(Grand Rapids, Mich.) As is usually the case, the weather at the annual Grand Rapids Open was chilly with a brisk wind blowing up the backstretch. While not ideal the conditions did not prevent the Cornerstone women from achieving several outstanding performances.
Seniors Amy Boyer and Brandi Harr won their events. Boyer's 15.18 took first in the 100 meters hurdles and Harr's 11' clearance topped the rest of the field in the pole vault by over two feet.
Jill Lousignau made her debut in the steeplechase. Her 300 meter hurdle experience in high school prepared her for everything except the water barrier, which required her to splash in to a pit of very cold water every 400 meters for seven laps. After a tentative two foot landing on her first attempt, Jill attached the water jump effectively the rest of the way. Her fourth place finish time of 11:45.47 gave her the freshman record, breaking the old mark of 11:52.24 set in 2007 by Andi Owens.
Erin Swinger earned fourth in the hammer throw, sending the implement 140' 6". Liz Baller took fourth in the long jump with a mark of 15' 5.5".