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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) On a beautiful day to run fast at the Gainey Athletic Complex, Cornerstone's women did exactly that, chopping 1:28 of the school record for the fastest team time in a 5k Cross Country race. The Knight Invitational grew to 22 teams adding more quality to the competition.
Jill Louisignau led the charge, spending most of the race in the top 20. Freshman, Audrey Tremaine and senior, Julia Contreras worked together early on as did Julie Oosterhouse and CallyAnne Wyma, until Wyma's right shoe was stripped off near the 2 kilometer mark. She continued without it.
Louisignau finished 21st in 18:38 with Oosterhouse using her All-American 800 meter kick to catch Audrey just before the finish. Both were clocked in 18:52, placing 23rd and 24th. Tramaine's time makes her the third fastest freshman in CU history behind Erin Clason and Oosterhouse. Contreras lowered her PR by :39, finishing 37th in 19:06.
Wyma reached the line in 19:41 in 59th place. With the timing chip still attached to her lost shoe, officials used the back-up finish cameras to position her properly in the results.
The total of the Golden Eagles' top five finisher's times came to 95:11. The old school record of 96:39 was run twice, once on the same course in 2009 and also in 2000 in Concord, MI.
"We usually get a lot of PR's at this meet," said coach Rod Wortley. "To break the team time record by so much with just 1 PR in the top five shows we are running very well as a group. These women trained hard over the summer and this is what happens when you do that."
Calvin College won the meet with 34 points, ahead of Grand Valley State with 64, Case Western's 121 and Aquinas' 131. Ohio Northern completed the top five with 145 and CU was sixth with 161. Currently ranked 20th in the NAIA, Cornerstone defeated 14th ranked Spring Arbor and 17th ranked Indiana Wesleyan who finished 13th and 11th respectively.