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2009 WTRACK INDOOR REVIEW

Vikings finish indoor season ranked 18th in NCAA Division III; Kelsey Duhai (triple jump) and Marissa Banks (shot) win individual CCIW titles; Three school records fall in 2009

The Augustana Vikings finished the 2009 indoor track & field season ranked 18th in NCAA Division III, according to the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. Veteran head coach Fred Whiteside’s team had another outstanding season, breaking three school records and winning a pair of individual College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles.

The Vikings placed second in two invitational meets. They were second at the University of Chicago Invitational on January 17 with 147 points and in the Midwest Invitational they scored 185.5 points in the runner-up position. Augustana also beat St. Ambrose in a dual meet and finished fourth in the CCIW championships.

Paula Neiweem (Warren Township HS, Gurnee, Ill.), Kelsey Duhai (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, Ill.) and Brittney Bennett (Annawan HS, Annawan, Ill.) all etched their names in the school’s record books. Neiweem set a new Augustana standard in the 20 pound weight throw with a toss of 52’ 2 ½” at the Stevens Point Invitational on March 7. She broke her own record of 49’ 7 ¾” set a year earlier. Duhai took down the long jump record with a leap of 18’ 3” at the Carthage Invitational on March 6. She broke the previous record of 17’ 11 ¾” set by Tammie Beasley in 2002. Bennett established a record in the pentathlon when she scored 2.440 points at the CCIW meet on February 27. This is a new record because it is the first year that the event has been contested.

Duhai won the triple jump at the CCIW championship in Bloomington, Illinois on February 27 & 28 when she recorded a mark of 37’ 8 ¾”. A year ago Duhai won the triple jump in both the indoor and outdoor CCIW meets. The other conference champion came when Marissa Banks (Ames HS, Ames, Iowa) won the shot with a toss of 43’ 3 ¼”. Banks has now won six individual titles in her career. The Vikings scored 86 points in the conference meet, which was won by Illinois Wesleyan with 202. North Central was second (176) and Carthage (103) was third.

Four athletes met the NCAA Division III national qualifying mark in a total of five events. Duhai was a qualifier in both the long and triple jumps. She went 18’3” in the long jump and 38’ 1 ½” in the triple jump in the same meet, which was the Carthage Invitational in Kenosha, Wisconsin on March 6. Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.) made it in the 55 for the fourth consecutive season when she ran :07.15 at Wisconsin-LaCrosse on February 20. Neiweem met the qualifying mark in the 20 pound weight throw on March 7 at Wisconsin-Stevens Point when she recorded a mark of 52’ 2 ½”. Banks was a qualifier in the shot put when she recorded a distance of 43’ 3 ¼” on March 7 at the Iowa State Open.

Coleman and Duhai shared the team’s Most Valuable Performer honor. Coleman had an incredible season as she met the national qualifying standard in the 55 in 10 races during the winter. She ended up placing 11th in the NCAA’s and is the school record holder in both the 55 and 200. Duhai was 12th in the nation in the long jump, an event where she holds the Augustana school record. She won the CCIW triple jump for the second straight year and was second in the long jump. She also set a Carver Field House record in the long jump with a leap of 17’ 9 ½”.

Rachael Latham (Burlington Central HS, Elgin, Ill.) was named Most Valuable Freshman after recording the second best time on the team in the 400 (1:02.63). Senior Susan Thompson (Glenbard South HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) was the winner of the Erica Vortman Spirit Award. The Most Improved Athlete honor was split between Duhai, Neiweem, Ellen Adams (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and Jilian Rigert (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.). Neiweem is the school record holder in the 20 pound weight throw and she qualified for the national meet in that event. She actually broke the weight throw school record three times during the season. Adams placed in the CCIW in both the mile and 3000 and had the best time on the team in both events. She ran 5:33.83 in the mile and 10:51.67 in the 3000. Rigert ran in the 5000 meters.

The national dual meet rankings showed a heavy Midwest flavor as 11 teams in the top 20 are from the Midwest Region. The University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse was the number one ranked team in the nation with 159.64 points while CCIW teams Illinois Wesleyan (3rd with 151.21), North Central (7th with 148.24) and Carthage (10th with 142.98) were all in the top 10. Augustana finished the year ranked 18th with 134.33 points.

 


2009 CCIW INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP
February 27-28, 2009 *** Shirk Center – Illinois Wesleyan University *** Bloomington, Illinois
TEAM SCORES: 1. Illinois Wesleyan 202; 2. North Central 176; 3. Carthage 103; 4. AUGUSTANA 86; 5. Wheaton 49; 6. Millikin 23; 7. Elmhurst 13; 8. North Park 11.

