SHU - Cousineau, 4x400 Hit New Autos For #7 Women's T&F

SHU - Cousineau, 4x400 Hit New Autos For #7 Women's T&F

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HILLSDALE, Mich. -- The Siena Heights women's indoor track and field team had eight NAIA automatic-qualifying performances and one provisional during competition at Hillsdale's Wide-Track Open on Friday and Saturday.

New autos were recorded by Rebecca Cousineau and the Saints' 4x400-meter relay team. Arika Knannlein added a new provisional while several other SHU women improved on previous qualifying marks.

Cousineau hit her auto in the weight throw, placing fourth with a distance of 55 feet, 4 1/4 inches (16.87 meters). She bested her top provisional mark by 1 foot, 11 1/4 inches.

The auto-qualifying 4x400 squad consisted of Mariah Ridal, Jalesia Johnson, Knannlein and Brianna Pekel. That foursome finished sixth and clocked in at 4:01.84, improving upon its previous provisional by 1.98 seconds.

Phoenix Duncan and Marissa Johnson placed 1-2 in the high jump. Duncan had an auto height of 5-7 1/4 (1.71m), but missed her previous top performance, while Johnson hit 5-6 1/2 (1.69m) and improved her top height by a half-inch.

Sisters Tasha McKinley and Sheila McKinley finished second and seventh in the pole vault. Both McKinleys had auto heights. Tasha cleared 12-3 1/2 (3.75m) and improved on her previous-best by 4 1/4 inches while Sheila got over 11-9 3/4 (3.60m) -- good enough for a two-inch improvement.

Stephanie Marquardt lowered her time in the 60 hurdles with her time of 8.76 seconds in the semifinals. She had the fourth-best time in preliminaries (8.84) and then the third-best in semis -- both of which were auto times -- before slipping to 9.03 seconds and seventh place in the final.

Kasey Renshaw hit an auto in the shot put, placing sixth with a 43-4 1/2 (13.22m). She did not match her previous-best mark.

Knannlein's time in the 800 championship race was 2:19.62, which helped her to a new provisional.

Elaine Johnson finished second in the 5,000 championship race with a time of 19:13.31. She also took third in the open 3,000 with a 10:58.24.

Ashley Russo won the open 800 with a time of 2:22.57 and the 4x800 squad of Sarah Subject, Lauren McMahon, Hannah Shellenbarger and Lindsay Larsen was victorious with a time of 10:15.47.