The 2013-14 CU Women's Track and Field team comes off a season that included eight Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference event titles and ten NAIA All-Americans. The Golden Eagles remain one of the top teams in the WHAC and the NAIA. With some of the best runners, jumpers and throwers in program history, the season again looks bright for Cornerstone.
Junior All-American 400m runner, Larissa Hampton (Fort Wayne, IN) leads this event group that stronger and deeper than last season. Hampton earned her All-American plaque as part of the school record setting Distance Medley Relay at the 2013 NAIA Indoor championships and was also a part of the 2012 Indoor school record in the 4x400m. Hampton has career bests of 25.56 in the 200m and 57.89 in the 400m. Fellow junior Lindsay Lipa (Canton, MI) has great range, with a personal best of 12.78 in the 100m and a fourth place finish in the 600m at the 2013 WHAC Indoor championships. Anita Souza (Varginha, Brazil) is the CU Indoor school record holder in the 60m (7.89) and 200m (25.01) and along with Lipa and Hampton should factor into the 4x400m relay team this year. Sophomore Kaitlyn Bronkema (McBain, MI) contributed to the 4x400m relay that competed at indoor nationals and also secured a fifth place finish in the 400m at the Outdoor WHAC championships. Short sprinter, Katie Walker (Cadillac, MI) enters her sophomore campaign in the top five on the CU all-time lists in the 60m (8.07) and 100m (12.49) while anchoring the 4x100m. Freshman Rachel Skinner (Naperville Central HS/ Bolingbrook, IL) arrives at CU with All-State performances in the 4x100 and 4x200 at the Illinois class 3A meet.
CU's most dominant event group at the conference level, the Golden Eagles took four of the six scoring spots in the 1000m, mile, 1500m, 5000m and steeplechase at the 2013 Indoor and Outdoor WHAC meets, including event titles in the 600m, 800, 1000m, mile, steeplechase and the 4x800m relay. Leading that group is junior, Julie Oosterhouse (Byron Center, MI), one of the top middle distance runners in the NAIA. A five-time All-American, Oosterhouse lowered the school record in the 800m to 2:11.54 in 2013. Last season the Golden Eagles earned All-America honors in the Distance Medley Relay Indoors and the 4 x 800m at Outdoor Nationals. Trunity Hulst (Hudsonville, MI), Jill Louisignau (Beulah, MI), Audrey Tremaine (Jackson, MI) return and are joined by two-time Michigan division 2 All-State 4 x 800m runner, Cathy Coryell (Hamilton HS / Hamilton, MI). Louisignau enters her senior season as a two-time nationals finalist and school record holder in the steeplechase (11:01.98). Cornerstone's tradition of success in the race walk continues with two returning All-Americans, Monica Lawrence (Schoolcraft, MI) and Brianna Griffiths (Roselle, IL). Lawrence also competed at the USA Track & Field Championships in the 20k race walk last June. Sophomore Kayla Ovokaitys (Cedar Springs, MI) also has USATF nationals experience, having qualified for the 2013 US Junior Championships in the 10k. Marathon runners Erin Laplander (Perrinten, MI), Leah Shepherd (Kentwood, MI) and CallyAnne Wyma (St. Louis, MI) look to return for another 26.2 mile race at Outdoor Nationals in May.
Anita Souza headlines this group as the 60 meter hurdles school record holder indoors (8.61) and two-time All-American the event including a national runner-up finish in 2012. In her first season of outdoor eligibility, Souza, added a 100 meter hurdle All-American plaque in 2013 and clocked 14.16 which ranks her second on the CU all-time list. Brittany Green (Monclova, OH) bettered the NAIA provisional qualifying standard in 2013 and ranks her sixth on the CU indoor list.
Brittany Green and Lindsay Lipa enter their junior seasons having competed at NAIA national championships in the long and triple jumps. Green, the Indoor school record holder (19'0 ½") and 2012 All-American, qualified for the indoor national championships in 2013, finishing ninth. Lipa, qualified indoors in the long jump and triple jump improving her best triple jump indoors to 36'7". CU brought a quartet of qualified freshman for 2014. Tess Odegard (Milan HS/ Ypsilanti, MI) comes in as a two time Michigan division two all-state high jumper clearing 5'6" last season and should be a contributing factor to the WHAC scoring this season. Three freshman pole vaulters come in with state meet experience in Gabby Reams (Forest Hills Eastern HS/ Ada, MI), Cathy Kim (East Kentwood HS/ Kentwood, MI) and Mariah Holmes (Pine River HS/ Tustin, MI). Reams (Michigan division 2) and Holmes (Michigan division 3) each earned All-State honors in 2013, while Kim qualified for the Michigan division 1 meet. Kim also competed in the triple jump while at East Kentwood during the indoor season.
Two school record holders return as juniors. Haley Russell (LeRoy, MI) added almost 15' to the discus record throwing 141' 1" and earning her first trip to the NAIA Outdoor Championships. Russell is also second on the CU all-time list in the 20 pound weight throw (49' 10"). Brittany Green eclipsed Russell's shot put school record during the 2013 indoor season by three-quarters of an inch (41' 2.5") and picked up the outdoor school record as well (41' 2.25").
Multi-event athletes have represented CU at every NAIA Indoor and Outdoor national championship since the 2005 outdoor season. Since 2010, the CU women have combined for ten NAIA All-American plaques in the pentathlon and heptathlon. Brittany Green come off a season where she achieved a personal record in the indoor pentathlon (3,440 points) earning her third place at the NAIA indoor meet and grabbing her second heptathlon All-American plaque outdoors. Anita Souza earned her first multi-event All-American plaque with a 4,547 point performance at the outdoor championships placing fifth.