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(Gulf Shores, Ala.) Juniors, Julie Oosterhouse and CallyAnne Wyma each took fifth in their events adding eight more points and giving Cornerstone a top-five finish at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Wyma and teammates Erin Laplander, Leah Shepherd and Sydney Tremaine began the day at 6 a.m. with the marathon. Conditions were miserable with the temperature climbing from the upper 60's to the mid 70's and the humidity 100% at the start. Wyma spent the first thirteen miles lurking just outside the top ten trying to conserve energy and stay cool. "We filled zip-lock bags with water and froze them before the race," Wyma said. "Teammates met us at the aid stations and gave them to us. They only lasted about ten minutes, but it really helped to put something cold next to my skin." At nineteen miles, Wyma moved into eighth then picked up three more places passing fading runners in the final miles. She finished fifth in 3:15:27.30, fifteen places better than last year's race. Tremaine took 20th in her marathon debut running 3:28:58.90. Laplander completed her collegiate career in 3:37:40 for 27th, eight places higher than year. Shepherd had to stop after 25 kilometers.
For the 800 meter final, Julie Oosterhouse started in lane one, as the eighth seed. Unlike Friday's semi-final, the pace for the first lap was tactical with the field hearing the bell at 64 seconds. Oosterhouse positioned herself well for the homestretch and reached the finish in fifth. Her time of 2:10.54 broke the school record she tied in the semi-finals making her an 800 meter All-American for the third straight season.
Conference rivals, Indiana Tech earned the team title by a single point scoring 102 to Oklahoma Baptist's 101. University of British Columbia took third with 95, Hastings was fourth at 41.5 and Cornerstone completed the top five with 40 points.
(Gulf Shores, Ala.) The day started with a dramatic win for Brittany Green to claim 10 points for the Golden Eagles (separate story posted earlier).
In the first heat of the 800 meters open race, Julie Oosterhouse tied her school record taking third in 2:11.54. Needing to finish first or second or be one of the two next fastest times out of the three heats, Oosterhouse advanced to Saturday's final based on time.
By late afternoon the temperature rose to the mid 80's as the heat shimmered off the track when the 5,000 meter race walk got underway. Missouri Baptist's four entries and Cornerstone's five made up most of the field. Senior Monica Lawrence followed Missouri Baptist's Mereth Zalba and Molly Josephs to the front while Brianna Griffiths, Kayla Ovokaitys, Melissa Manlan and Bailey Brogan filled the following pack. On the fifth lap, Manlan stepped off the track and crumbled to the infield due to the heat. Two other women also failed to finish due to the conditions. The CU women worked well together as the field strung out. With four laps to go Zalba and Josephs pulled away and CU held the next four spots. Lawrence began to fade and was overtaken by Griffiths, Brogan passed Ovokaitys who regrouped and caught up to Lawrence. With the rest of the field fading, coach Nate Van Holten let the women know that places were unimportant and avoiding form violations mattered most.
Griffiths improved her best finish at nationals to third in 27:23.79. Lawrence concluded her collegiate career surging past Ovokaitys to take fourth in 27:52.12 to Kayla's 27:52.96. Brogan who was seeded fifteenth after just squeaking under the qualifying standard on last-chance weekend, finished sixth in 28:08.40. All four women earned All-America honors. Their eighteen points put the Golden Eagles in second place with 32 points heading into Saturday.
The Golden Eagles (32 points) are just one point behind British Columbia (33 points) after the 2nd Day of the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
(Gulf Shores, Ala.) - Junior Brittany Green started off the Heptathlon very well yesterday recording PR's in three of her four events. She finished 2nd in the 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 14.86 to pick up 860 points. She finished 2nd again in the High Jump clearing 1.71 Meter to pick up an additional 867 points. She won the Shot Put with a throw of 12.87 meters to add 719 points to her total. She finished off the day with the 200 Meter Dash where she ran a 25:48 to pick up 843 points to finish the day in 1st place with a total of 3289 points.
Entering the second day of the heptathlon with the lead, Green had the best mark in the long jump, going 18-7.75 on her third attempt. Erin DeVries of Doane and Karen Hutson of Northwestern, IA were over eight inches back giving Green some cushion going into her weakest event, the javelin.
