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September 1, 2009

2009 Season - Hottle wins Early Opener

The Augustana women’s cross country team started its 2009 season off with the annual Augie Early Opener on September 1 at Credit Island in Davenport, Iowa. The Vikings were able to take first place with a score of 21 points and were led by junior Hannah Hottle (Monmouth-Roseville HS, Monmouth, Illinois) who won the 4,000 meter race in 15:59.

Freshman Sarabeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Wadsworth, Illinois) had a great showing to start her Augustana career, finishing third, only seconds behind Hottle in 16:01. Jones was followed by freshman Tara Bistry (Joliet Catholic HS, Shorewood, Illinois) in 16:02. Senior Ellen Adams (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Illinois) finished fifth overall in 16:04 and freshman Annie Heifner (Oregon HS, Oregon, Wisconsin) was finished in eighth place in 16:08. Freshman Jenn Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Illinois) and sophomore Sarah Johnson (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Illinois) were the nine and ten finishers in 16:59 and 17:00.

The 2009 team has much to look forward to. In addition to the returning runners the freshman will bring a great deal of talent to the team as well.

Written by student assistant SID Robbin Cooley