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(Johnson City, Tenn.) On the final day of competition at the 2010 NAIA Indoor National Championships, the Cornerstone women gained two more All-Americans on their way to the highest team finish in program history.
In the triple jump senior, Kay-De Vaughn led the first of three flights going 38' 6.75" on her first and second attempts then a season best 39' on her third attempt. After the second and third flights, Vaughn was fourth among the eight finalists.
In the fourth round, France Makabu of Milligan moved into third going 39' 5". Vaughn fouled her fourth jump, and dropped to fifth. In the fifth round, Nadia Moore of McKendree produced a 39' 4" mark pushing Kay-De into sixth. Vaughn responded with her third jump of 38' 6.75".
None of the women behind Vaughn improved on their final jumps. Kay-De made her last trip down the runway, got a fair plant on the foul board, hopped, stepped and jumped into the sand. The effort measured 39' 8.75". The school record performance propelled her back into third place and matching her finish from 2009 and making her an All-American for the third straight season.
Cornerstone's final competitor for the day was Andi Ripley in the 1,000 meters. Unlike the semi-final which started slowly, the pace was fast from the start. Ripley was positioned well at the 400 meter mark in 68 seconds them moved toward the front of the pack to cover a move by Jessica Smith of Simon Fraser. Smith kept pressing, on her way to a meet record time of 2:45.85 for the win. Ripley found herself in third with 100 meters remaining trying to hold off Poppy Lawman of Azusa Pacific. Lawman had just enough to get past to take third, while Ripley set a school record 2:55.00 for fourth. Andi matched her placed from the 2009 championship earning her second All-America plaque.
Oklahoma Baptist won the meet in the final event scoring 68 points to Wayland Baptist's 67. Simon Fraser was third with 66. Cornerstone's three day point total of 19.33 was the highest ever at an Indoor Championships and good for tenth place out of 40 scoring teams.