(Angola, Ind. ) The Cornerstone University Men's Track &
Field team took third at the 2010 Wolverine-Hoosier Conference Championships. Senior
Joel Leong won Performance of the Meet for his effort in the 35 pound weight
throw and freshman Zach Yeo won Performer of the Meet with the most points
(20.5) scored in the meet.
Joel Leong picked up where he left off at the 2009 Indoor
WHAC championship when he broke the meet record in the 35 pound weight throw
three times leaving it at 59' 10.25". On his first attempt he sent the
implement 61' 11.75". On his second attempt everything set up perfectly, "It
felt good so I kept pushing harder through each turn," said the 2009 NAIA
All-American in the event. "The finish was good and I knew it was going to be a
big throw." Indeed it was, bouncing over the eighteen inch wood barriers at the
far end of the throwing sector. The tape measure revealed how big: 63' 5.5" - a
personal best, school record and conference meet record. Leong, who has the
longest throw by anyone in the NAIA this season, added over nine inches to his
national leading mark. Still tired from the effort, Joel fouled his final
attempt in the preliminary round then had two more throws beyond his previous
PR in the finals, 62' 9.75" and 63' .5".
On the track, Alex Green won the 5,000 meters easily in 15:17.19.
Senior Stephan Larson ran a patient and tactical race moving up for third in
In the mile, Zach Ripley and the rest of the field let Joey
Snellink of Davenport take the early led. With two laps remaining it appeared
Snellink had stolen the race. Ripley's trademark 29 second last lap was almost
enough to catch the fading leader. Snellink barely held on to win in 4:18.53
ahead of Zach's 4:19.68.
The 400 meters featured another great duel between Siena's
Dough Dawson and CU's Jacob Erickson. The Cornerstone senior put in a strong
move after 200 meters, with Dawson closing in the final stretch to grab the win
49.06 to 49.21. Jeff Burd ran a PR 50.85 in fourth.
Next up, freshman Zach Yeo lit up the field in the 600
meters winning by nearly one second in 1:22.97. He returned in the 200 meters
with a freshman record and NAIA provisional time 22:32 to take second.
Ripley and Green teamed up for a great race in the 3,000
meters, breaking away from the field in the final laps to finish 1-2. Ripley
got the win in 8:47.07 with Green three steps back in 8:48.78.
The meet concluded with an exciting 4 x 400 meter relay.
Burd's 50.9 opening leg gave Yeo the baton two steps behind Indiana Tech.
Zach's 50.3 split reversed the positions for Adam Duerksen. Tech's third man
worked his way back in front of Duerksen. Adam passed to Erickson five meters
behind Tech. Jacob reached the shoulder of his opponent on the homestretch of
the first lap then beat him to the corner going into the first turn. Tech
stayed close but couldn't respond. Erickson's 49.3 anchor leg gave Cornerstone
the win in another NAIA automatic qualifying time of 3:22.10.
Leong was awarded the Performance of the Meet plaque for his
efforts in the 35 pound weight throw. The Performer of the Meet award for the
most points scored by an individual went to a surprised Zach Yeo who totaled
20.5 points for his win in the 600, runner up finish in the 200 and win in the
4 x 400.
Siena Heights took home the WHAC team title with 171 points
followed by Aquinas with 143.5 then Cornerstone with 114. Indiana Tech was
fourth with 72, Davenport fifth with 43.5 and Concordia scored 10 for sixth.