(Lisle, Ill.) What began as a typical day in April for a Track & Field meet in the Midwest, became an abbreviated competition sleet and freezing rain resulted the cancellation of the final eight events.
The meet began well for the Cornerstone women. Jill Louisignau got things started by leading the 3,000 meter steeple from the gun. Running alone, Louisignau ran close to the paced needed to hit the NAIA provisional qualifying standard of 11:35.20. After lapping half the other competitors, Jill reached the finish line in 11:36.88, just short of the qualifying mark, but nine second under her freshman record set two weeks earlier.
Brandi Harr took second in the pole vault clearing 11' 1.75" then placed second in the 100 hurdles, clocking 16.82.
Before the mist and drizzle turned to rain, Erin Swinger and Kayleigh Hammond completed the discus competition. Both advanced to the finals where Swinger threw 122' 5" for third. Hammond tied for seventh at 108' 2".
As the hammer throw got underway the temperature was falling and the rain thickened to sleet. Hammond's first attempt in the slick circle measured just 101' 9". As Swinger stepped in for her first throw the lightening warning system sounded. During the mandatory 30 minute delay, the meet director determined the weather would not get any better and cancelled the remaining events. "I don't think anyone believed there was a lightning strike within 10 miles of the track," said CU coach Rod Wortley, "but no one was disappointed that the meet was called off at that point. The conditions for the throwing events were unsafe and we would have scratched our athletes from the remaining sprinting events. Getting home two hours early was a great way to end the day."
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