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(Findlay, Ohio) The Golden Eagles travel to Findlay, Ohio each year at the end of January looking to test their mid season fitness. The results revealed that Cornerstone's Women's Track & Field team are very fit as they set fourteen personal bests to go with ten national qualifying performances, three school records and one freshman record over the two days of competition.
Senior Kayla Wilson got things started in the pentathlon with a personal best and NAIA provisional 9.35 clocking. She also cleared 5' 1.75" in the high jump, went 16' 3.25" in the long jump, sent the shot put 33' 1.25" then ran a personal best 2:22.35 in the 800 meters. Her final score of 3414 won the competition, added 130 points to her previous best and broke the school record of 3394 set by Cathi Powell in 2006. Wilson performance moves her to the top spot in the Pentathlon on the NAIA list.bvf
Brandi Hagan tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 12' 1.5" inches with Amy Boyer seventh at 11' 1.75".
Friday evening showcased the distance runners. In the 5,000 meters, Janelle Lindman took fourth in 19:05.23 followed by PR's by Nicki Erler in sixth (19:10.49), and Janey Sluka in tenth (19:45.58).
Next up in the Distance Medley Relay, Melissa Sawicki, Emma Ordway, Julia Contreras and Andi Ripley combined for the third fastest time in school history taking third. Their time of 12:33.77 was more than ten seconds under the NAIA national qualifying standard.
The evening concluded with the 3,000 meter race walk. Janelle Brown led a 1-2 CU finish reclaiming her school record with in 38 second personal best time of 15:20.50. Katie Malinowski also bettered her school record set in January by nearly ten seconds with a time of 15:46.90.
Saturday morning, Erin Swinger extended her school record in the shot put to 37' 10" placing twelfth.
Kelly Peterson took fourth in the 600 meters breaking the school record of 1:38.57 set by Shannon Bambach in 2005 with a time of 1:37.90. Her time was also an automatic qualifying mark.
Andi Ripley demolished a strong field in the 1,000 meters winning in 3:00.19 and earning a return trip to the NAIA Indoor National meet where she was All-American in the event last season.
Melissa Sawicki set a PR in the mile taking ninth in 5:24.95.
Doubling off the 5k from the previous night, the distance women ran equally well in the 3,000 meters. Lindman waited on the back of the second pack then exploded on the final lap, taking third in a PR 10:50.02. Erler (PR 11.08.50 / 7th) and Sluka (11:13 / 9th) raced well and freshman, Audry Yonge was twelfth in a new best time of 11:20.54.
Wilson, Ordway, Boyer and Peterson ended the day taking sixth in the 4 x 400 relay in 4:09.32.