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ADRIAN (4/7) Cornerstone's talented freshman Track & Field women continued their impressive outdoor season setting four school records and winning four events. Altogether, the team had thirteen top three finishes under ideal conditions at the meet hosted by Adrian College.
The first record to fall came in the discus. On her third attempt, Haley Russell launched the disc 126' 1", adding three inches to the freshman record she set last week. The throw proved to be the winning mark.
Next came the 1500 meters. While Julia Contreras shadowed the leader, freshman Julia Oosterhouse sat back in the pack through the first three laps. Contreras' kick in the final 200 meters brought her to the shoulder of Kate Ardinger of Calvin College as the two reached the finish. Ardinger had the better lean winning 4:49.37 to 4:49.44. Julia settled for a seven second personal best and moves to the number two spot on the CU all-time list. Oosterhouse used her All-American kick to move into third in the final 150 meters, finishing in 4:42.08. Her time bettered the freshman record of 4:56.77 set by Audry Yonge in 2010.
Lindsay Lipa needed only one attempt to win the triple jump. Her first trip down the runway measured 35' 8". Not only was it be best jump of the day, it broke the freshman record of 35' .5" set in 2002 by Margaret Pelz. Two of Lindsay's next five jumps were also better than the old record.
In the long jump, freshman Brittany Green won with an NAIA provisional qualifying leap of 18' 2.5". That broke Leanne Ericksen's freshman record of 17' 1.75" set in 2001. Green also ran a personal best 15.40 to take second in the 100 meter hurdles.
Green and Lipa were joined by Larissa Hampton and Lauren Pierce for the 4 x 100 meter relay. Lipa led off, passing the baton to Hampton with a two meter lead. By the time Pierce crossed the finish line the gap had grown to over 1.6 seconds as the Golden Eagles clocked 48.62 for the win.
Pierce cruised to victory in the 400 hurdles in 1:08.18 and Hampton scored a second place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.02.
In the long distance events, Leah Shepherd got the win in the 10,000 meters running 45.46. Audry Yonge used a 39 second last 200 to take second in the 5,000 meters in 18:37.59. Mindy Lewis finished ninth in 19:31.69 as both women ran new best times.
About the time Haley Russell sent the shot put 36' 11" to place third, Lipa Oosterhouse, Hampton and Pierce set out to avenge a 1/100th of a second loss to Calvin College in the 4 x 400 meter relay one week earlier at the Grand Rapids Open. Oosterhouse grabbed the lead 300 meters into the second leg and the margin grew from there as Cornerstone beat the Knights by five seconds to win in 4:04.65.