ALLENDALE (1/13) Two weeks of two-a-day practices didn't seem to tire out the Cornerstone Women's Track & Field team.The extra workouts seemed to have the opposite effect at the Bob Eubanks open hosted by Grand Valley State University. The team totaled nine personal best performances including two NAIA Automatic qualifying marks, three freshman records and a school record.
Freshman Lindsay Lipa got things started with a freshman record and NAIA national qualifying mark on her first attempt in the long jump. Her leap of 17' 9.5" added 5.25" to the record set in December by teammate Brittany Green. In the third round, Green responded with a 17' 11" effort to reclaim the freshman standard, and earning a trip the NAIA Indoor National Championships in March. The pair finished fourth and sixth.
Haley Russell broke her own freshman and school records in the shot put placing 11th with a mark of 39' 11.25" adding four inches to her best set in December. She also improved her personal best in the 20 pound weight throw with a toss of 44' 11.5".
Julie Oosterhouse added another freshman record with her second place finish in the 800 meters. The Byron Center native broke the old freshman record of 2:21.83 set in 2005 by Amy VanderSloot with her 2:21.61 clocking.
In the mile, juniors Audry Yonge and Julia Contreras ran shoulder to shoulder for the first three quarters of the race, leading their heat. Contreras pulled ahead in the final 400 meters to win the heat. Her debut of 5:20.25 put her number four on the CU all-time list. Yonge was two places back in a PR 5:23.17.
The 4 x 400 meter relay of Oosterhouse, Lipa, Larissa Hampton and Lauren Pierce ran an excellent early January time of 4:05.43 placing ninth.