Mich.) The first day of the expanded format of the Hillsdale College Gina
Relays produced great results for the Cornerstone University women.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Oosterhouse, Hampton, and Lauren Pierce put together a 4:07.00 4 x 400 meter relay
for fifth place to end the day.