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(Adrian, Mich.) Rain christened the inaugural meet at Siena Heights' new O'Laughlin Stadium as the first and last events endured passing showers. In between the CU women had eleven top-five performances.
Conditions were at their worst for the 10,000 meter run with light to steady rain during all 25 laps. Janelle Brown (43:11.78), Jamie Caminiti (43:57.34) and Leah Shepherd (45:05.00) sloshed through the conditions and some confusing lap counting by the officials to finish 6-7-8.
The weather had little effect on the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Liz Baller splashed her way to a personal best 12:32.70, good for fifth place.
In the 1500 meters, Audry Yonge used her great kick to cover the final lap in 1:15, resulting in a personal best 4:55.55 and fifth place finish.
Brittany Green had a good day in running, jumping and throwing events. The freshman from Ohio took fourth in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.15, third in the long jump with a mark of 18' and sixth in the shot put. Her 38' 7" effort was a 6' 5" improvement on her previous best.
Lindsay lip took fourth in her 400 meter hurdle debut, clocking 1:11.19 and fourth in the long jump with a personal best of 17' 8.25"
In the 800 meters Julie Oosterhouse and Julia Contreras completed the first lap in 1:10 with most of the field bunched together. Safely running in lane two, Oosterhouse broke to the front on the backstretch and began pulling away. Meanwhile, Contreras remained boxed in along the rail. With 200 meters remaining she found a way out and took off in pursuit of her teammate. Julie won in 2:20.48, just 1/100th of a second off Contreras' freshman record. Julia was second in 2:21.45, putting nearly two seconds on the rest of the field in the last half lap.
CallyAnne Wyma used a 1:22 final lap to take third in the 5,000 meters in 19:02.45.
After placing third in the 400 meters in 1:00.19, Larissa Hampton joined Lipa, Contreras and Oosterhouse as the rain returned during the 4 x 400 meter relay. The hosts from Siena got the win in 4:01.59 with the Golden Eagles second in 4:04.00