LOUISVILLE, KY (9/29) After two weeks of no racing the Cornerstone University women's Cross Country team was ready to compete at the Greater Louisville Classic. Of the nearly 150 teams from every national division, the Golden Eagles entered the Blue division as the top ranked NAIA program: 15th in the current poll. "This a bit larger than what the NAIA National meet will be and about the same level of competition so it's a nice preview of what we could face in Vancouver in November" said coach, Rod Wortley.
Forty-three teams stretched 337 women across the starting line before thundering across the soccer fields and into the woods. The opening mile featured the narrowest section of the course and the split times were a bit slow. The CU women pushed through the second mile, moving up throughout the remainder of the race with the goal staying ahead of the other NAIA competition.
Jill Louisignau led a tight 1-3 group taking 62nd in 18:56. Julie Oosterhouse and Audrey Tremaine followed quickly in 19:04 (72nd) and 19:08 (82nd). Julie Contreras placed 123rd in 19:26 and CallyAnne Wyma was 196th in 20:04.
West Virginia won with 41 points. The Golden Eagles tied for 17th with 504 points, finishing 65 points ahead of the University of St. Francis (NAIA #18) and 144 points in front of #21 ranked Taylor.