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June 7, 2011

2011 Season - Hottle, Mathieson & Bennett share MVP honors

Senior sprinter Brittney Bennett shared the MVP award for the 2011 season with Hannah Hottle and Ella Mathieson.

Seniors Brittney Bennett (Annawan HS, Annawan, Ill.), Hannah Hottle (Monmouth-Roseville HS, Monmouth, Ill.) and Ella Mathieson (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.) have been named Augustana’s Most Valuable performers for the 2011 outdoor track & field season. The trio accounted for four championships at this year’s CCIW meet and all three competed at the NCAA Division III National Track & Field Championships in Delaware, Ohio.

Hottle was named Track Athlete of the Meet after setting meet records in the 800 (2:12.07) and 1500 (4:36.21) at this year’s CCIW Championships. She and Bennett were each members of the school record-breaking 4x400 relay (3:51.04) which finished 10th at the NCAA meet. Bennett also finished 16th in the open 400 at the national meet, while Hottle was 21st in the 800 and qualified in the 1500 as well. Mathieson was also a double CCIW champion this year, winning the long jump with a school-record leap of 18’ 6” and the triple jump with a mark of 37’ 6”. She qualified for the national meet in both events and finished 11th in the long jump. Bennett, Hottle and Mathieson, along with fellow seniors Amy Walsh (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.), Brittany Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) and Anita Maurer (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) served as team captains this year.

Walsh and Prazak shared the Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award with senior Meaghan Reaney (Lincoln-Way Central HS, New Lenox, Ill.), sophomore Jennifer Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) and senior manager Daun Greif (Sandwich HS, Sandwich, Ill.). Walsh also ran on the school-record 4x400 relay and was a provisional national qualifier in the 400 hurdles with a best of 1:04.21.

Kierra Smith (Creston HS, Creston, Iowa), another member of the record-setting 1600 relay, and Johanna Schnitzler (Downers Grove South HS, Woodridge, Ill.) were selected as Most Valuable Freshmen. Smith ran an Augustana season-best :15.36 in the 100 hurdles and Schnitzler recorded team bests in the high jump (4’ 11”) and heptathlon (3,637).

Senior Katie Ries (Regina HS, Iowa City, Iowa), who broke Hottle’s school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase (11:20.97) this year, shared Susan Wall Most Improved honors with sophomore thrower Bethany Siwek (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, Ill.).

Juniors Morgan Gale (Oregon HS, Oregon, Ill.), Amber Gruber (Rolling Meadows HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Melissa Lehpamer (Plainfield South HS, Plainfield, Ill.) were named captains-elect for 2012.

2011 OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD LETTER WINNERS

FIRST

LAST

YR

EVENTS

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

Valerie

Bach **

So

Sprints, Hurdles

Palatine, Ill./HS

Kristyn

Barton *

Fr

Mid Distance

Elmhurst, Ill./York

Melanie

Battistoni ***

Jr

Discus, Hammer, Shot

Elmhurst, Ill./York

Liana

Beauchamp *

Fr

Hammer, Discus, Shot

Kingston, Ill./Genoa-Kingston

Brittney

Bennett ****

Sr

Sprints, Hurdles

Annawan, Ill./HS

Tara

Bistry **

So

Distance

Shorewood, Ill./Joliet Catholic

Theresa

Coverick **

So

Distance

Palos Park, Ill./Amos Alonzo Stagg

Katherine

Dinkel **

So

Sprints, Long Jump

Fairfield, Iowa/Maharashi

Catherine

Foreman ***

Jr

Javelin, Sprints

Saint Joseph, Ill./St Joseph-Ogden

Morgan

Gale ***

Jr

Pole Vault, Sprints

Oregon, Ill./HS

Megan

Garvey ****

Sr

High Jump, Javelin

Naperville, Ill./North

Emma

Grandgeorge *

Fr

Distance

Sycamore, Ill./HS

Daun

Greif ****

Sr

Student Coach

Sandwich, Ill./HS

Amber

Gruber ***

Jr

Discus, Hammer, Shot

Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows

Annie

Heifner **

So

Mid Distance, Steeple

Oregon, Wis./HS

Taelar

Hillyer *

Fr

Pole Vault

Bettendorf, Iowa/Rock Island Alleman

Hannah

Hottle ****

Sr

Mid Distance

Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville

Sarah

Johnson ***

Jr

Steeplechase

Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North

Sarahbeth

Jones **

So

Mid Distance

Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township

Katie

Kornaus *

Fr

Mid Distance

Portage, Wis./HS

Jaynee

Krippel *

Sr

Mid Distance

Joliet, Ill./West

Rachael

Latham ***

Jr

Sprints

Elgin, Ill./Burlington Central

Megan

Lecander ***

Sr

Pole Vault, High Jump

Sherrard, Ill./HS

Melissa

Lehpamer ***

Jr

Mid Distance

Plainfield, Ill./South

Emily

Margosian **

So

Hurdles

Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley

Ella

Mathieson ****

Sr

Long Jump, Triple Jump

LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township

Jordan

Mauerman **

So

Sprints

Albany, Wis./HS

Anita

Maurer ****

Sr

Steeplechase

Downers Grove, Ill./North

Jennifer

Misewicz *

Sr

Pole Vault, Sprints

Plainfield, Ill./Centyral

Kelsey

Moon *

Fr

Mid Distance

Wauconda, Ill./Mundelein

Allison

Nagy *

Fr

Mid Distance

Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley

Angela

Norton *

Fr

Distance

Mundelein, Ill./HS

Amanda

Pease *

Fr

Steeplechase

East Moline, Ill./United Township

Angela

Pisani ***

Jr

Mid Distance

Elmhurst, Ill./York

Kirstillyn

Pohlman **

So

Mid Distance

Winthrop Harbor, Ill./Zion-Benton

Julia

Popp *

Fr

Heptathlon

Belvidere, Ill./Rockford Boylan Catholic

Jennifer

Prazak **

So

Mid Distance

Naperville, Ill./North

Brittany

Prazak ****

Sr

Steeplechase

Naperville, Ill./North

Meaghan

Reaney ***

Sr

Mid Distance

New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln Way Central

Katie

Ries *

Sr

Steeplechase

Iowa City, Iowa/Regina

Amanda

Rodriguez *

So

Distance

Mahomet, Ill./Mahomet-Seymour

Katie

Rowland ***

Sr

Long Jump

Libertyville, Ill./HS

Johanna

Schnitzler *

Fr

Heptathlon Hurdles

Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South

Hope

Shiel *

Fr

Student Manager

Prospect Heights, Ill./Hersey

Bethany

Siwek **

So

Hammer, Discus, Shot

Woodstock, Ill./HS

Kierra

Smith *

Fr

Hurdles

Creston, Iowa/HS

Kelsey

Stockert *

Fr

Mid Distance

Mapleton, Ill./Peoria Notre Dame

Taylor

Tjardes **

So

Pole Vault, Javelin

Gibson City, Ill./Gibson City/Melvin-Sibley

Amy

Walsh ****

Sr

Hurdles

Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove

Devon

White **

So

Javelin

DeKalb, Ill./Indian Creek

Kristen

Whiteside *

Fr

Mid Distance

Winthrop Harbor, Ill./Zion Benton