Cornerstone U - Fox sets school record in heptathlon at Findlay
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FINDLAY, Ohio – Deon Fox (SR/Muskegon, Mich.) had a strong showing last weekend at GVSU and that carried over into this weekend as the senior posted a new school record in the heptathlon at the Findlay Classic. The mark is the second best in the NAIA this season as he led a strong effort for the men's track & field team in Ohio. CU will return to the track next Friday at the first ever GR Sports Hall of Fame Classic at Aquinas College.
Cornerstone senior, Deon Fox spent the two days at the Findlay Classic , dismantling the school record in the seven-event heptathlon. In the process he put himself second on the NAIA list. His teammates put up top three finishes in five other events including four other national qualifying performances. The meet featured over fifteen teams from around the Midwest.
Friday features the first four events of the Heptathlon with Fox winning two. He took the 60 meter dash in a personal best time of 7.30 and won the high jump, tying his best, clearing 6' 4". He earned 779 and 740 points respectively. His long jump effort of 21' was third best in the field of 12 men and worth 675 points. Fox managed 35' 11 ¼" in the shot put for seventh and 543 points, putting him second with 2737 behind Tiffin's Theo Mancheron with 2764.
Saturday, Fox took the lead in the competition winning the 60 meter hurdles in 8.45 for 872 points. A personal best of 15' 1" in the pole vault was worth 790 points and tied the CU school record set by Logan Norton in 2013. But Mancheron retook the lead clearing 16' 4 ¾". In the final event, the 1000 meter run, Fox lowered his PR to 3:01.99 for 645 points. He finished seventh, but maintained his runner up spot. His 5044 total points shattered the school record of 4979 set by Matthew Haskins in 2008.
Friday featured distance events and the Golden Eagles raced at the front in the evening's three races. In the distance medley relay, Keven Vroegh, Eli Vandervelde, Zach Feldpausch (SO/Fowler, Mich.) and Thomas Bambach (SR/Allendale, Mich.) duel the team from Heidelberg on each leg. Bambach opened a slight lead on the last lap and held it until the final meters as Heidelberg snuck past for the win in 10:24.07. CU's 10:25.48 was just .48 off the NAIA automatic qualifying standard.
Sophomore, Trevor Curtis (SO/Belding, Mich.) and freshman, Joey Deboer took turns pacing the pack in the 5k. Deboer had the better finish taking second in 15:46.75 in his first collegiate 5k. Curtis was five seconds back in third.
In the only Friday field event, senior Daniel Door improved his best in the 35 pound weight throw to 52' 8 ¼" to finish twelfth. The mark moves him to third on the CU all-time list.
The evening concluded with the 3,000 meter race walk. CU alumni and 2014 NAIA national champion, Cody Risch led from the gun, winning in 12:14.67. Senior, Nathan Vanderwall turned in the best time in the NAIA this season taking third in 13:39.60. Freshman, Sam Elmi (FR/Traverse City, Mich.) and senior, Isaac Withrow (SR/Tinley Park, Ill.) bettered the NAIA provisional standard. Elmi took fourth in 15:06.46 and Withrow was fifth in 15:09.56.
Saturday, senior Jon Brinks (SR/Hudsonville, Mich.) got things started winning his prelim heat in the 60 meter dash in 7.09. He took third in his semi-final heat clocking 7.01 then took fifth in the finals, running 7.01 again.
Feldpausch and Bambach joined forces in the 3,000 meters trading the lead and towing the field through the opening mile in 4:41. Jason Bumb, running unattached broke away but was reeled back in by the pair of Golden Eagles. Ian Kellogg of Otterbein had the best kick, winning in 8:46.79. Feldpausch got a personal best finishing second in 8:50.02. Bambach held on for fifth in 8:55.14.
The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Anthony Vulcano, William Hempel (FR/Huntley, Ill.), Vandervelde, and Vroegh finished the meet taking fourth in 3:28.31.
The Golden Eagles resume action next Friday evening at the first ever Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame T&F Classic hosted by Aquinas College.
Cross Country/Track & Field Contact: Aaron Sagraves