland cruised to a convincing win at the Knight Invitational hosted by Calvin College. The overnight rain and the preceding women's race turned sections of the 8 kilometer course in to slick mud, slowing times at the usually fast Gainey Athletic Complex.
Running with the leaders from the start, Falland moved to the front after three miles and held the lead to the finish, winning by six seconds in 25:06. The only real drama in the race came when the lead vehicle got stuck twice and required the help of spectators to get it moving before the runners caught up.
Senior, Jared Holmberg paced a pair of freshmen. Holmburg placed 87th in 27:22 with Kevin Vroegh (98th / 27:30) and Brent Dunn (109th / 27:39) close behind. Sophomore, Jacob Benson completed the team scoring taking 156th in 28:19.
Calvin won with 55 points ahead of two top ranked NAIA teams – St. Francis (Ill) with 79 and Aquinas at 109. Cornerstone took eleventh with 303 points.