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(East Lansing, Mich.) After having last week's meet cancelled, the Golden Eagles finally got the outdoor Track & Field season started at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational. Sunny skies, but bitter wind made conditions difficult, nevertheless, CU had six top-three finishes and five personal best performances.
To escape the 20 mile per hour wind, jumping events were held inside Jenison Fieldhouse. Lindsay Lipa won the triple jump with a new best of 36' 4". Tess Odegard and Brittany Green finished second and third in the high jump with Odegard clearing the NAIA automatic national qualifying height of 5-6. Green's 5-4 clearance set a new best.
In the shot put, Haley Russell took second, extending her best to 40-6.25. Green placed fourth with a mark of 38-11.5. Russell also took seventh in the discus, throwing 126-2.
On the track, Anita Souza won the 400 meter hurdles, clocking 1:07.05. Trinity Hulst ran a PR 4:52.66 to finish second in her heat of the 1500 and 15th out of 42 in the event. Freshman, Cathy Coryell won the fourth heat in 5:08.52, good for 27th overall.
The morning sections of the 5,000 were run with the wind chill in the teens. Julie Oosterhouse and CallyAnne Wyma raced together finishing fourth and fifth with Oosterhouse running 19:14.08 and Wyma 19:50.60
By the end of the day the wind let up significantly as Lipa, Lyndee Sayers, Oodegard, and Souza combined to finish third in the 4 x 400 meter relay in 4:06.62.
(Geneva, Ohio) Going into the final day of competition at the 2014 NAIA Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championships, Cornerstone stood second in the team standings with 22 points. They added 27.5 more points scoring in three events to claim the fourth place trophy with 49.5 points for the highest finish in program history.
Anita Souza lined up as the seventh seed in the 60 meter hurdle finals, but blazed to a third place finish with a season best 8.69 earning six more points. Akela Jones of Oklahoma Baptist broke her own meet record running 8.31 and WHAC rival Shayla France of Indiana Tech took the runner up spot in 8.68.
The 800 meters featured top seeded Julie Oosterhouse and Hillary Holt from the College of Idaho. One hour earlier, Holt easily won the mile and held a better lifetime best in the 800. "We knew Hillary wouldn't be hurting from the mile, but the 800 final would be her fifth race in three days," said CU Coach Rod Wortley. "Julie planned to see if Hillary was willing to be pushed knowing she had to run the distance medley final in two hours."
Oosterhouse typically races from the back in and uses her ability to sustain a long drive in the final 400 meters. This time she put herself just behind the leader, Holt going through 200 meters in 30 seconds. The pace settled to 34 seconds as they reached halfway in 65 seconds. Holt held a two-step margin with 300 meters remaining and Julie accelerated to close the gap. Hillary responded and the pair raced half a step apart down the backstretch. Off the last turn, Oosterhouse drifted to the outside refusing to concede. Holt held form, winning in 2:09.08. Julie chopped more than two seconds off her school record taking second in 2:10.28 and adding eight more points.
(Geneva, Ohio) On the second day of the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Cornerstone Women's Track & Field team matched their feat from the first day by getting two All-Americans in the opening event. They also advanced two women to Saturday's final.
The 2014 edition of the 3,000 meter race walk featured the largest field in over a decade with 21 women entered, including four from Cornerstone. For fifth-seeded CU senior, Monica Lawrence, this would be her indoor championship. "The quality of the women's walk has grown tremendously since Monica's freshman year," said CU walks coach, Nate Van Holten. "She's done a great job improving every season to match the new talent."
From the start Lawrence positioned herself in the lead pack never letting the pace go above 88 seconds per 300 meter lap. With a season best of 15:01, Lawrence worked her way into third as the pack strung out. Holding form she got within four seconds of runner up Mereth Zalba of Missouri Baptist at the finish. Her time of 14:24.72 erased the school record set in 2011 by Janelle Brown and earned Lawrence her third All-America honor in the event.
Behind her, Brianna Griffiths put herself in the top ten and worked up to seventh for her first Indoor All-America plaque. Her time of 15:22.62 took eleven seconds off her best time. Sophomore Kayla Ovokaitys bettered her twelfth seed making the top ten with a fifteen second PR of 15:50.02. Freshman, Melissa Manlan finished fifteenth slicing 22 seconds off her previous best.
One day after the finishing third in the pentathlon, Anita Souza ran 8.77 to take second in her semi-final heat of the 60 meter hurdles. Her time advances her to Saturday's finals in the event.
