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(Marion, Ind.) Cornerstone junior, Brandi Hagan waited all day to jump at the Indiana Wesleyan University January Classic Indoor Track & Field meet. Her patience paid off and capped a successful day in which the Golden Eagles won six events, earned five new NAIA national qualifying performances and improved on three existing national qualifiers.
Early in the meet CU's 60 meter hurdle crew of Kayla Wilson, Amy Boyer and Hagan easily advanced through the prelims with Wilson putting up the fastest time of the day, a 9.36 NAIA provisional qualifying mark. In the finals, Wilson (9.40) led Hagan (9.53) and Boyer (9.57) to a 1-3 sweep.
Sandwiched between the hurdle prelims and finals, Wilson won the long jump, going 17' 10.25" earning an NAIA provisional qualifier in that event. Kay-De Vaughn won the triple jump, adding her name to the national list with a provisional 36' 5" performance.
On the track, Kelly Peterson's debut in the 600 meters not only won, but her time of 1:38.89 was just over the NAIA automatic standard and just short of the school record of 1:38.57. Andi Ripley lowered her personal best and improved her position on the national list winning the mile in 5:11.75.
In relay action, the women's 4 x 400 team of Wilson, Emma Ordway, Boyer and Peterson took third behind Siena Heights and Hillsdale, improving their NAIA provisional status to 4:04.00. The 4 x 800 also put up a provisional time with Melissa Sawicki, Julia Contreras, Janey Sluka and Ripley running 9:52.20 taking second to Hillsdale.
After the running events concluded, three of the fifteen women entered in the pole vault were still jumping. Hagan along with Chelsea Wackernagel and Kayla Caldwell of Hillsdale cleared 11' 10.5" and the bar was raised to a CU school record height 12' 4". Caldwell made her first try, Wackernagel missed her three attempts and Hagen cleared on her second try, breaking her record of 12' 3.5" set in 2009. Caldwell went on to clear 12' 6" for the win with Hagan placing second.