Cornerstone - Men’s T&F claims four events at Findlay Classic
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FINDLAY, Ohio – The Cornerstone men's Track & Field team claimed four events throughout the weekend at Findlay while senior Deon Fox posted the NAIA's top mark in the Heptathlon up at Saginaw Valley State. CU will return to action Friday at Aquinas in the GR Sports Hall of Fame Classic.
The Golden Eagles won the first and last distance races at the Findlay Classic and picked up two more wins in between. Friday evening began with a one-minute margin of victory in the distance medley relay. Running solo the entire way, Joey DeBoer split 3.09.1 for 1200 meters, Jacob Brinks handled the 400 in 51.5 then passed the stick to Kevin Vroegh who covered 800 meters in 1:57.6. Colin De Young turned in a 4:14.7 for the 1600 meter anchor leg, giving the men the third fastest time in the NAIA this season – 10:13.07.
Later that evening in the 3000 meter race walk, Same Elmi improved his NAIA automatic qualifying time from the previous week with a PR 13:47.25 in fourth. Jason Rabie also bettered the NAIA auto standard in seventh, walking 14.10.71. Jacob Benson's PR 15:08.05 earned him an NAIA provisional qualifying time in eighth place.
Saturday In the mile, Joey DeBoer and Kevin Vroegh placed first and third. DeBoer took control in the middle of the race and cruised to an eight-second win. His time of 4:20.23 was a new best and under the NAIA provisional qualifying standard. Vroegh ran 4:30.13 in third.
Colin De Young and Nate Silvey swept the 800 meters. De Young led from the gun, winning in a CU freshman record, 1:57.00. The old mark of 1:59.17 belonged Kevin Vroegh from 2015. Silvey cracked two minutes, clocking a new best 1:59.10.
In the 60 meter prelims, Anthony Vulcano and Saiko Jawo-Smalla each took third in their heat advancing to the semi-finals, running 7.38 and 7.23 respectively. They placed eleventh and sixteenth in the semis with Jawo-Smalla running 7.21 and Vulcano 7.37.
Saturday came to a close with Zach Feldpausch making it another wire-to-wire win for CU, taking the 3000 meters in 8:52.33. Trevor Curtis grabbed third in a new best time of 8:58.38 after taking fourth in the 5000 meters the previous evening in 15:43.77.
William Helpel joined Brinks, Silvey and Vroegh to take third in the 4 x 400 meter relay, combining for a season best 3:28.82
Cross Country/Track & Field Contact: Aaron Sagraves