(Allendale, Mich.) Amy Boyer charged through the five events of the Pentathlon at the Grand Valley State University Bob Eubanks open, winning by over 250 points.
The senior from Phoenix, AZ took first or second in every event on her way to totaling 3420 points. Boyer was first in the 60 meter hurdles, improving to 9.18 her NAIA automatic qualifying mark. In the high jump she cleared 5' 2.5" for second behind the 5' 3.75 clearance of Eastern Michigan's Kate Wolanin. In the shot put, Amy's 31' 6.75 effort was second only to Grace Leutheuser of Hillsdale who sent the 8.8 pound ball 32' 9.5". A personal best of 17' in the long jump was just 1.5" behind Hillsdale's Nichole Yancho. Boyer ended the competition with a four second victory in the 800 meters, clocking 2:28.76. When the points were added up, Amy's total of 3420 easily outdistanced Wolanin's 3163 and was only 37 points off her personal best from 2010. "I'm extremely impressed," said Cornerstone mulit's coach Paul Koutz. "Without much competition, today's results show how fit Amy is so early in the season."
Other Golden Eagles displaying good early season fitness included Lauren Pierce who set best marks in the 400 meters (1:02.07) and the long jump (16' 5.25"). Chelsea Bisher clocked 1:03.54 for a new best in the 400 meters.
A trio of milers made an impact on the CU all-time list. Freshman, Jill Louisignau's debut of 5:25.58 put her at number five in program history. Audry Younge's 5:31.76 moved her to eighth while freshman, Mindy Lewis ran 5:32.41to put herself tenth.
Freshmen Liz Baller (2:30.98), Erin Laplander (2:40.28) and Anna Duckworth (2:40.85) all ran PR's in the 800 meters.
Boyer ended her day with a 61.5 split to anchor the 4 x 400 meter relay to 11th place. Pierce, Bisher and Brandi Harr contributed to the season best time of 4:11.87.