INDIVIDUAL EVENT WINNERS
55 – Amanda LaRocca, Illinois Wesleyan  :07.11
200 – Ali McCoy, Illinois Wesleyan :25.31
400 – Ali McCoy, Illinois Wesleyan :57.88
800 – Mackenzie Clemens, Illinois Wesleyan 2:17.05
Mile – Lisa Baumert, Wheaton 5:02.90
3000 – Kerry Devitt, Illinois Wesleyan 10:26.16
5000 – Megan Andracki, North Central – 18:04.30
55 Hurdles – Amanda LaRocca, Illinois Wesleyan :08.21
1600 Relay – Illinois Wesleyan 4:01.23
Distance Medley – Illinois Wesleyan – 11:56.35
High Jump – Michelle Criscione, North Central 5’ 6”
Pole Vault – Rachel Secrest, North Central – 12’ 7 ¼”
Long Jump – Amanda LaaRocca, Illinois Wesleyan – 18’ 00 ½”
Triple Jump – KELSEY DUHAI, AUGUSTANA 37’ 8 ¾”
Shot Put – MARISSA BANKS, AUGUSTANA 43’ 3 ¼”
Weight Throw – Allison May, Millikin 51’ 9 ¼”
Pentathlon – Missy Savino, North Central 3,146 points

2009 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES
NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP – Keli Coleman – 11th in 55 meter dash…Kelsey Duhai – 12th in long jump
NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICANS – None
FINAL NCAA DIVISION III RANKING – 18th (by United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association)
INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL RECORDS – Paula Neiweem, 20 pound weight throw (52’ 2 ½”) set at Pointer Open in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on 03/07/09 – breaks her own record of 49’ 7 ¾” set in 2008…Kelsey Duhai, long jump (18’ 3”) set at Carthage Open in Kenosha, Wisconsin on 03/06/09 – breaks record of 17’ 11 ¾” set by Tammie Beasley in 2002…Brittney Bennett, pentathlon (2,440 points) set at CCIW meet in Bloomington, Illinois on 02/27/09 – new record as this is first year event has been contested.
CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS – Kelsey Duhai (triple jump) and Marissa Banks (shot put)
NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET QUALIFIERS – Keli Coleman (55), Paula Neiweem (20 pound weight throw), Marissa Banks (shot put) and Kelsey Duhai (long jump and triple jump).

TEAM AWARDS
MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER – Keli Coleman and Kelsey Duhai
MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN – Rachael Latham
MOST IMPROVED PERFORMER – Kelsey Duhai, Paula Neiweem, Ellen Adams and Jilian Rigert
ERICA VORTMAN VIKING AWARD – Susan Thompson
COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN TEAM FINISH –
TEAM INVITATIONAL TITLES –
FINAL NCAA DIVISION III POLL – 18th

INDIVIDUAL AND RELAY CHAMPIONS FROM INVITATIONAL
CHICAGO INVITATIONAL (01/17) – Keli Coleman, 55 (:07.27)…Kelsey Duhai, long jump (:16’ 6 ¼”)…Hannah Hottle, 800 (2:24.99)
MIDWEST INVITATIONAL (01/24) – Distance Medley (14:18.18) – Angela Pisani, Morgan Gale, Paige Deike, Kristin Sattizahn
WARHAWK INVITATIONAL (02/07) – Keli Coleman, 55 (:07.31)
FIGHTING SCOT INVITATIONAL (02/14) – Keli Coleman, 55 (:07.20)
CARTHAGE INVITATIONAL (03/06) – Kelsey Duhai, long jump (18’ 3”)

NCAA DIVISION III FINAL DUAL MEET RANKINGS
1 – Wisconsin-LaCrosse 159.64
2 – Wartburg 157.18
3 – Illinois Wesleyan 151.21
4 – Wisconsin-Oshkosh 150.33
5 – Wisconsin-Eau Claire 149.82
6 – Washington 148.88
7 – North Central 148.24
8 – St. Thomas 144.79
9 – Tufts 143.97
10 – Carthage 142.98
11 – Ithaca 136.89
12 – Chicago 136.00
13 – Wisconsin-Whitewater 135.40
14 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology 135.18
15 – SUNY Brockport 134.84
16 – Rochester 134.78
17 – Moravian 134.61
18 – AUGUSTANA 134.33
19 – Williams 133.02
20 – St. Lawrence 132.15