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(Marion, Ind.) The 2010 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships began with the best weather Cornerstone's women's team has seen all season. With sunny skies, temperatures around eighty degrees and a nice trailing breeze the Golden Eagles produced excellent results.
The heptathlon kept Amy Boyer busy most of the day. After a personal best 14.87 in the 100 meter hurdles, Boyer cleared 5' 3" in the high jump, added nearly two feet to her shop put best with a 34' 8.5" effort and capped the day with a PR 26.02 in the 200 meters. Her score of 2957 put her in fifth place going in to the second day's events.
Brandi Hagan avoided serious injury in the pole vault when her pole cracked then shattered during an attempt. Hagan landed safely in the pit, but was momentarily shaken in addition to having part of the broken pole bruise her knee. Being the tough competitor she his, Hagan picked up another pole and cleared the height, earning All-America honors for her fifth place finish.
In the 400 meter hurdles, Kayla Wilson advance through the peliminary round taking fourth in her heat in 1:03.85.
Andi Ripley also advanced to the finals in the 1500 meters by finishing fourth in her heat in 3:43.30
Ripley returned to anchor the 4x800 meter relay, joining with Janey Sluka, Kelly Peterson, and Julia Contreras to finish third in their heat. Their time of 9:24.40 was a season best, but did not qualify for Friday's final.