As the top seed in the 800 meters, Julie Oosterhouse took control of her semi-final heat after a 67 second opening 400 meters. A 33 second last 200 meters gave her enough cushion to coast to the finish for the win in 2:15.73 while Cherie Gaines of Indiana Tech snuck in for a close second in 2:15.86. Both advance to Saturday's final.
Haley Russell made her Indoor Nationals debut in the 20 pound weight throw. Seeded 21st, Russell's second round was a new best 53-8.25 putting her fourteenth in the field of 23 competitors.
Brittany Green placed tenth in the long jump with a mark of 17-8.75.
(Geneva, Ohio) Cornerstone juniors, Brittany Green and Anita Souza came into the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship seeded second and third in the pentathlon. Both wasted no time demonstrating they belonged in those spots.
In the first of the five events, the 60 meter hurdles, Green blasted a personal best 8.93 good for 925 points. Souza was near her season best, clocking 8.79 for 954 points. Akela Jones of Oklahoma Baptist broke the meet record for the pentathlon 60 meter hurdles, running 8.43.
Green went from fourth to second in the standings in the second event. Her 5-6 clearance in the high jump was worth points 830 points. Souza stayed in fourth getting over 5-0.25 for 655 points. Jones broke her second record of the day clearing 6'.
Just as she did at the 2013 championships, Green won the shot put. Her 41-5 effort added 702 more points. Souza's 31-7.5 made things close between third and fifth.
Jones sealed the win with her 19-8.75 long jump. Green got the closest jumping 18-11.25 for 780 points. Souza had the fifth best jump, going 17' for 609 points.
With just the 800 meters remaining, Green needed only to run 3:00 to keep second while Souza could claim third if she finished with Lydia Pomerenke of Concordia Nebraska and Becky Collier of Westmont. Brittany finished a contented last place running 2:47.17 to save her legs for Friday's open long jump and Saturday's high jump competition. Souza stayed with her competition and pulled away in the final 100 meters to finish in 2:28.40.
Jones won with 4153 points. Green broke her school record of 3671 set earlier this season, scoring 3730 and improving one place from nationals last year. Souza's 3437 gave her a 36 point cushion over fourth earning All-America honors for the first time in the event.
In the relay semifinals, the Golden Eagles ran the second fastest 4 x 400 meter relay in school history. Lindsay Lipa, Lyndee Sayers, Tess Odegard and Larissa Hampton combined for 3:55.64 finishing fifth in their heat and eleventh out of 23 teams. The distance medley of Jill Louisignau, Kaitlyn Bronkema, Trinity Hulst and Julie Oosterhouse finished fourteenth of nineteen teams running 12:24.59.
Cornerstone is in first place with 14 points after day 1 on the finishes of Green and Souza in the Pentathlon.
(Geneva, Ohio) – The Golden Eagles women return to the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship for the 16th straight season with their largest contingent (19) of in program history. Third in the latest USTFCCCA computer rankings, the Golden Eagles are seeded in the top three in seven events. Junior Julie Oosterhouse is the top entry in the 800 meters having run 2:12.46. Classmate Brittany Green is seeded 2nd in the long jump (19' 9 1/2") and the pentathlon. Freshman Tess odegard enters her first national meet seeded second in the high jump with a mark of 5' 9 1/4". Junior Anita Souza is the number three seed in both the 60 meters hurdles (8.71) and the pentathlon.
Kaitlyn Bronkema - Relays
Kaylee Carew - Relays
Cathy Coryell - Relays
Brittany Green - Pentathlon, Long Jump, High Jump
Brianna Griffiths - 3,000 Meter Race Walk
Larissa Hampton - Relays
Trinity Hulst - Relays
Monica Lawrence - 3,000 Meter Race Walk
Lindsay Lipa - Long Jump, Triple Jump, Relays
Jill Louisignau - Relays
Melissa Manlan - 3,000 Meter Race Walk
Tess Odegard - High Jump
Julie Oosterhouse - 800 Meter Run, Relays
Kayla Ovokaitys - 3,000 Meter Race Walk
Gabby Reams - Pole Vault
Haley Russell - Shot Put, 20 lb. Weight Throw
Lyndee Sayers - Relays
Rachel Skinner - Relays
Anita Souza - Pentathlon, 60 Meter Hurdles, Relays