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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) The Cornerstone Track & Field women's team spread their efforts in the final qualifying week over four meets, picking up an additional automatic mark, a new provisional mark and two school records.
Wednesday at the Aquinas Twilight Meet, there was little competition but the conditions were some of the best the team has seen all season. The sprinters took full advantage in the 4 x 100 meters. Lindsay Lipa, Anita Souza, Kaitlyn Bronkema and Katie Walker combined for a season-best 48.44, taking second.
After acting as the rabbit for three laps in the 1500 meters, Jill Louisignau stepped off the track as Julia Contreras (4:45.09), Julie Oosterhouse (4:51.04 / PR) and Audrey Tremaine (4:56.75) swept second through fourth.
The highlight of the meet came in the discus. After throwing within two inches of the school record on multiple occasions this season, Haley Russell's first attempt sailed 130' 5" breaking the old mark of 126' 4" set in 2011 by Erin Swinger. On her fourth attempt, Russell added nearly five more feet with a 135' 4" effort. Now less than four feet from the NAIA provisional standard, Haley launched her last throw 141' 1" for her third school record of the evening and her first NAIA national qualifying mark.
Friday, at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College, Brittany Green raised her high jump best to 5' ¼". The cool windy conditions prevented further improvement in the 4 x 100 as athe women took third in 49.15.
Julie Oosterhouse lowered her season best to 2:13.92, taking eighth in the 800 meters and bettering the NAIA automatic qualifying time.
Louisignau battled to sixth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase taking another twelve seconds off her school record set last month, running 11:01.98. Liz Baller was twelfth in a PR 11:43.57.
The 4 x 400 meter relay squad of Lipa, Oosterhouse, Souza and Hampton ended their season with taking tenth in 3:58.62.
Closer to home, Russell had her second best day in the discus, despite wet and windy conditions at Grand Valley State's Second to Last Chance Meet. She placed fifth with a mark of 132' 1".
Saturday in cold, driving rain, Trinity Hulst raced just off her season best clocking 2:23.63 for sixth at the GVSU Last Chance Meet. Russell managed only 109' in the discus the horrible conditions.