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(Various meets in Mich.) The Cornerstone Women's Track & Field team covered the west, east and north sides of Michigan's Lower Peninsula in pursuit of the right conditions and competition. They achieved their objectives, with four national qualifying marks and a school record.
Friday evening the weather at both the Aquinas College Ernie Mousseau Classic and the Eastern Michigan University Twilight meet was more of the same cold and rain typical of the 2011 season.
In spite of the conditions, Erin Swinger launched a season best 139' 9" in the hammer throw at the Ernie Mousseau meet. That mark was good for seventh place.
Over in Ypsilanti, Amy Boyer and Lauren Pierce ran personal bests in the 400 meter hurdles with Boyer clocking 1:05.71 for 15th and Pierce 1:07.75 for 22nd. Jill Louisignau came within one second of the freshman record in the 1500 meters, lowering her PR to 4:57.94
Saturday morning in Mount Pleasant, conditions were nearly ideal as Mindy Lewis dipped under NAIA national qualifying time for the marathon, running 1:32:02 at the Chip River Half Marathon.
Back in Grand Rapids, Erin Swinger launched a school record 126' 4" in the discus, taking sixth. She also placed fifth in the shot put with a season best 36' 2.25".
Under sunny skies at EMU, Boyer improved her 100 meter hurdle best to 14.84 taking seventh and dipping under the NAIA automatic standard of 14.90. Pierce clocked a 26.92 PR in the 200 meters.
In the 3,000 meters, Louisignau and Audry Yonge finished sixth and ninth. Jill's 10:54.93 puts her sixth on the CU All-time list while Yonge's 11:04.17 PR gave her the ninth best Golden Eagle time.
Cornerstone finished the weekend with a season best in the 4 x 400 meter relay. Pierce, Chelsea Bisher, Boyer and Julia Contreras combined for a 4:05.00 taking tenth.