(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
In the pole vault, Brandi Harr matched the NAIA automatic
mark of 11' 9.75 inches, landing in a four-way tie for fourth. Amy Boyer hit
the NAIA provisional height, clearing 11' 5.75 for eighth.
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.