Cornerstone - DeBoer earns All-American honors to pull curtain on T&F season
Provided by Cornerstone
GULF SHORES, Ala. – The final day of the 2017 NAIA Outdoor National Championships featured the second All-American plaque taken home by a Golden Eagle as Joey DeBoer finished sixth in the men's 3,000m Steeplechase and Philip Merrell posted a 14-minute PR in the Marathon as Cornerstone pulled the curtain on the 2016-17 athletic season.
The day opened bright and early in the morning with the Marathon as CU entered a trio of competitors in Philip Merrell, Kevin Vroegh and Trevor Curtis. While Curtis nor Vroegh was able to finish the brutal 26.1 miles race in 80 degree heat and 80% humidity, Merrell finished with a personal record time of 2:51:14 to finish 13th overall.
The first track event of the day featured a pair of Golden Eagles as Cathy Coryell finished a solid career with a 17th place finish in 12:12.79 in the 3,000m Steeplechase.
On the men's side, Joey DeBoer held with the top group of runners until the final lap as he fell back to sixth but it was still good for an All-American performance as he came across the line in 9:25.76.
The final race of the day featured freshman Colin DeYoung in the 5,000 but he pulled out halfway through the race.
The final team standings had Cornerstone scoring one point on the women's side to finish tied for 63rd while the men scored three points to finish tied for 59th.
Cross Country/Track & Field Contact: Aaron Sagraves