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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Aside from a blustery twenty mile per hour wind, conditions were ideal for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Cross Country meet at Riverside Park.
Cornerstone's top two, Andi Ripley and Janelle Lindman wasted no time, racing to the front of the pack. After an opening mile in 5:53, Andi worked her way into a three-way battle for second with Katey Cramer of Aquinas and Sarah Sherwood of Madonna. Lindman took her place in line as the pack strung out and held on to sixth.
In the final mile Ripley broke free and began closing the gap on the leader, Carly Plank of Aquinas. She got within ten seconds, taking second in 19:02 and earning All-Conference honors. Lindman's determined effort kept her in sixth, also making the All-WHAC team.
Senior, Nicki Erler improved five spots from the 2008 meet, taking tenth (19:57) in her final collegiate cross country meet. Freshman, Audry Yonge raced very well finishing 23rd in 20:32, one place and one second ahead of teammate Melissa Sawicki. They were followed by Sunny DeJong (39th / 22:01) and Julia Contreras (42nd / 22:51).
Lindman earned a return trip to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, having qualified in 2008 and Ripley will make her Cross Country Nationals debut in Vancouver, WA in two weeks.
Aquinas won the meet with 35 points followed by Siena Heights with 55 and Cornerstone at 49. Madonna (98), Indiana Tech (105) and Davenport (167) were fourth through sixth.