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(Marion, Ind.) The IWU Classic Invitational gave the Cornerstone Women's Track & Field team the chance to measure their early season fitness before heading into the heart of the indoor schedule. The results confirmed that the Golden Eagles are strong in nearly every event group.
Most notable was the 4 x 800 meter relay. "We thought we could hit the NAIA automatic standard or come close," said coach Rod Wortley. The race was the last event of the meet and all four women ran very well in earlier the day. Julia Contreras (3:05.96) and Audry Yonge (3:08.41) finished 1-2 in the 1,000 meters, putting themselves third and fourth on the CU all-time list and Julie Oosterhouse (5:21.05) and Jill Louisignau (5:26.08) were third and sixth in the mile. Unchallenged the entire way, Cornerstone bettered the NAIA automatic qualifying time of 9:47.00, winning in 9:43.87.
In the long jump, freshmen, Lindsay Lipa and Brittany Green continued their freshman record duel. Lipa regained the mark she held for twenty minutes last Friday improving her best to 18' .5" adding 1.5" to Green's record. Brittany made it close, jumping 17' 10.25. Both women bettered the NAIA auto mark for the second week in a row and placed 1-2. Senior Lauren Pierce was fifth at 16' 5.25". Lipa also had a good day in the high jump, taking second with her 5' 1" clearance. Green added a personal best of 9.56, taking third in the 60 meter hurdles.
Larissa Hampton lowered her season best in the 400 meters to 60.45, placing third.
Haley Russell has made breaking the school record in the shot put a weekly event. This week she extended the mark another 9" to 40' 8.25" placing second. Russell also claimed the freshman record in the 20 pound weight throw. Her toss of 47' 2.25" bettered the old mark of 45' 7" set in 2009 by Erin Swinger and was also good for second place.