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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Led by senior Julie Oosterhouse's fifth place finish, the Cornerstone Golden Eagles placed fifth out of 25 teams at Calvin College Knight Invitational.
A cool 48 degree morning followed a night of steady rain and the usually fast course ran slower than usual as the 292 runners churned the corners into mud over the repeating loops in the first two miles.
Oosterhouse positioned herself at the back of the lead pack then used a 5:48 final mile to move into fifth, clocking 18:24. Sophomore Cathy Coryell raced well finishing 27th in 19:13.
CU's third through sixth finishers were just nine seconds apart with senior, CallyAnne Wyma heading the pack (49th / 19:41) with Audrey Tremaine (53rd / 19:46), Ally Rabe (54th / 19:45 and Joy Reist (61st / 19:50) right behind.
Calvin took the team title with 27 points followed by St. Francis of Illinois with 109, Aquinas at 124, Case Western 135 and Cornerstone 170.
(Holland, Mich.) Senior, Julie Oosterhouse opened her senior cross country season by winning the Vanderbilt Invitational, hosted by Hope College. The Golden Eagles took second to their hosts in the four-team field.
Oosterhouse and sophomore, Cathy Coryell raced together taking the lead in the second mile. On the 800 meter climb to the finish, Julie stretched a ten second gap into 37 over Emily Wrozek of Hope. Coryell finished fifth in 19:41.
A pack of five CU women ran conservatively through the opening mile then worked their way through the field. Still together at the three mile mark, the sprint to the finish sorted out the places. Freshman Ally Rabe took 17th in 20:42 followed by Audrey Tremaine in (18th / 20:44), CallyAnne Wyma (19th / 20:47), Kayla Ovokaitys (20th / 20:47) and Sydney Tremaine (22nd / 20:56).
In a virtual repeat of the 2013 race, Hope took the team title with 22 points followed by Cornerstone with 51, Adiran at 73 and Muskegon Community College's 102.
(Lawrence, Kan.) The Cornerstone Women's Cross Country team made their second appearance at the NAIA National Championship finishing 20th in the 32-team field. The hilly, 5 kilometer course at Rim Rock Farm was made even more challenging by the 19 degree wind chill.
Julie Oosterhouse led the team as she has all season, placing 57th in 18:53. Trinity Hulst ran a near personal best 19:15 finishing 109th. CU's 3-5 pack finished just eight seconds apart with Audrey Tremaine and Leah Shepherd 191st and 192nd in 19:59 and 20:00. Sydney Tremaine was 202nd in 20:07.
The University of British Columbia won convincingly with 56 points. As they have been all season, WHAC rivals Indiana Tech and Cornerstone were nearly inseparable. The Warriors finished 19th with 488 and The Golden Eagles were 20th with 508 with CU's team time four seconds faster than Tech's. Hillary Holt of the College of Idaho took the individual title, running 16:48.
(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Two weeks after finishing three places behind Indiana Tech at the Great Lakes Challenge, the Cornerstone Women's Cross Country team successfully defended their 2012 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference title.
The Golden Eagles, ranked 21st in the last NAIA poll, put two in the top three and got all five scoring runners in the top thirteen to upset the thirteenth-ranked Warriors 38 to 55. Aquinas was third with 64 points.
It's been a toss-up between Cornerstone, Tech and Aquinas since the second week of September as the three teams met four times during the season with never more than a few points and a few seconds of team time separating them. "Tech broke away at Great Lakes and going into the WHAC meet, they looked to have the best shot at winning," said Coach Rod Wortley. "We needed to find a way to break up their tight 1-3 group and get our fifth inside their number four. Finishing close to them in 20-30 team meets is a lot different than beating them at the conference meet with just three good teams."
(Grand Rapids, Mich.) With eight of the top 25 team in the NAIA looking to solidify their rankings in the last big meet of the season, the Great Lakes Invitational, hosted by Aquinas College provided the perfect opportunity. Five teams beat teams ranked ahead of them, including twenty-first ranked Cornerstone topping nineteenth ranked Aquinas.
The biggest upset saw tenth ranked Taylor University winning the meet over fifth ranked St. Francis of Illinois and sixth ranked Olivet Nazarene. The Trojans' 80 points were six better than ONU with St. Francis a distant third in the 33-team meet.
Equally impressive, was twenty-third ranked Indiana Tech's fourth place finish beating eleventh ranked Texas Wesleyan and sixteenth ranked Shawnee State.
At the end of the four-through-seven group, came Cornerstone. Julie Oosterhouse's seventh place finish in 18:18 paced the Golden Eagles. Jill Louisignau followed with a season best 18:42 in 23rd while Audrey Tremaine took 43rd in 19:03. Trinity Hulst added PR 19:13 in 57th and Cathy Coryell completed the scoring taking 72nd in 19:23.
"Our top five ran well and it was good to get ahead of Aquinas," said coach Rod Wortley. "It's still looks to be a three-way battle for the conference championship, though."
There were other notable accomplishments, including finishing nine Golden Eagles under 20 minutes for the first time in the same race. After the top five, were Kaylee Carew (19:37), Sydney Treamaine (19:44), Leah Shepherd (19:48) and Brooke Owens (19:57). Four others ran personal bests, including Kayla Ovokaitys (20:15), Erin Laplander (20:35), Brianna Griffiths (21:09) and Bailey Brogan (21:33).
November 9, the team returns to Riverside Park to defend their 2012 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference title.