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December 1, 2006

2006 WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY REVIEW

Liz Driscoll earns MVP honors for Vikings women’s cross country team in 2006

 

Junior Liz Driscoll (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange Park, Ill.) was a model of consistency for the 2006 Augustana Vikings women’s cross country team. She was the Vikings number one runner in all seven of the meets she ran in this year. She sat out two competitions (the Carl Sandburg Invitational on September 30 in Galesburg, Illinois and the Millikin Invitational on October 13 in Decatur, Illinois).  In the seven she did run in she compiled a fine record.

 

From the very first meet of the year, when she won the Augustana Open on September 1 with a time of 24:07 over four miles to the last, when she placed 37th in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional, Driscoll was consistently near the front of every race. She took seventh in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship with a time of 23:24 over 6,000 meters. During the course of the year she had a first place finish in the Coe Invitational, a fifth at the Whitewater Invitational, sixth at the Les Duke Invitational and a 25th in the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational. It is no surprise that she was named the team’s Most Valuable Performer.

 

In the meets where Driscoll did not compete, the Vikings did have people who were able to step up. Senior Jenna McAdam (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) won the Carl Sandburg Invitational on September 30 at Lake Storey Park in Galesburg, Illinois with a time of 19:12 and junior Melissa Engel (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) took fourth at the Millikin Invitational on October 13 in Decatur, Illinois.

 

Augustana had best team finishes of thirds at the Carl Sandburg Invitational, Lamb/Kohawk Invitational and Millikin Invitational. The Vikings were fourth at the Les Duke Invitational, Whitewater D-III Challenge and the CCIW Championship.

 

The Most Improved Runner award was shared by juniors Carmen Carrizales (St. Ignatius HS, Chicago, Ill.) and Nikki Rohner (Hinsdale South HS, Burr Ridge, Ill.).

 

Ellen Adams (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Krystal Daminano (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) and Jillian Rigert (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) were the winners of the Most Valuable Freshman honor.

 

There were co-winners of the Viking award and it went to seniors Karen Clauson (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) and McAdam.

 

McAdam was honored for her role as the captain of the 2006 team and the 2007 captains-elect are current juniors Driscoll and Engel.

 

2006 CCIW CHAMPIONSHIP

October 28, 2006 *** Hickory Point Golf Course *** Decatur, Illinois

 

TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 30; 2. Wheaton 50; 3. Carthage 89; 4. AUGUSTANA 130; 5. Elmhurst 130; 6. Illinois Wesleyan 161; 7. North Park 181; 8. Millikin 226.

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN AND AUGUSTANA FINISHERS

PLACE

INDIVIDUAL

TEAM

YR

TIME

1.

Amber Druien

North Central

Sr

22:27.14

2.

Marisa Mele

Elmhurst

Jr

22:44.92

3.

Jessica Griffin

North Central

Sr

22:54.06

4.

Amanda Laesch

North Central

Fr

22:54.67

5.

Hannah Landecker

North Park

Fr

23:00.86

6.

Marah Borgman

Wheaton

Jr

23:21.64

7.

LIZ DRISCOLL

AUGUSTANA

Jr

23:24.11

8.

Rachael Young

North Central

Sr

23:25.22

9.

Jesi Christiansen

Wheaton

Sr

23:36.72

10.

Brooke Zeller

Wheaton

So

23:41.89

 

 

 

 

 

24.

JILLIAN RIGERT

AUGUSTANA

Fr

24:40.16

30.

MELISSA ENGEL

AUGUSTANA

Jr

25:09.79

41.

JENNA MCADAM

AUGUSTANA

Sr

25:48.06

42.

KRYSTAL DAMINANO

AUGUSTANA

Fr

25:48.46

44.

ELLEN ADAMS

AUGUSTANA

Fr

25:56.38

49.

NIKKI ROHNER

AUGUSTANA

Jr

26:17.12

 

2006 AUGUSTANA WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SUPERLATIVES

MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER – Liz Driscoll

MOST IMPROVED RUNNER – Carmen Carrizales and Nikki Rohner

VIKING AWARD – Karen Clauson and Jenna McAdam

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN – Ellen Adams, Krystal Damiano and Jillian Rigert

TEAM CAPTAIN – Jenna McAdam

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE – Jessica Belle, Karen Clauson, Krystal Damiano, Melissa Engel, Karlene Fox, Samantha Laskowski, Jillian Rigert, Nicole Rohner

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN FINISHES

AUGUSTANA OPEN (09/01/06 at Credit Island) 1. Liz Driscoll (24:07)…2. Jillian Rigert (24:21)…3. Jenna McAdam (24:30)…4. Krystal Damiano (25:13)…6. Ellen Adams (25:23)…7. Melissa Engel (25:47)…8. Samantha Pancamo (25:48)…10. Karlene Fox (26:40).

 

LES DUKE INVITATATIONAL (09/09/06 at Oakland Acres in Grinnell, Iowa) 6. Liz Driscoll (23:57).

 

WHITEWATER DIII CHALLENGE (09/16/06 at Whitewater, Wisconsin) 5. Liz Driscoll (19:51).

 

CARL SANDBURG INVITATIONAL (09/30/06 at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Illinois) 1. Jenna McAdam (19:12)…3. Jillian Rigert (19:52).

 

LAMB KOHAWK INVITATIONAL (10/07/06 at Jones Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) 1. Liz Driscoll (23:07)…4. Melissa Engel (24:02).

 

MILLIKIN INVITATIONAL (10/13/06 at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, Illinois) 4. Melissa Engel (23:51)…10. Jenna McAdam (24:25).

 

CCIW CHAMPIONSHIP (10/28/06 at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, Illinois) 7. Liz Driscoll (23:24).

 

NCAA Division III Cross Country Coaches Association Academic Honors – Entire 2006 team roster