(Saginaw, Mich.) Cornerstone's Women's Track &
Field team opened the season at the Holiday Classic hosted by Saginaw Valley
State University. Normally the meet is a
low-key event used to establish a baseline of performance for when the athletes
return from Christmas break. It seems
CU's women didn't get that message.
Freshman, Erin Swinger set the tone in the field
events starting with the 20-pound weight throw. Competing in the difficult
event for the first time, Swinger's initial attempt landed outside the throwing
sector. Her second attempt traveled 43' 1.5". Her third measured a freshman
record, 45' 7 putting her in third place and adding nearly a foot to Erin
Schuyler's mark of 44' 7.5" set in 2004. From there it was on to a more familiar event,
the shot put. Erin's second attempt went 35' 5.75" for a personal best and
added twelve inches one of the oldest freshman records set by Kendra Lindberg
in 2000 (34' 5").
Brandi Hagan picked up where she left off last year,
exceeding the NAIA automatic qualifying standard by four inches and winning the
pole vault at 11' 7.5.
In the 60 meter hurdles, Hagan and Amy Boyer advance
through the semi finals then took fourth and fifth in the finals. Boyer
prevailed just missing the NAIA auto mark running 9.26 while Hagan was .02 off
the provisional standard clocking 9.42.
Freshman Emma Ordway made her debut in the 400
meters memorable, taking third in a provisional qualifying time of 1:00.01 and
joining the elite club of CU athletes who achieved national qualifying marks in
their first college meet.
Following her best cross country season, Janelle
Lindman entered the 5,000 meters with the idea of seeing how close she could
get to the NAIA provisional qualifying time of 18:47.79. The senior from
Farmington Hills ran an uncharacteristically patient first mile of 5:57. After
passing the second mile in 6:04, Lindman was still on pace. After four laps at
46 seconds, coach Rod Wortley informed Lindman she needed to run 45 seconds for
the final four laps. The next two were still 46, the third, 44.2. Janelle
churned out a 37.8 last 200 meters finishing fifth. The unofficial time was
only useful insofar as it confirmed she either barely made it or just missed
her goal. Ten tense minutes later the official results were posted revealing
the good news: 18:47.52.
Things went nearly as well for the CU distance women
in the 3,000 meters. Andi Ripley paced the trio of Melissa Sawicki, Nicki Erler
and Audry Yonge for lap after lap at 45 seconds until the Golden Eagles pulled
clear of the rest of the field. Unfortunately, a lap counting error in the
final 400 meters resulted in the race become a 3200 meter event. Ripley won in
11:54.36 followed by Sawicki (12:00.05), Erler (12:04.27) and Yonge (12:06.62).
The meet concluded with Cornerstone chasing Central
Michigan through the 4 x 400 meter relay. Kayla Wilson, Ordway, Boyer and Kelly
Peterson took second in another provisional qualifying time of 4:05.73.
Following the holidays, the Golden Eagles return to
action on January 8 at Grand Valley State University.