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GRAND RAPIDS (9/17) The Cornerstone Women's Cross Country team took advantage of a perfect day for racing at the Calvin Knight Invite, producing the third fastest team time in program history.
Jill Louisignau led the Golden Eagles through the opening mile in 5:45, the next six followed between 5:57 and 6:07. The sophomore from Benzonia battled for a spot in the top twenty, and finished in 18th in 18:36, a personal best by 31 seconds.
Freshman, Julie Oosterhouse followed in 19:14 (32nd). Audry Yonge's 19:28 (41st) was just four seconds off her best while fellow junior, Julia Contreras lowered her PR by 20 seconds to 19:45 (50th). Freshman CallyAnne Wyma completed the team scoring clocking 19:53 (55th).
Sophomore, Mindy Lewis (20:04 / 69th) led five more CU runners, packed into the next 30 seconds. The Vicksburg native was followed by Janelle Brown (20:07 / 61st), Molly Longstreet (20:24 / 99th), Leah Shepherd (20:28 / 104th) and Sydney Tremaine (20:33 / 112th).
"This is exactly the kind of race we were looking for today," said coach Rod Wortley. "We needed to be aggressive in the first mile and finish well and that's what we got."
The team's combined time for the first five runners was just 19 seconds of the school record of 96:39, set on the Calvin course in 2009. This was also the deepest finish in program history with ten women running 20:33 or better.
Calvin won the meet with 27 points. Cornerstone was the top NAIA school taking seventh out of sixteen teams.