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(Azusa, Calf.) On the second day of Heptathlon, Cornerstone senior, Amy Boyer improved her place by one spot at the Mt. Sac Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific University. The field of 37 competitors featured women from universities as far away as Hawaii and as near as Wisconsin representing NCAA division I and II teams along with NAIA athletes from Azusa Pacific and Biola.
"Facing this level of competition will help prepare Amy for the NAIA Nation Championships in May," said Cornerstone multi-event coach, Paul Koutz.
After totaling 2,897 points from the first four events, Boyer and the rest of the 37 entrants faced the long jump followed by the javelin and the 800 meters. To have a successful second day of the heptathlon requires the ability to recover from the first day's effort along with the stamina to push through the remaining events while enduring the conditions. Thursday's forecast promised sun and temperatures near 80 degrees.
In the long jump, Boyer's farthest of three attempts measured 17'1.75" just six inches off her best and worth 614 points. By early afternoon it was on to the javelin, not one of Amy's strongest events. She managed a throw of 98' 4" for an additional 476 points.
For the final event, the athletes faced two laps around the track. Along with being an 800 meters race, this is also a test of will and determination at the end of two long days. Boyer covered the first 400 meters positioned in the middle of the pack. After getting her lap split of 71 seconds from Coach Koutz, she moved out to lane two and began. Straining down the homestretch, Boyer reached the finish line in an outdoor best time of 2:25.18 for 755 more points.
Jonesha Vinson of Portland State led the competition both days, winning with 5,227 ahead of Wisconsin's Deanna Lathen. Five women eclipsed the 5,000 point mark. Boyer's score of 4,742 placed 13th putting her fifth on the NAIA list.