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(Marion, Ind.) Almost everything went right for the CU women's team on the second day of the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Picking up from the previous day, Anita Souza and Brittany Green completed final three events of the heptathlon. Souza started with a scare in the long jump. After two fouls and only one attempt left, Souza planted well behind the foul board and got in a legal 16' 8 ½" mark, well off her best, but good enough to keep her in the top five. Green had two jumps of exactly 18' ¼", the third best in the field of sixteen. Next, Green sent the javelin 95' 11" and Souza 79' 6". Knowing she needed to finish even with Doan's Karissa Blank in the 800 meters to hold fifth place, Anita did exactly that finishing in 2:33.64. Green's 2:42.74 kept her in eighth. Souza scored 4547 and Green 4426. Briana Vander Woude of Doane won the seven event competition with a score of 5098.
Just 45 minutes later, Souza got into the blocks for the 100 meter hurdle semi-finals. Running in the third of three heats with the top two advancing automatically to the finals, Anita left nothing to chance, winning in a season best 14.16, the third fastest time overall heading into Saturday's final.
Julie Oosterhouse had the advantage of running in the third heat of the 800 meter semi-finals. After the first heat raced relatively slowly, the sophomore knew she could advance on time instead of place if the pace was fast. It was. After passing through 400 meters in 64 seconds, Oosterhouse moved up in the pack and reached the finish in fourth running 2:12.52, the fourth fastest time of the three heats, earning a spot in the finals.
Cornerstone sent three women to the line in the 5,000 meter race walk. Monica Lawrence raced with the lead pack early on then backed off slightly after receiving a form warning from a judge. Lawrence held the fifth spot while Brianna Griffiths worked her way up to sixth. Freshman, Kayla Ovokaitys entered the race as the fifteenth seed and worked her way up to tenth. After finishing first, Nicole Bonk of Embry Riddle was disqualified due to three form violations. Lawrence (26:28.55) and Briffiths (26:53.78) earned All-America plaques for their fourth and fifth place finishes. Ovokaitys was one spot out of the awards taking ninth in 28:29.11.
Cornerstone finished the day with the 4 x 800 meter final. Freshman, Trinity Hulst was substituted for Jill Louisignau, who led off the team in the semi-final so she could focus on Saturday's steeplechase final. Hulst put the team in position with a 2:21 opening leg. Audrey Tremaine handled the second leg then Oosterhouse used a 2:12 split to bring CU from ninth to seventh. Julia Contreras concluded her relay career with a 2:19 anchor split, making her three for three in finishing All-American relays.
Altogether Cornerstone women scored or advanced in every event they competed in. After two days the Golden Eagles tied for tenth in the team standings with 16 points.