Cornerstone U - Women’s T&F takes title at Furniture City Challenge
Provided by Cornerstone U
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Golden Eagles paid their first visit to the new indoor Track & Field facility at Aquinas College for the inaugural Furniture City Challenge. The meet featured four Grand Rapids area teams: CU, Aquinas, Calvin and Davenport. On the strength of seven event wins and runner up finishes in six events, Cornerstone won the team title.
CU proved very strong in the field events. Haley Russell (SR/Leroy, Mich.) won the shot put and the 20-pound weight throw, bettering the NAIA national qualifying standards in both events. A 43' 10 ½" effort won the shot put with Brittany Murray (SR/Monclova, Ohio.) second in 39' 8 ¾". In the weight throw, Russell threw a season best and NAIA provisional mark of 52' 10" on her final attempt to win by four feet.
Murray teamed up with Lindsay Lipa (SR/Canton, Mich.) for a one-two sweep of the long jump. Murray's best measured 18' 4 ¼" for the win with Lipa close behind at 18' ½". Both women exceeded the NAIA automatic qualifying distance. Lipa also won the triple jump, going 36' 4 ¾".
Tess Odegard (SO/Ypsilanti, Mich.) won the high jump, in a national qualifying height of 5' 6".
On the track, Julie Oosterhouse (SR/Byron Center, Mich.) ran the third best time in the NAIA this season with a school record in the 600 meters. The senior led from the gun, winning by three seconds. Her time of 1:34.89 bettered the old record of 1:35.87 set by Oosterhouse in 2012.
Anita Souza (SR/Varginha, Brazil.) improved her standings on the national list in the 60 meter hurdles. After placing second in the prelims in 8.91, Souza raced to second again in the finals, clocking 8.82. She also won the 400 meters in 1:00.09.
Two freshmen ran new best times to finish second in their races. Megan Quick (FR/Harrisville, Mich.) took the runner-up spot in the 800 meters in 2:20.73 and Elyssa Hofmann (FR/Livonia, Mich.) lowered her time in the 200 meters to 26.47.
Junior, Audrey Tremaine (JR/Jackson, Mich.) added another second place finish with a PR 3:07.06 in the 1,000 meters.
The scoring format for the meet gave points to each team's top two finishers in each event regardless of overall place. The Golden Eagles totaled 192 for the win with Aquinas second with 167.5, Calvin third with 123 and Davenport fourth with 63.
Cornerstone will be in action next weekend when they compete out at Grand Valley State in the annual "Big Meet" on Friday and Saturday.
Cross Country/Track & Field Contact: Aaron Sagraves