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July 7, 2009

2009 Season - Women's Track lands four academic honorees

Four members of the Augustana women’s track & field team were selected to the “All-Academic Team” by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association, it was announced today. Recent graduates Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.), Kelsey Duhai (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, Ill.) and Paula Neiweem (Warren Township HS, Gurnee, Ill.) and senior-to-be Ainsley Fedler (Burlington HS, Burlington, Iowa) were the honored Vikings.

The USTFCCCA honors NCAA Division III individuals for their academic and athletic achievements during the indoor and outdoor track & field season. In order to qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the individual student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met the NCAA Division III qualifying standard in either the indoor or outdoor season in her respective event.

Coleman has had an outstanding career as a sprinter for the Vikings. She won three straight CCIW indoor titles in the 55 meter dash before finishing second this past season. She has earned NCAA Division III All-American honors twice in her career, both times in the 55 meter dash during the indoor season (2006 & 2008). She won three consecutive CCIW titles in the 100 meter dash outdoors before taking fifth as a senior. In 2007 she was a member of the conference champion 400 relay team.

Coleman was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in April of this past year, becoming the 22nd Augustana athlete to win the award. She was also named the Senior Athlete of the Year at Augustana by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee in May at the annual Blanket Awards Dinner.

In addition to her seven CCIW titles and two All-American certificates, Coleman owns Augustana school records in the 55 (:07.08), 60 (:07.81) and 200 (:25.68) indoors and the 100 (:11.96) outdoors. She is also a member of school records in the 400 and 800 relays.

Twice she has been the winner of the Jack Swartz Award in the CCIW, an award that combines athletic accomplishments with academic excellence. She won the award both as a junior and as a senior after the indoor track & field season.
Keli had a 3.84 grade point average with a major in biology/pre-medicine.

Duhai was the team’s Most Valuable Performer this past year during both the indoor and outdoor season. In the indoor season she finished 12th in the NCAA Division III meet in the long jump, an event where she holds the Augustana school record. She won the CCIW triple jump for the second consecutive season and was second in the long jump. She also set a Carver Field House record in the long jump with a leap of 17’ 9 ½”. Duhai was second in the long jump and third in the triple jump at the outdoor CCIW championship. Duhai graduated with a 3.45 grade point average and majors in Spanish and business administration/finance.

Neiweem was the winner of the Jack Swartz Award in the CCIW for her combination of athletic prowess and academic excellence. She had the best throw on the team in the hammer this spring with a mark of 154’ 9” which came at the CCIW outdoor meet in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Neiweem won the conference title and in the process set a new school record. She placed third in the CCIW indoor championship in 2009 in the 20 pound weight throw after winning the title in 2008. She broke the indoor school record a total of three times this past season and finished the year with a best toss of 52’ 2 ½”. She was named the Most Improved Performer on the team during the indoor season. Neiweem graduated in May with a double major of biology and pre-medicine and a grade point average of 3.56.

Fedler was a fixture on the sprint relay teams and handled the all-important leadoff position. She helped the Vikings meet the qualifying standard NCAA Division III with a time of :48.33 at the Augustana Twilight Qualifier at home on May 15. She is majoring in communicative sciences and disorders and has a 3.44 grade point average.