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(Geneva, Ohio) School and freshman records fell and Cornerstone T&F women won two more All-America plaques on the second day of the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.
The day opened with the 3,000 meter race walk. Sophomore Monica Lawrence battled Erin Helmuth for second most of the race, surging ahead just after halfway to neutralize the Goshen walker's better finishing kick. In the final lap Erin pulled clear and Monica finished a comfortable third earning her first All-America plaque.
Anita Souza breezed through the prelims and semifinals of the 60 meter hurdles running 8.63 and 8.68. She goes into Saturday's final as the number two seed.
Brittany Green advanced to the finals of the long jump in ninth place with a mark of 18'.5". The freshman from Ohio then had two jumps of 18' 7" to move up to sixth to take home All-America honors. Lindsay Lipa jumped 17' 2" and finished fifteenth.
Larissa Hampton took down the twelve year old freshman record in the 400 meters. Her time of 58.28 bettered the mark of 58.40 run by Christie Harris in 2000. The Fort Wayne, IN native placed 15th in the semifinals.
Julie Oosterhouse ended CU's day on a high note. In the 800 meter semifinals, Oosterhouse ran patiently at the back of the pack avoiding several shoves and bumps as women jostled for position in the first 400 meters. A fine 32 second last 200 meters brought Julie to the line in second, snagging an automatic qualifying spot in Saturday's final. Her time of 2:15.44 broke her own school record set last month.
With six events completed, Cornerstone heads into the final day of competition sixth with ten points.