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(Goshen, Ind.) The Maple Leaf Invite hosted by Goshen College included one event most meets do not: the 5,000 meter race walk. Cornerstone sent their two race walkers and two throwers and a jumper came along.
CU's All-American race walk duo, Janelle Brown and Katie Malinowski looked to qualify for this season's NAIA National Championships. For 2010, the NAIA increased the distance of the event from 3,000 meters to 5,000 meters and set the automatic qualifying standard at 30:00.0. Malinowski took the pace early, reaching the mile mark in 8:24 with Brown three seconds back. With 1,000 meters remaining, Tina Peters of Goshen and three-time NAIA National champion had the race won. Katie had a fifteen second gap on Janelle, who struggled in the middle third of the race. Brown made a huge push over the last 600 meters to move ahead and take second in 26:57.39, a school record. Malinowski was third in 27:00.62.
Over at the discus circle, Erin Swinger added two feet to her school record in the discus, taking fourth with a mark of 114' 10". Kayleigh Hammond finished one place back at 108' 7".
Kay-De Vaughn took second in the long jump, going 16' 7". When the high jump and triple jump started at the same time, Kay-De put in a provisional mark of 36' 10.25" in the triple jump, taking second, then raced over to the high jump. With no warm up, Vaughn cleared 5' 1" for her third second place finish in 45 minutes.
The entire Cornerstone T&F team returns to action on April 3 at the Grand Rapids Open.