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January 11, 2010

2009 WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY REVIEW

During a season that saw a total of four different runners handle the top sport for the Augustana women’s cross country team, it was junior Hannah Hottle (Monmouth-Roseville HS, Monmouth, Ill.) who was selected as the Most Valuable Performer. Hottle was the Vikings’ number one runner in four of the 11 meets during the 2009 campaign.

She started the season by winning the dual meet against St. Ambrose on Tuesday, September 1 at Credit Island Park in Davenport, Iowa in a time of 15:54 over 5,000 meters. She was also the top finisher for Augustana at the Wartburg Invitational (21 st in 23:57), Tori Neubauer Invitational (65 th in 23:36) and the NCAA Midwest Regional (67 th in 23:36). She also finished 13 th at the Western Illinois Invitational in Macomb, Illinois on September 4 when she clocked a time of 24:22. She was 26 th at the Illinois Intercollegiate meet in Normal, Illinois on September 18 and placed 36 th at the Bissman-Lundeen Invitational in Davenport, Iowa on September 25.

While Hottle was the top finisher four times, freshman Theresa Coverick (Stagg HS, Palos Park, Ill.) matched that, including leading the team in three of the last four meets of the year. Coverick had an interesting fall as she split time with both the Augustana soccer team and the cross country program. She was the top finisher at the Illinois Intercollegiate meet early in the season when she placed 23 rd with a time of 19:24. At the end of the year she really came on, starting with the St. Ambrose Invitational on October 24 in Bettendorf, Iowa where she finished second with a time of 20:30. She followed that with a 15 th place finish in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin meet on October 31 with a time of 24:45. In the Luther JV Cup on November 6 she was second in 23:41. At the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional she was the Vikings’ second finisher with a time of 23:41 that garnered her 84 th place.

Senior Ellen Adams (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.), the team MVP last year, struggled through a variety of ailments in her final season. She was impressive with a sixth place finish at the Western Illinois Invitational on September 4 in a time of 23:38. That performance earned her CCIW “Runner of the Week” honors. She was also the top Augustana finisher at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational when she took 58 th in 19:22. Adams was only able to compete in five of the 11 meets and missed the CCIW meet and the Midwest Regional.

The other runner to lead the team was freshman Tara Bistry (Joliet Catholic HS, Shorewood, Ill.). Bistry placed 23 rd at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational on September 25 with a time of 21:04.

Augustana won a dual meet with St. Ambrose by a score of 21-34 to start the season on September 1 at Credit Island in Davenport, Iowa. The Vikings also placed second at the St. Ambrose Invitational in Bettendorf, Iowa on October 24 and were third at the Western Illinois Invitational in Macomb, Illinois on September 4. They were sixth at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational in Davenport, Iowa on September 25 and recorded a seventh place at the Wartburg Invitational in Waverly, Iowa on October 10. They were also seventh at the Illinois Intercollegiate meet in Normal, Illinois on September 18.

While Hottle claimed the Most Valuable Performer award, Bistry and Coverick shared the Most Valuable Freshman honor. The Most Improved Runner award also had co-winners: junior Brittany Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) and junior Kristin Sattizahn (Erie HS, Erie, Ill.). Prazak competed in six meets and had a best finish of 20 th at the Luther JV Cup in Decorah, Iowa on November 6 while Sattizahn ran in eight meets with a best place of 13 th at the St. Ambrose Invitational in Bettendorf, Iowa on October 24.

The Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award was shared by senior Krystal Damiano (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) and the Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) sisters. Brittany is a junior while her younger sister Jennifer is a freshman.

Adams, Damiano and senior Samantha Laskowski (Reavis HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.) served as team captains for 2009 and the captains-elect for 2010 are Hottle and Brittany Prazak.

Head coach Fred Whiteside finished his 28 th season as the head coach of the Augustana women’s cross country program. During that time frame he has guided the Vikings to six CCIW team titles (1990-91-94-96-97-98) and two trips to the NCAA Division III national meet (1997 & 1998). He is also the head coach for the Vikings’ women’s track & field team and he has been at the helm for 12 conference championship seasons (1988-91-93-94-95-96-97-98-99-00-01-08).