DeVries sent the 600 gram spear 130-5 on her first throw, over eleven feet beyond Hutson's new best of 127-11. Green fouled her first attempt then managed 104-7 on her third throw as DeVries cut 203 points off Green's lead and Hutson got 136 points closer.
All three entered the 800 meters with a shot at the national title. For Green to win she needed to finish within eleven seconds of DeVries or no more than eight seconds behind Hutson. The Northwestern junior shot straight to the front while Green tried to manage the gap behind her. DeVries ran in the pack between the two. At 400 meters Hutson led Green by just nearly four seconds. With 200 meters to go the lead was five seconds and widening. Coming off the last turn, Brittany moved out into lane three and charged for the finish. Hutson finished first in 2:22.41, DeVries fifth in 2:27.81 and Green earned another PR in seventh, running 2:28.39.
As the other thirteen women moved onto the infield, Hutson and Green remained sprawled on the track completely spent. Neither one noticed as the final point totals flashed onto the scoreboard: Green 5367, Hutson 5363. An eruption of cheering from the CU coaches, fans and teammates communicated the result to Brittany. Her score demolished the school record of 4931 set in 2005 by Cathi Velzen.
(Gulf Shores, Ala.) The opening day of the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships produced great results for Cornerstone's women. Junior, Lindsay Lipa earned All-America honors in the long jump while classmate, Brittany Green finished the day leading the heptathlon.
The first four events of the heptathlon started the Championships. Green opened running 14.86 in the 100 meter hurdles, which placed second in the field of sixteen and earned 860 points. Next, in the high jump, Brittany cleared a new best, 5-7.25, also second best in the field and worth 867 points. On her second attempt in the shot put, Green broke the school record of 41-8.5 set three weeks ago by Haley Russell. Green's mark of 42-2.75 topped the field by over two feet adding 719 more points. Her day concluded with the 200 meters where she clocked a new best time of 25.48 again second best in the competition and 843 more points.
With the long jump, javelin and 800 meters remaining for Friday, Green's combined score of 3289 gave her a 148 point lead over Karen Huston of Northwestern, IA.
In the final field event of the day, Lindsay Lipa entered the long jump seeded 25th in the field of 25. Jumping in the first of three flights, Lipa's second attempt was long, but with her toe just over then end of the foul board. Her third jump measured 17-9.75, remarkable second in her flight. In the second flight only one competitor jumped farther, putting Lipa third. To make the finals, Lipa needed to be in the top nine after the third flight. Three more jumpers passed her making Lipa sixth with three more attempts in the finals.
Jumping in reverse order, ninth first and first place last, Hutson flew to second place in the fourth round sailing 19-1.25. Next Devinn Roland of Xavier-Louisiana moved up to fourth with a leap of 18-7. By the time Lindsay jumped she'd slipped to eighth place. Another foul in the fourth round left her vulnerable to losing another spot. In the fifth round, Lipa improved to 18-0 giving her just over an inch on Stacia Murray of Indiana Tech in ninth. In the last round, Murray did not improve, giving Lipa at least eighth and guaranteeing an All-America plaque. On her final jump, Lipa powered down the runway, hit the board squarely and landed in the sand 18-4.5 away. Her new best mark moved her to fifth for the moment. The two women she passed failed to improve giving Lipa outdoor All-America status in the long jump to match her All-America performance in the event from the 2014 indoor season.
The Golden Eagles enter the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at the 9th ranked team in the country. Cornerstone has 21 athletes competing in Gulf Shores, Ala. starting Thursday. Below is a list of all athletes competing and the events in which each are competing.
800 Meter Run - Julie Oosterhouse
Marathon - Erin Laplander, Leah Shepherd, Sydney Tremaine, CallyAnne Wyma
100 Meter Hurdles - Anita Souza
4 x 400 Meter Relay - Larissa Hampton, Lindsay Lipa, Julie Oosterhouse, Lyndee Sayers
4 x 800 Meter Relay - Kaitlyn Bronkema, Cathy Coryell, Trinity Hulst, Julie Oosterhouse, Audrey Tremaine
High Jump - Brittany Green, Tess Odegard
Long Jump - Lindsay Lipa
Discus Throw - Haley Russell
Heptathlon - Brittany Green
5000 Meter Race Walk - Bailey Brogan, Brianna Griffiths, Monica Lawrence, Melissa Manlan, Kayla Ovokaitys
The events will begin at 10:30 a.m. CDT with the first event of the Heptathlon.