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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) A week of beautiful weather took a four hour break, as rain and wind replaced sunny skies during the Grand Rapids Open.
The pole vault competition was washed out entirely while other field events proceeded in less than ideal conditions. In the high jump, Kay-De Vaughn managed 4' 11" which put her in a four-way tie for second, then won the triple jump with a mark of 36' 11.25" Kayla Wilson won the long jump in 16' 3.25".
On the track, a strong headwind on the backstretch made every race over 200 meters more difficult and gave a push to the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Becky Boblett made the most of both races taking fourth in the 100 meters in 13.46 and third in the 200 meters in 27.58. Kelly Peterson was sixth in the 400 meters and Wilson took second in the 400 hurdles.
With two events remaining, the skies cleared and the sun returned. The 5000 meter runners took full advantage as four women ran under 18 minutes. Andi Ripley rode along with the lead pack for seven laps and finished tenth in a personal best and NAIA provisional qualifying time of 18:20.27. Audry Yonge ran the second fastest time ever by a CU freshman finishing 19th in 19:39.45.
The meet ended on a positive note with Wilson, Peterson, Julia Contreras and Katie Allers combining to win the 4 x 400 meter relay in 4:16.21.