2009 CCIW WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY MEET

October 31, 2009

Elmhurst, Illinois

TEAM SCORES

PLACE

TEAM

SCORE

1.

North Central

48

2.

Wheaton

49

3.

Illinois Wesleyan

69

4.

Elmhurst

84

5.

Carthage

122

6.

AUGUSTANA

138

7.

North Park

238

8.

Millikin

239

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 (and Augustana finishers)

 

PLACE

RUNNER

SCHOOL

TIME

1.

Kerry Devitt

Illinois Wesleyan

23:15.3

2.

Jennifer Parisi

Wheaton

23:51.5

3.

Katlyn Bednarski

Elmhurst

24:01.6

4.

Lauren Hooks

North Central

24:02.4

5.

Liz Ave Maria

Illinois Wesleyan

24:04.4

6.

Amanda Laesch

North Central

24:07.8

7.

Sara Greeley

Wheaton

24:10.8

8.

Sarah Beasley

Wheaton

24:14.3

9.

Morgan Wiechmann

Carthage

24:22.8

10.

Alicia Zimmerman

North Central

24:28.6

 

 

 

 

Augustana Finishers

 

 

 

15.

THERESA COVERICK

AUGUSTANA

24:45.1

24.

TARA BISTRY

AUGUSTANA

25:04.6

27.

ANNIE HEIFNER

AUGUSTANA

25:14.9

39.

ELLEN ADAMS

AUGUSTANA

26:03.3

43.

MEAGHAN REANEY

AUGUSTANA

26:03.3

47.

SARAHBETH JONES

AUGUSTANA

26:26.4

48.

HANNAH HOTTLE

AUGUSTANA

26:30.1

 

2009 AUGUSTANA WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SUPERLATIVES

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

TEAM FINISHES – Won St. Ambrose dual meet on 09/01 by score of 21-34 at Credit Island in Davenport, Iowa…Placed second at St. Ambrose Invitational in Bettendorf, Iowa on 10/24…Finished third at Western Illinois Invitational in Macomb, Illinois on 09/04…3 rd at Luther JV Cup in Decorah, Iowa on 11/06…6 th at Brissman/Lundeen Invitational at Credit Island in Davenport, Iowa on 09/25…7 th at Illinois Intercollegiate in Normal, Illinois on 09/18…7 th at Wartburg Invitational in Waverly, Iowa on 10/10…17 th at Loyola Lakefront Invitational in Chicago, Illinois on 10/03…18 th at Tori Neubauer Invitational in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on 10/17.

NCAA DIVISION III MIDWEST REGIONAL FINISH – 16 th (of 39) on 11/14 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2009 MEETS

09/01 – ST. AMBROSE DUAL MEET: Hannah Hottle in 15:54 (5000 meters)

CCIW INDIVIDUAL HONORS

TOP 15 INDIVIDUAL FINISH – Theresa Coverick, 15 th at CCIW Championship on 10/31/09 with time of 24:45

ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE – Ellen Adams, Samantha Laskowski, Meaghan, Reaney, Hannah Schneider, Sarah Johnson, Kristin Sattizahn, Kelsey Unseth, Hannah Hottle, Emily Byars, Theresa Coverick, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones, Jennifer Prazak, Katharina Schwoy, Chassidy Mangers

CCIW “RUNNER OF THE WEEK” – Ellen Adams on 09/07 after placing sixth at WIU Invitational on 09/04 in Macomb, Ill.

TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE RUNNER – Hannah Hottle

MOST IMPROVED RUNNER – Brittany Prazak & Kristin Sattizahn

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN – Tara Bistry

ERICA VORTMAN VIKING SPIRIT AWARD – Krystal Damiano, Brittany Prazak & Jennifer Prazak

TEAM CAPTAINS 2009 – Ellen Adams, Krystal Damiano & Samantha Laskowski

CAPTAINS-ELECT FOR 2010 – Hannah Hottle & Brittany Prazak