(Allendale, Mich.) A thin layer of ice on the track and heavy frost on the infield caused the Al Owens Classic to move all but the throws inside the Laker Turf Building. Cornerstone runners took advantage of the ideal conditions and raced well.
Julie Oosterhouse won the 800 meters. Running the event for the first time this season, the 2012 All-American used her consistent pacing ability to perfection, clocking 33 seconds for each 200 meters. The sophomore swept past the lead pack with 100 meters to go, winning by one second in 2:14.80 and bettering the NAIA provisional qualifying standard.
With no way to do the steeplechase indoors, the 3,000 meters was run instead. Jill Louisignau raced with the lead pack of four, passing the mile in 5:30. With 400 meters remaining, Albion's Amanda Weaver launched her kick. Louisignau proved the best chaser taking second in personal best, 10:20.43 to Weaver's 10:16.57.
In the 1500 meters, Audrey Tremaine came within 1.5 seconds of Julie Oosterhouse's freshman record, lowering her PR to 4:53.52 and taking second in her heat and thirteenth out of 64.
The 100 meters switched to the 60 meter dash and Katie Walker advanced to the finals by running 8.23 in the prelims. The freshman from Cadillac placed fourth in the finals in a new best time of 8.07. Walker also took seventh in the 200 meters with a new PR, 26.50.
Meanwhile at the outdoor track throwing circles, Golden Eagles, Kayleigh Hammond and Haley Russell endured miserable conditions. Friday's hammer throw competition saw wind gusts of over 40 miles per hour with sporadic snow and sleet. Saturday the wind abated, but temperatures fell to below freezing most of the day. Russell threw well enough to make the finals in the discus and took seventh with her 122' 8" effort.
Back inside, the 4 x 400 meter team of Kaitlyn Bronkema, Oosterhouse, Lyndee Sayers and Larissa Hampton took second. Hampton's 58.2 anchor leg caught the host team in the final strides. Cornerstone clocked 4:01.24 to GVSU's 4:01.32.