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April 11, 2009

2009 Season - Vikings win three events at Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays; Marissa Banks sets new school record in winning hammer throw

MACOMB, Illinois – Marissa Banks (Ames HS, Ames, Iowa) set a new Augustana school record in winning the hammer throw at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays in Macomb, Illinois at Western Illinois University on Saturday, April 11. Banks tossed the hammer 151’ 5”, breaking her own mark of 150’ 7” set a year ago. She had an outstanding meet as she took second in the shot put with a toss of 41’ 4 ½” and was third in the discus with a throw of 142’ 8”.

Banks was a big reason why Augustana was able to place third in the team standings with 160 points. Eastern Illinois won the team title with 200.50 while Western Illinois was second with 181 points. Illinois State (104.50), Iowa (68.50), Bradley (55.50), Ashford (18), Chicago State (18), St. Ambrose (4) and Lincoln College (1) rounded out the field. The Vikings were the lone NCAA Division III team in the field. Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois, Illinois State, Iowa, Bradley and Chicago State are all NCAA Division I schools. Ashford and St. Ambrose compete at the NAIA level and Lincoln College is a junior college.

The Vikings also picked up victories in a pair of relays. Rachael Latham (Burlington Central HS, Elgin, Ill.), Samantha Laskowski (Reavis HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.), Allison Schaley (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) and Hannah Hottle combined to win the 3200 relay in 9:48.67. The shuttle hurdle relay of Lindsey Homfeldt (Ottawa Marquette HS, Ottawa, Ill.), Schaley, Brittany Bennett (Annawan HS, Annawan, Ill.) and Valerie Bustle (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) won with a time of 1:14.78.

Ellen Adams (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) had a pair of second place finishes. She was second in the 3000 in 10:42.49 and in the 5000 in 18:36.01. The 800 relay team of Kai Frazier (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.), Krista Dayton (Grinnell HS, Grinnell, Iowa), Ainsley Fedler (Burlington HS, Burlington, Iowa) and Homfeldt took second with a time of 1:49.87. The 400 relay unit of Frazier, Dayton, Fedler and Kelsey Duhai (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, Ill.) was third in :50.19.

Hottle was third in the 800 with a time of 2:19.62. Jillian Rigert (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) placed third in the 500 in 18:42.96 and was fourth in the 3000 in 11:30.55. Maggie Furlong (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) tossed the javelin 107’ 10” and was third. 

April Calderone (Sherrard HS, Matherville, Ill.) was fourth in the 10,000 in 45:35.25 and she was seventh in the javelin with a toss of 95’ 2”. The 1600 relay team of Hottle, Latham, Dayton and Laskowski finished fifth in 4:06.32.

Duhai took fifth in both the long jump (17’ 4”) and triple jump (35’ 6”). Kristin Sattizahn (Erie HS, Erie, Ill.) placed fifth in the 3000 in 12:01.59 and seventh in the 5000 with a time of 20:03.27. Kaitlin Profita (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) took fifth in the 10,000 in 46:17.53. Dayton was sixth in the 400 in 1:01.57 and Homfeldt took sixth in the 100 hurdles in :16.42. Sarah Johnson (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.) placed sixth in the 5000 in 19:55.63 and Sarah Blyth (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) was sixth in the 10,000 in 47:22.79. Hannah Schneider (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) finished sixth in the 3000 in 12:02.12.

Ella Mathieson (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.) placed seventh in the 400 in 1:02.47 and in the long jump with a leap of 16’ 0 ½”. She was also eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 33’ 1 ¾”. Karlene Fox (DeKalb HS, DeKalb, Ill.) was seventh in the 3000 steeplechase in 13:23.85. Fedler took eighth in the 100 in :13.01 and Frazier was eighth in the 200 in :26.02. Anita Maurer (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) was eighth in the 5000 with a time of 20:30.00. Schaley ran 1:08.82 in the 400 hurdles to finish eighth. Caitlin Quinn (Metamora HS, Metamora, Ill.) cleared 10’ 0” to place eighth in the pole vault. Amber Gruber (Rolling Meadows HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) finished eighth in both the discus (94’ 2”) and hammer (94’ 1”).