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(Allendale, Mich.) For the second week in a row, the Cornerstone Women's Track & Field team competed at a brand new stadium. This time it was the Al Owens Classic, just the second meet held at Grand Valley State University's new facility.
Friday evening a stiff, cold wind made the conditions miserable, but the results were not. Brittany Green took down the freshman record in the javelin, throwing the spear 92' 10" to take tenth place. She broke the previous mark of 83' 6' set by Nicole Daniels in 2005.
Haley Russell was also unaffected by the weather. The freshman extended her best in the hammer throw to 133' 9" placing 29th
Saturday the weather was much better and the competition strong. Green got her day started running the third leg of the 4 x 100 meter relay. After Lindsay Lipa and Larissa Hampton completed the first two legs, Green's good pass to Lauren Pierce, the senior captain charged down the homestretch to give the Golden Eagles the win. Their time of 49.33 out of the second heat placed seventh overall.
From there, Brittany moved to the long jump where she broke her freshman record. Her second attempt measured 18' 5.25" which bettered the NAIA automatic qualifying standard and earned her second place out of 26 jumpers.
Back in the throws area, Russell tied her best in the shot put taking twelfth with a mark of 38' 3.25".
After missing the freshman record on the 800 meters by 1/100th of one second last week, Julie Oosterhouse set her sights higher and demolished the school record. In what has become her standard strategy, the freshman from Byron Center ran near the back of the pack, covering the opening lap in 66.7 seconds. A 68.0 second circuit brought her home in fourth place with a time of 2:14.75, an NAIA provisional qualifying time. In addition to wiping out Julia Contreras CU freshman mark of 2:20.47 from 2010, Julie erased the school record of 2:17.29 set in 2009 by Andi Ripley. In the next heat, Contreras became the fifth woman in program history to run under 2:20. Her PR of 2:19.06 was good for twelfth place.
In the 5,000 meters, Audry Yonge used her great finishing kick to take second with in PR, 18:33.19. CallyAnne Wyma was less than one second off her best, finishing twelfth in 19:06.01. Sydney Tremaine lowered her PR by 30 seconds, placing 25th in 19:52.68.
Lipa, Oosterhouse, Larissa Hampton and Pierce ran a season best 3:58.95 to take fifth in the 4 x 400 meter relay.