(Holland, Mich.) (9/4) The Cornerstone Women's Cross Country team wasted no time going after their season goal of having a close 1-5 team split. In their first meet they kept the gap under thirty seconds, taking second place at the Hope College Vanderbilt Invitational.
Sophomores Audry Yonge and Julia Contreras along with freshman Jill Louisignau ran the entire race no more than a few steps apart finishing 10-11-12. Yonge paced the group in 20:05 followed by Contreras in 20:09 and Louisignau in 20:16.
Senior Janelle Brown and freshman Mindy Lewis completed the top five finishing together in 13th and 14th with Brown one second in front at 20:33.
Freshman Brianna Hansen and sophomore Katie Allers completed the team scoring after running together almost the entire 5,000 meters. Hansen pulled slightly ahead taking 17th in 21:19 with Allers 18th in 21:28.
Hope swept the first seven spots for a 15 point shutout. Cornerstone was second with 60 points, seven better than Albion. Muskegon Community College and Grace Bible did not finish full teams.
Head Coach, Rod Wortley was pleased with the results, "Our focus has been on keeping a tight pack and the women did a great job of that, especially for the first meet of the season. Even outside the top five, everyone had someone to run with the whole race and that's extremely helpful for the freshmen."
The Golden Eagle's next meet is September 18 at the Knight Open hosted by Calvin College.