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2012 Season - 2002 Women's Track Review, Indoor

2002 WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD REVIEW

TAMMIE BEASLEY EARNS TEAM MVP HONORS; VIKINGS FINISH SECOND AT THE COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN CHAMPIONSHIP

Senior Tammie Beasley (Rockford East HS, Rockford, IL) took home the Most Valuable Performer honor for the 2002 indoor season.  Beasley just missed becoming an All-American for the second time when she finished ninth at the NCAA Division III National Indoor Track & Field Championships, just one place away from All-American status.  In 2001, she placed seventh in the triple jump at the Division III Outdoor Championships to nail down her first ever All-American certificate.  In addition to the triple jump, Beasley was also a provisional national meet qualifier in the long jump.  At the CCIW Championships she was a double winner by winning the triple jump with a leap of 37’ 3-3/4” and the long jump with a school record leap of 17’ 11-3/4”.  The previous long jump record of 17’ 11-1/2” was help jointly by Maria Phillip (1993) and Kim Wallace (1995).

Emily Roling (Dubuque Wahlert HS, Dubuque, IA) was named the Most Valuable Freshman for the indoor season.  Roling finished the season with a team best time of 1:01.94 in the 400 meters.  She was also a part of the school record setting Sprint Medley Relay and was on the season best 1600 relay team.

Sophomore Annie Livengood (Jacobs HS, Lake-in-the-Hills, IL) was honored with the Most Improved Award for the Vikings.  Livengood finished fifth in the 1500 at the CCIW meet with a time of 4:57.15 and was also part of the third place 3200 relay team.  She had a team best time in the mile as well, with a 5:24.40 clocking at the Warhawk Invitational. 

The Erika Vortman Spirit Award was shared by senior jumper Lisa Johnson (Oswego HS, Oswego, IL), senior jumper Katie Reif (Immaculate Heart of Mary HS, Westchester, IL), and sophomore middle distance runner Jennifer Smith (Davenport North HS, Parkview, IA). 

The Vikings used six individual champions and great depth to propel them to a second place finish at the 2002 CCIW Indoor Championships at Carthage on February 22.  Augustana (162.5 points) finished behind the hosts from Carthage (184 points) for first, but far outdistanced third place North Central (109 points).

Beasley led the way for the Vikings with individual titles in the long jump and the triple jump.  It was her second straight indoor triple jump title as she broke her own conference record in the event with a leap of 37’ 3-3/4”. 

Becca Parker (Moline HS, Moline, IL) won the shot put with a school record toss of 40’ 11” breaking the old mark of 40’ 1” set by Sara Freberg in 2000.

Jennifer Smith took home the 800 title with a conference record time of 2:20.37 breaking the old mark of 2:21.24, which was set last season by Fianina Taylor of Illinois Wesleyan. 

Christina Gamzer (Whitnall HS, Greenfield, WI) won the 1500 with a conference record time of 4:48.31 breaking the record of 4:48.37 by Darlene Duncan of North Park in 2001. 

The distance medley team of Gamzer, Erin VanWetzinga (Rockford Lutheran HS, Rockford, IL), Melanie Round (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, IL) and Smith won with a time of 12:53.34.

Earlier in the season at the Warhawk Invitational the distance medley team of Smith, Manda Geerts (Morrison HS, Morrison, IL), Round and Gamzer bettered the NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a time of 12:26.85.

Three new indoor school records were set in the 2002 season.  In addition to Beasley breaking the long jump mark and Parker breaking the shot put record, the sprint medley team of Jeanne Ranson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, IL),  Roling, Geerts and Smith set a new school record with a time of 4:20.38 at the Midwest Pentagular.  The old record of 4:22.00 was set in 2001 by Amy Tirmenstein, Geerts, Amy Calderone and Jay Walsh.    

Augustana won Midwest Pentagular at Knox College on January 26.  The team also placed third at the Pepsi Challenge on February 9th and fifth at the Warhawk Invitational on February 16.

 
2002 INDOOR AWARD WINNERS
MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER: Tammie Beasley
MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN: Emily Roling
MOST IMPROVED PERFORMER: Annie Livengood
ERICA VORTMAN SPIRIT AWARD: Lisa Johnson, Katie Reif and Jennifer Smith
2002 CAPTAINS: Katie Reif, Lisa Freberg, Christina Gamzer, Lisa Johnson & Jeanne Ranson

2002 CCIW INDOOR WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

February 22, 2002
Carthage College
Kenosha, Wisconsin

TEAM SCORES: 1. Carthage 194; 2. Augustana 162.50; 3. North Central 109; 4. Illinois Wesleyan 57; 5. Wheaton 49; 6. Elmhurst 37; 7. Millikin 28.5; 8. North Park 24.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS
55 - Muffy Israel, Carthage :07.29
200 - Muffy Israel, Carthage :25.81
400 - Gena Rawlins, Illinois Wesleyan :56.76
800 - Jennifer Smith, Augustana 2:20.37
1500 - Christina Gamzer, Augustana 4:48.31
5000 - Molly Morrison, North Central 17:47.05
55 Hurdles - Keya Willis, Carthage :08.30
800 Relay - Carthage 1:45.81
1600 Relay - Carthage 3:59.12
3200 Relay - Carthage 9:47.86
Distance Medley - Augustana 12:53.34
High Jump - Rachel Kroll, Carthage 5' 4 1/2" - 1.64 meters
Pole Vault - Ashley Wiser, North Central 10' 5 1/2" - 3.19 meters
Long Jump - Tammie Beasley, Augustana 17' 11 3/4" - 5.48 meters
Triple Jump - Tammie Beasley, Augustana 37' 3 3/4" - 11.37 meters
Shot - Becca Parker, Augustana 40' 11 1/2" - 12.48 meters
20 Pound Weight - Becki Schmitz, Carthage 57' 4 1/4" - 17.48 meters