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(Gulf Shores, Ala.) Juniors, Julie Oosterhouse and CallyAnne Wyma each took fifth in their events adding eight more points and giving Cornerstone a top-five finish at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Wyma and teammates Erin Laplander, Leah Shepherd and Sydney Tremaine began the day at 6 a.m. with the marathon. Conditions were miserable with the temperature climbing from the upper 60's to the mid 70's and the humidity 100% at the start. Wyma spent the first thirteen miles lurking just outside the top ten trying to conserve energy and stay cool. "We filled zip-lock bags with water and froze them before the race," Wyma said. "Teammates met us at the aid stations and gave them to us. They only lasted about ten minutes, but it really helped to put something cold next to my skin." At nineteen miles, Wyma moved into eighth then picked up three more places passing fading runners in the final miles. She finished fifth in 3:15:27.30, fifteen places better than last year's race. Tremaine took 20th in her marathon debut running 3:28:58.90. Laplander completed her collegiate career in 3:37:40 for 27th, eight places higher than year. Shepherd had to stop after 25 kilometers.
For the 800 meter final, Julie Oosterhouse started in lane one, as the eighth seed. Unlike Friday's semi-final, the pace for the first lap was tactical with the field hearing the bell at 64 seconds. Oosterhouse positioned herself well for the homestretch and reached the finish in fifth. Her time of 2:10.54 broke the school record she tied in the semi-finals making her an 800 meter All-American for the third straight season.
Conference rivals, Indiana Tech earned the team title by a single point scoring 102 to Oklahoma Baptist's 101. University of British Columbia took third with 95, Hastings was fourth at 41.5 and Cornerstone completed the top five with 40 points.