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January 8, 2009

2009 Season - 2008 WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY REVIEW

Ellen Adams wins MVP honor for women’s cross country team

 

Junior Ellen Adams (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) was the unquestioned leader of the 2008 Augustana women’s cross country team. She had enjoyed two solid years heading into the 2008 season but she really took her spot at the top this past year. A two year letterwinner and a former Most Valuable Freshman in 2006, Adams was outstanding from start to finish in 2008.

 

Adams, one of two captains for veteran head coach Fred Whiteside’s team this past year, enjoyed a tremendous season.

 

Augustana ran in nine meets during the 2008 season and Adams was the first Viking across the finish line in all nine of those competitions. She finished fourth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship on November 1 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She also won the Augustana Open on August 29 and the Coe dual meet on September 6. She placed 12th in the 27 team Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on September 27, was 16th at the Northern Illinois Invitational on September 13 and finished 34th at the Illinois Intercollegiate meet on September 19.

 

Adams had been the team’s Most Valuable Freshman in the 2006 season and she was awarded her third varsity letter this past year.

 

She finished her fine season with a 19th place individual finish at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional to lead the Vikings. Adams, who had been Augustana’s top runner throughout the 2008 season, came through in a big way once again as she covered the 6,000 meter layout at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island in 22:39.9.

 

The Most Improved Runner honor was shared by three athletes: junior Paige Deike (Leroy HS, Leroy, Ill.) and sophomores Hannah Schneider (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) and Amy Walsh (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.).

 

The Viking award went to junior Jillian Rigert (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) and the Most Valuable Freshman citation was won by Sarah Johnson (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.). Rigert had shared the Most Valuable Freshman honor back in 2006 with Adams.

 

The team captains for 2009 will be Adams, Krystal Damiano (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) and Samantha Laskowski (Reavis HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.). All three will be seniors next year.

 

Once again the Vikings had an ambitious schedule, running in a total of nine meets. Included in that schedule were two meets (Northern Illinois Invitational and Illinois Intercollegiate Championship) where the competition was mostly of the NCAA Division I variety. The Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational was loaded with NCAA Division II schools and the Tori Neubauer Invitational at Wisconsin-LaCrosse was top heavy with some of the best NCAA Division III teams in the Midwest.

 

Augustana placed eighth in its own Brissman/Lundeen Invitational and finished fifth in the CCIW. The Vikings finished the year by taking 16th in the 43 team NCAA Division III Midwest Regional.

 

 

 

 

2008 CCIW WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY MEET

 

November 1, 2008

Wisconsin-Parkside Campus Course (hosted by Carthage)

Kenosha, Wisconsin

 

TEAM SCORES

 

PLACE

TEAM

SCORE

1.

Wheaton

41

2.

North Central

73

3.

Carthage

75

4.

Illinois Wesleyan

75

5.

AUGUSTANA

118

6.

Elmhurst

134

7.

North Park

233

8.

Millikin

237

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 (and Augustana finishers)

 

PLACE

RUNNER

SCHOOL

TIME

1.

Lisa Baumert

Wheaton

22:12

2.

Kat Bednarski

Elmhurst

22:46

3.

Kerry Devitt

Illinois Wesleyan

22:49

4.

ELLEN ADAMS

AUGUSTANA

22:50

5.

Amanda Laesch

North Central

22:56

6.

Ashley Johnson

Carthage

23:01

7.

Laura Pearson

Carthage

23:02

8.

Jennifer Parisi

Wheaton

23:06

9.

Brooke Zeller

Wheaton

23:07

10.

Sarah Ahn

North Central

23:09

 

 

 

 

Augustana Finishers

 

 

 

22.

JILLIAN RIGERT

AUGUSTANA

23:48

23.

HANNAH HOTTLE

AUGUSTANA

23:49

33

KRYSTAL DAMIANO

AUGUSTANA

24:09

42

SAMANTHA LASKOWSKI

AUGUSTANA

24:46

48.

MEAGHAN REANEY

AUGUSTANA

25:05

50.

SAMANTHA PANCAMO

AUGUSTANA

25:09

 

2008 AUGUSTANA WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SUPERLATIVES

 

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

TEAM FINISHES – Won Coe dual meet on 09/06 by score of 20-35) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa…6th (of 6) at NIU Invitational on 09/13 in DeKalb, Illinois…10th (of 25) at Illinois Intercollegiates on 09/19 in Bloomington, Illinois…8th (of 27) at Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on 09/27 in Rock Island, Illinois…20th (of 31) at UW-Parkside Invitational on 10/11 in Kenosha, Wisconsin…19th (of 25) at Tori Neubauer Invitational on 10/18 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin…

NCAA DIVISION III MIDWEST REGIONAL FINISH – 16th (of 43) on 11/15 in Rock Island, Illinois.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2008 MEETS

08/29 – AUGUSTANA OPEN: Ellen Adams in 15:10

09/06 – COE DUAL MEET: Ellen Adams in 15:13

CCIW INDIVIDUAL HONORS

TOP TEN INDIVIDUAL FINISH – Ellen Adams, 4th at CCIW Championship on 11/01/08 with time of 22:50

ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE – Ellen Adams, Samantha Laskowski, Jillian Rigert, Ella Mathieson, Meaghan, Reaney, Hannah Schneider, Amy Walsh, Sarah Johnson, Melissa Lehpamer, Kristin Sattizahn.

TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE RUNNER – Ellen Adams

MOST IMPROVED RUNNER – Paige Deike, Hannah Schneider, Amy Walsh

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN – Sarah Johnson

VIKING AWARD – Jillian Rigert

TEAM CAPTAINS 2008 – Ellen Adams, Samantha Laskowski

CAPTAINS-ELECT FOR 2009 – Ellen Adams, Krystal Damiano, Samantha Laskowski