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(Conway, S.C.) One week after taking tenth at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, the Cornerstone Women's Track & Field team opened the outdoor season at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
Friday evening the Golden Eagles got things started by winning the 4 x 800 meter relay. Janey Sluka, Kelly Peterson, Julia Contreras and Andi Ripley combined for a time of 9:26.02, nearly ten seconds off the NAIA National qualifying standard. Nicki Erler ended the day in the 10,000 meters. In warm and breezy conditions the senior from Big Rapids ran within ten seconds of her personal best, placing thirteenth in 41:13.87.
Saturday began with Brandi Hagan tying her school record of 11' 11.75" to take second in the pole vault. Erin Swinger had a great day in the throwing events. Starting with the shot put, Swinger broke the freshman with a toss of 38' 9" to take eleventh. The old mark of 34' 7.5" was set in 2004 by Erin Schuyler. In the discus, Erin took down both the freshman and school records, sending the disc 112' 10" on her final attempt. The old records were set by Kara Smelter in 2004 (104' 9.5") and 2006 (112' 9").
Back on the track, Kayla Wilson took fourth in the 400 meter hurdles and bettering the NAIA automatic standard with her time of 1:04.16. Kelly Peterson placed eighth in the 800 meters in 2:20.28, debuting at fifth on the CU all-time list. Janey Sluka's 5:00.91 in the 1500 meters finished 15th and Melissa Sawicki's time of 12:36.44 was just two seconds off her best in the 3000 meter steeplechase.