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(Allendale, Mich.) A fast track and an abundance of good competition provided the opportunity for great results and the Big Meet hosted by Grand Valley State University.
Friday evening to CU seniors got the Golden Eagles off to a good start. Competing in the Invited section of the pole vault, Amy Boyer and Brandi Harr took ninth and tenth. Boyer added 1.5" inches to her best, clearing 12' 1.5" with Harr getting over 11' 7.75".
Mindy Lewis made the most of her debut in the 5,000 meters by shattering the freshman record. Mindy's time of 18:59.53 chopped 25 seconds off the mark of 19:25.26 set by Audry Yonge exactly one year ago.
After a near miss two weeks earlier, Jill Louisignau entered the 3,000 meters looking to better the freshman record in that event. A big kick on the final lap brought her across the finish line in tenth place clocking 10:38.51, eclipsing the old mark of 10:39.55 set by Andi Owens in 2007. Yonge took sixteen seconds off her previous best taking nineteenth in 10:46.31. The pair returned to the track later in the day for the mile. Both set new personal bests with Jill seventeenth in 5:22.80 and Audry 26th in 5:28.31.
The Golden Eagle 800 meter runners all ran PR's led by Julia Contreras' 2:22.01. Running in the next heat were Kelly Peterson (2:23.79), Amy Boyer (2:24.96), Liz Baller (2:30.31) and Katie Allers (2:30.82).
Lauren Pierce moved up another four spots on the CU all-time list in the 400 meters, improving to 1:00.08.
Pierce, Boyer, Peterson and Chelsea Bisher finished the meet with a season best 4:05.86 in the 4 x 400 meter relay, placing twelfth out of 21 teams.