(Grand Rapids, Mich. – Houseman Field) Conditions at the annual Grand Rapids Open, hosted by Aquinas College were perfect for early season competition. The Cornerstone women took full advantage, winning relays to start and end the meet while earning five other top four performances.
The 4 x 100 meter relay of Lindsay Lipa, Anita Souza, Larissa Hampton and Katie Walker got things started by winning easily in 49:27.
Most for the Golden Eagles efforts focused on field events. Brittany Green and Lipa placed second and third in the long jump. Green's best mark measured 17' .5" to Lipa's 16' 11.25". Brittany also took second in the javelin, throwing 104' 1".
Haley Russell took second in the shot put with a mark of 36' 11.5" and sixth in the discus with a throw of 126' 1". Kayleigh Hammond was seventh in a new best of 117' 7". Hammond also took sixth in the hammer throw at 127' 2".
The Golden Eagles put three in the top six of the 3,000 meters. While Jill Louisignau pushed the pace with the lead pack after going through the first mile in 5:40, Julie Oosterhouse and Julia Contreras moved up through the field in the second half of the race. The trio converged with 200 meters remaining and Contreras had the best kick taking third in 10:32.55 ahead of Oosterhouse in fourth at 10:33.10. Louisignau was sixth in 10:38.59 as all three set new personal bests. Kaylee Carew won the second heat, lowering her PR to 11:01.60.
Lipa, Lyndee Sayers, Souza and Hampton combined to win the 4 x 400 meters in 4:01.46, more than two seconds ahead of Hope College.