Cornerstone U - Brinks leads Men’s T&F to second at GRSHOF

Cornerstone U - Brinks leads Men’s T&F to second at GRSHOF

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Senior Jon Brinks (SR/Hudsonville, Mich.) continued his outstanding senior season as the speedster took home two first-place finishes at the inaugural Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic hosted by Aquinas on Friday night. Brinks led the men's team to second overall among the four teams competing.

Cornerstone seniors won five events to lead the Golden Eagles to the runner-up finish at the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic. Hosted by Aquinas College, the meet featured four Grand Rapids schools, and scored the first to finishers from each team in each event.

Jon Brinks easily won his semi-final heat in the 60 meter dash in 7.09 then dominated the final. His winning time of 6.99 set a new personal best and was .2 ahead of the rest of the field. Brinks returned to take the 200 meters in 22.76, winning by .27.

In the 5,000 meters, Thomas Bambach (SR/Allendale, Mich.) ran patiently behind the leader for the first half of the race then pulled ahead at the end of the second mile. After passing 3200 meters in just under 10 minutes, Bambach dropped the pace for the next four laps opening a five second margin by the finish. This time of 15:30.19 was a new best and is the fastest time in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference this season.

One week after putting up the second highest heptathlon score in the NAIA, Deon Fox (SR/Muskegon, Mich.) used his multi-event skills to win two events and place in two others. Fox started by breezing to the fastest time in the 60 meter hurdles, clocking 8.29 then winning the high jump clearing 6' 3 ¼". After taking third in the long jump with a leap of 20' 1", Fox blazed through the 60 meter hurdle finals in 8.25 winning by nearly half a second. Fox finished his evening taking fifth in the pole vault clearing 14' 3 ½".

Cornerstone freshmen also contributed. Joey DeBoer (FR/Grand Rapids, Mich.)'s last lap kick in the mile capped an exciting three-way race. Aquinas' Jeff Cherry pulled out the win in 4:24.89 with DeBoer's push in the final meters earning second in 4:25.31 to Calvin's Jamison Koeman in 4:24.38. Classmate Eli Vandervelde lowered his best time in the 600 meters to 1:24.93 to take third.

Aquinas took the team title with 159 points with Cornerstone one point better than Davenport, 145 to 144. Calvin finished fourth with 122.

Cross Country/Track & Field Contact: Aaron Sagraves