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(Angola, Ind.) The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships showcased some of the top performers in the NAIA as the six teams competed for the final time before the National meet March 3-5.
Cornerstone's Amy Boyer, already qualified for nationals in the pentathlon and pole vault, added qualified in a third event and scored in six, earning WHAC Performer of the Meet for her 33 individual points.
The senior from Phoenix, AZ was busy all night. In the process of winning the pole vault, Amy took 8.96 seconds to advance to the finals in the 60 meter hurdles, a school record. Boyer finished the vault at 11' 9" for the win, with fellow senior Brandi Harr tied for second with Siena Heights Lenzey Stidham at 11' 3". From there Amy proceeded to win the high jump, tying her personal best at 5' 5". Next came the 60 meter hurdle finals where three of the top 10 hurdlers in the NAIA stepped into the blocks. Indiana Tech's Tiffany Aikin and Frederica Rogers went 1-2 in 8.77 and 8.83 with Boyer a close third in another school record time of 8.87. Harr was seventh in 9.49.
Coming out of the slow heat of the 600 meters, Boyer blasted a 1:41.79 which was good enough to take third overall after the faster concluded. Then it was over to the long jump where Boyer, Lauren Pierce and Liz Baller placed 6-7-8 with Amy taking 1 point for her jump of 16' 8". Pierce (16' 7.25") and Baller (16' 4") had personal bests. Harr, Pierce and Baller concluded the jumping events taking 4-5-7 in the triple jump. Brandi's 34' 6" and Lauren's 33' 8.5" efforts were also PR's.
In the 800 meters Kelly Peterson ended her Indoor WHAC career taking a close second to Davenport's Kelsee Vanderbaan 2:24.78 to 2:24.86. Julia Contreras was fifth in 2:28.70, with Baller sixth in a PR 2:29.90.
Jill Louisignau and Audry Yonge earned 20 points for their efforts in the mile, 1,000 meters and 3,000 meters. Louisignau led a 3-5 finish in the mile, clocking 5:26.81 to Yonge's 5:28.70. In the 1,000 meters, Yonge's PR 3:13.82 took fourth with Jill on place back in 3:15.48. They reversed position for the 3,000 meters with Jill's 11:03.45 fourth with Audry right behind in fifth at 11:03.98.
Boyer put in a final showing joining Pierce, Chelsea Bisher and Peterson for the 4 x 400 meter relay. Cornerstone took foruth in 4:08.20.
Indiana Tech dominated the meet winning with 221 points. Siena Heights took second with 99, Cornerstone third at 88, Aquinas fourth with 86 and Davenport fifth at 60.