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December 15, 2011

2011 Season - 2011 WCC REVIEW

Kristyn Barton (left), Becca Sund (middle), and Sarahbeth Jone (right) all earned all-conference honors for the Vikings in 2011.

Junior Sarahbeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Wadsworth, Ill.) was named the Most Valuable Performer for the 2011 Augustana women's cross country team. She was the lead runner for the Vikings of veteran head coach Fred Whiteside in every race she ran throughout the campaign. She was a top ten individual finisher in six of the eight meets she participated in (Augie Open, Luther All-American Invite, Brissman/Lundeen Invitational, St. Ambrose Invite, Loras Bob Tucker Invite, and CCIW Championship). In the two meets where she didn't crack the individual top ten (Illinois Intercollegiate and NCAA Division III Midwest Regional), she still managed to place in the top 30 despite facing the largest and most competitive fields of the season.  

Head coach Fred Whiteside recently finished his 30th season at the helm of the Vikings' cross country program. Augustana opened the season on September 1 by hosting the Augie Open on Sylvan Island in Rock Island, Illinois. No team scores were kept but Jones was the overall individual winner completing the four kilometer course in 15:30 despite sweltering temperatures. For her performance, she was named the CCIW “Runner of the Week” on September 7.  

On September 10, Augustana traveled to Decorah, Iowa and finished fifth in the Luther All-American Invite, led by Jones' ninth place finish. The Illinois Intercollegiate meet was next on September 16 in Normal, Illinois and the Vikings were 9 th out of 28 teams with Jones leading the way with an 24th place finish in a field that included NCAA Division I teams.  

At the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on September 23 at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Jones once again was the team's top finisher. She placed seventh and the Vikings were seventh in the 27 team field. A trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to run at the Coe Invitational was next on the schedule for the Vikings. Augustana tallied 31 points to take the team title in the four team meet. Freshman Becca Sund (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) was the top finisher with a second place performance, and all five scoring runners placed in the top 10.  

After taking a week off from racing, Jones returned in style by taking the individual title and leading the Vikings to the team title at the St. Ambrose Invite on October 8, in Bettendorf, Iowa. Again Augustana ran up front as all five scoring runners were in the top fifteen. On October 15 the Vikings travelled to Dubuque, Iowa to participate in the Loras Bob Tucker Invite. Augustana placed finished second in the team scoring by a mere three points to the hosts. Jones again led the way with a third place finish.  

The Vikings had two weeks of rest before they head to Chicago, Illinois to participate in the CCIW Championship meet at Montrose Harbor on October 29. Augustana placed third overall as a team and had three runners earn all-conference honors. Jones led the way placing fifth overall. She was joined on the all-conference team by Sund and sophomore Kristyn Barton (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) who placed thirteenth and fifteenth respectively. The following week, the Vikings travelled to Aurora, Illinois to participate in the Aurora Dual meet. Augustana won the meet with 21 points by placing all of their top seven runners in the top ten overall individuals. Freshman Jessica Bacon (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.) led the way for the Vikings with her first place finish.  

The season ended with a 13th place in the 38 team NCAA Division III Midwest Regional, which was held at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois. At the regional meet, Jones finished 27 th overall, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the NCAA Division III national meet.  

While Jones won the MVP award, Sund was voted the team's Most Valuable Freshman. She was a consistent top seven runner, finishing in the top seven in every meet she competed in. Her best finish was at the Coe Invitational when she finished second. She also had top ten finishes at the Loras Invitational (5th), Augie Open (6th), and St. Ambrose Invitational (8th).  

Two Vikings split the Susan Wall Most Improved Runner award: Barton and junior Amanda Rodriguez (Mahomet-Seymour HS, Mahomet, Ill.) . Barton was a consistent top seven runner with her best finish being sixth place at both Coe Invitational and St. Ambrose Invitational. Rodriguez enjoyed a solid junior year of competition with her best finish being eighth at the Aurora Dual meet. Senior Melissa Lehpamer (Plainfield South HS, Plainfield, Ill.) , junior Jennifer Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) , and sophomore Kristen Whiteside (Zion-Benton HS, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) shared the Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award.  

Lehpamer served as team captain in 2011 and the captains-elect for 2011 are Jones Prazak, Theresa Coverick (Stagg HS, Palos, Ill.) and Annie Heifner (Oregon HS, Oregon, Wis.) .

 

2011 CCIW WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY MEET

October 29, 2011 *** Chicago, Illinois *** Montrose Harbor  

TEAM SCORES

PLACE

TEAM

SCORE

1.

North Central

30

2.

Illinois Wesleyan

47

3.

AUGUSTANA

80

4.

Wheaton

111

5.

Carthage

119

6.

Elmhurst

126

7.

Millikin

214

INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 (and Augustana finishers)

PLACE

RUNNER

SCHOOL

TIME

1.

Alicia Zimmerman

North Central

22:46.7

2.

Krista Cota

North Central

22:48.5

3.

Elise Anderson

Illinois Wesleyan

23:05.4

4.

Kala Bingham

North Central

23:17.3

5.

SARAHBETH JONES

AUGUSTANA

23:21.9

6.

Rachael Williams

Illinois Wesleyan

23:29.5

7.

Karin Wirth

Carthage

23:38.7

8.

Cassie Anderson

Illinois Wesleyan

23:41.6

9.

Lauren Williams

Elmhurst

23:41.9

10.

Carmin Beck

Illinois Wesleyan

23:43.83

 

 

 

 

Augustana Finishers

 

 

 

13.

BECCA SUND

AUGUSTANA

23:54.5

15.

KRISTYN BARTON

AUGUSTANA

23:58.5

18.

ANNIE HEIFNER

AUGUSTANA

24:07.5

29.

STEPHANIE BURBIDGE

AUGUSTANA

24:45.3

30.

THERESA COVERICK

AUGUSTANA

24:45.4

31.

JESSICA BACON

AUGUSTANA

24:48.4

 

2011 AUGUSTANA WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY SUPERLATIVES

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

TEAM FINISHES – 1 st at Coe Invitational on 09/30/11 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with 31 points…1 st at St. Ambrose Invite on 10/08/11 in Bettendorf, Iowa with 35 points…1 st at Aurora Dual Meet on 11/04/11 in Aurora, Illinois with 21 points…2 nd at Loras Bob Tucker Invite on 10/14/11 in Dubuque, Iowa with 43 points…3 rd at CCIW Championship on 10/29/11 in Chicago, Illinois with 80 points…5 th at Luther All-American Invite on 09/10/11 in Decorah, