(Geneva, Ohio) The Golden Eagles continue to perform well on the second day of NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.
In the first event, the 3,000 meter race walk, Cornerstone sent three women to the line. Junior, Monica Lawrence spent the early laps in the pack that formed behind a great duel between the 2012 champion, Nicole Bonk of Embry-Riddle and freshman, Mereth Zalba of Missouri Baptist. Lawrence battled Goshen's Abby Dunn and Erin Helmuth for the third through fifth spots, putting in a great move with 500 meters to go. Dunn responded and held third to the finish. Bonk broke the meet record of 13:56.06 set in 2002, clocking 13:53.63 with Zalba :22 behind. Lawrence finished fourth in 15:20.17, taking :14 off her best time. Brianna Griffiths and Kayla Ovokaitys raced well together for most of the way, each in her first national meet. Griffiths used a great kick to finish twelfth in 16:41.38. Ovokaitys was :18 back, but picked up her third form violation in the last lap resulting in disqualification.
Anita Souza took third in her heat of the 60 meter hurdle prelims, running 8.86 to advance to the semi-finals. Ninety minutes later she took fourth in her heat of the semis, qualifying for Saturday's final in 8.79.
After contesting five events in the pentathlon on Thursday, Brittany Green returned to the long jump runway. Her second attempt measured 17' 11" putting her eighth after the preliminary rounds. Tiosha Beasley of Campbellsville reached 17' 11.75" in in the fourth round putting Green ninth. Brittany final two jump failed to find the extra inch needed to regain scoring position.
For the final day of competition Cornerstone has Lindsay Lipa in the triple jump, Souza in the hurdles and the distance medley relay. The entire meet can be viewed live on-line by going to www.naia.org