(Grandville, Mich.) One year ago, CU Men's Cross Country Coach improvised an accurate half marathon course on just a few days' notice. The event in Nebraska he planned to take his athletes to was cancelled due to inclement weather. This year, with more time, Van Holten put together an excellent course and attracted 30 entrants from five NAIA schools.
The forecasted snow fell overnight, but didn't stick to the road. The start / finish line had to be moved, since the precipitation collected in an ankle deep puddle on the original line.
Trisha Nelson of Bethel was the first woman finisher, clocking 1:28:01. Cornerstone senior, Julia Contreras cranked out a 6:33 last mile to finish in 1:29.13. CallyAnne Wyma raced with Contreras for 12 miles and came in at 1:29:42. The top three women were under the NAIA auto mark of 1:31:00. Emily Dean of Indiana Wesleyan and Cornerstone's Leah Shepherd followed in 1:31:26 and 1:32:31 to better the provisional standard of 1:33:00.