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(Allendale, Mich.) After a week of two-a-day practices and a full schedule of events did little to slow down freshman Emma Ordway at the Laker Early Bird meet hosted by Grand Valley State University. Compared to most of the competitions on the Cornerstone T&F schedule, the GVSU meet turned out to be relatively small and the Golden Eagles used it as a hard practice.
For Ordway and the rest of the sprint crew, that meant running the 60 meter dash prelims 25 minutes before the 400 meters, followed 25 minutes later by the 60 meter finals. Scarcely thirty minutes after leading CU to a 1-6 sweep in the 400 with 1:00.09 clocking, the freshman from Middleville stepped into the starting blocks for the 200 meters. Just 26.72 seconds after the starting gun sounded, Ordway crossed the finish line taking fourth place and lowering the Cornerstone freshman record by .06. The previous mark was set a decade earlier by Christie Johnson, who also owns the freshman and school records for the indoor 400 meters.
After tying the freshman record in the shot put in her first meet, Erin Swinger took sole possession of it in her second collegiate competition. On her second attempt, Swinger broke the record she co-held with Erin Schuyler of 35' 5.75" with a put of 36' 2". Then on her final attempt the Comstock Park native added another inch. Her 36' 3" personal best placed her second behind GVSU's Sam Lockhart.
In the pole vault, Brandi Hagan took second, topping 11' 5.75" and Amy Boyer cleared the NAIA provisional standard at 10' 11.75" for fifth place. Liz Sanger was sixth at 9' 6.25".
Other field event action had Kayla Wilson (16' 2.5") and Kay-De Vaughn (15' 11") take 1-2 in the long jump. Vaughn also won the triple jump with a mark of 34'.
Andi Ripley lead the distance crew with a win in the mile (5:18.96) then paced teammates Janey Sluka (11:10.33) and Nicki Erler (11:10.99) to personal bests in the 3,000 meters. Ripley took third in 11:01.50.
Just two and one half hours after the first running event, the very tire quartet of Wilson, Ordway, Boyer and Kelly Peterson managed 4:11.75 to take second in the 4 x 400 meter relay.
After another week of two-a-days, the Golden Eagles head to Saginaw Valley State University for the Doug Hanson Open.