(Ypsilanti, Mich.) The combination of cooler temperatures and a howling wind made most of the Eastern Michigan University Invitational a miserable experience. There were, however, some noteworthy performances.
Joel Leong took fifth in the hammer throw with a mark of 169' 10" and sixth in the discus. His best throw of 138' was severely hampered by the win as nearly everyone the field struggled to get the disc to stay flat.
Cody Risch ran three seconds better than his best time from the indoor season in the 5,000 meters. His time of 15:50.37 placed eighteenth, one spot ahead of teammate Stephan Larson's 15:52.69.
Jacob Erickson successfully battled the wind and most of the competition in the 400 meters. In spite of the conditions, the senior ran the second fastest lap of his four year career, taking third in 48.77, less than two tenths of a second off the NAIA automatic qualifying standard.
By the end of the day on Saturday, nearly all the 4 x 400 meter relay teams had scratched. Even without any competition, the Golden Eagles ran one of their fastest times of the season. Koffkey, Zach Yeo, Jeff Burd and Erickson combined for 3:21.19. Cornerstone's "B" team of Klumpp, Duerksen, Eric Schroeder and Jimmy Russ took second out of the slow heat with a time of 3:28.60.