Men's Cross Country - Sat, Nov. 5, 2011
(Grand Rapids, Mich.) On a perfect day for racing at Riverside Park, Cornerstone's Louis Falland
competed like a veteran in just his sixth cross country meet, leading the Golden Eagles and securing a spot at the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, WA in two weeks.
As is usually the case the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference meet is a three way battle between Aquinas, Cornerstone and Siena Heights. The past two years, Aquinas has been favored to win, then upset first by CU and last year by Siena. This time, Aquinas put five in the top ten taking the odd numbered places, Siena took the even numbered spots before and after Falland while Cornerstone used their :33 second 1-5 gap to pack their second through fifth men between tenth and seventeenth.
Louis' time of 25:44 was a personal best by 14 seconds and his sixth place finish earned him All-Conference honors. Jared Courtright placed tenth in 26:00, qualifying for the NAIA national meet and second-team All-WHAC. Travis Mabe (26:07 / 11th) and Cody Risch (26:12 / 13th) were also recognized as second-team all-conference. Thomas Bambach closed out the CU score running 26:17 for seventeenth.
Cornerstone's 57 points put them third behind Aquinas' 25 and Siena Heights' 49. Davenport was fourth with 116 followed by Indiana Tech (144), Madonna (160), University of Michigan-Dearborn (197) and Concordia (229).