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(Hillsdale, Mich.) The first day of the expanded format of the Hillsdale College Gina Relays produced great results for the Cornerstone University women.
A steady wind of 10-15 miles per hour almost turned the first event of the heptathlon into a disaster. With the wind at her back for the 100 meter hurdles, Brittany Green nearly plowed into the seventh hurdle, but managed to right herself and finish in 15.74. Teammate Lindsay Lipa managed 16.86.
Neither freshman fared well in the high jump, with both clearing 4' 8.25". From there it was on to the shot put. Green's second attempt went 37' 10.5" which was good for 631 points. Lipa earned 397 with her 26' 1.5" effort.
The first day concluded with Green edging Lipa in the 200 meters, 26.59 to 26.81.
The rest of the evening featured distance events. Julia Contreras got things going placing ninth in the 1500 meters in 4:53.23. Half the women's cross country team finished the day with personal bests in the 5,000 meters. Mindy Lewis led the way with a 24 second PR, running 19:07.30. Sydney Tremaine ran her second PR in two weeks with a 19:45.96 followed by Jamie Caminiti in 20;31.67, Leah Shepherd in 20:46.66 and Brianna Griffiths clocking 21:03.98.
Friday, Haley Russell improved her best in the shot put to 39' 2.25" just ¾ of an inch away from the freshman record. Green and Lipa improved their javelin bests as the heptathlon resumed. Brittany added to her freshman record with a throw of 103' 6" and Lipa best throw measured 63' 4". Green also bettered the NAIA automatic mark in the long jump, going 17' 9.5" while Lipa leaped 17' .75". The pair finished together in the seventh and final event, the 800 meters with Green getting the better lean in 2:41.66 to Lipa's 2:41.78.
Brittany's 4404 points won the competition and bettered the CU freshman record of 3705 set by Nicole Daniels in 2005. Lipa also eclipsed the old mark with her 3724 total and finished second.
CallyAnne Wyma and Liz Baller also ran new bests in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Wyam finished 21st in 12:18.00 with Baller 22nd in 12:28.22.
Saturday the weather turned colder with rain making things miserable much of the time. In spite of the conditions, Larissa Hampton took seventh in the championship heat of the 400 meters, running 59.64. In the 800 meter championship section, Julie Oosterhouse placed third in 2:16.99.
Lipa, Oosterhouse, Hampton, and Lauren Pierce put together a 4:07.00 4 x 400 meter relay for fifth place to end the day.