Cornerstone U - Women's distance medley qualifies for nationals
Provided by Cornerstone U
FINDLAY, Ohio – The Distance Medley Relay for the Cornerstone women's track & field team will once again head to the NAIA Indoor National Championships after an auto standard was hit Friday night in part of the two-day Findlay Classic. CU, had a solid weekend all-around and will look to build on their momentum next weekend at the GR Sports Hall of Fame T&F Classic at Aquinas.
The Golden Eagles matched up well with over fifteen teams at the Findlay Classic, finishing in the top four in six events and winning two.
Friday evening, the distance medley relay set out to qualify for the NAIA Indoor Championships. Needing to run 12:33.00 or faster, the women set the pace from the opening leg. Audrey Tremaine (SR/Jackson, Mich.)'s 3:49 for 1200 meter gave Megan Quick (SO/Harrisville, Mich.) a slight lead which she held through the 400. Joy Reist (SO/Traverse City, Mich.) took the baton and kept it close for 800 meters before passing to Cathy Coryell (JR/Hamilton, Mich.).
The junior from Hamilton battled the anchor leg from Findlay for eight laps before pulling away to win by four seconds in 12:27.35. The women extended their national qualifying streak in the event to eleven years.
In the 3,000 meter race walk, CU continued their dominance on the NAIA list in the 3,000 meter race walk. Kayla Hunt (SR/Cedar Springs, Mich.) took fifth in 15:28.27, Bailey Brogan (JR/Kalamazoo, Mich.) improved her best time to 15:59.27, Melissa Manlan (SR/Kalamazoo, Mich.) bettered the automatic qualifying standard finishing eighth in 16:26.92 and Taylor Stidham (FR/Millersburg, Ind.) earned her first national qualifying mark in eleventh, walking 17:15.66. Cornerstone now has four women in the top eleven on the national list.
Saturday, Tess Odegard (JR/Ypsilanti, Mich.) won the first event of the day clearing 5' 4 ¼" in the high jump. Freshman Hannah Drake (FR/Volant, Pa.) improved her best in the triple jump to 35'1 ¾" for fourth.
On the track, Quick took second in the 600 meters in 1:41.41. Tremaine was the runner up in the 1000 meters in a PR 3:05.72. Reist finished fourth in 3:07.47.
The 4 x 400 meter relay squad of Makayla Clum (FR/Rockford, Mich.), Kaitlyn Bronkema (SR/McBain, Mich.), Quick and Lyndee Zeigler (SR/Edison, Ohio.) finished fourth in 4:07.22
The Golden Eagles resume action next Friday evening at the first ever Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame T&F Classic hosted by Aquinas College.
Cross Country/Track & Field Contact: Aaron Sagraves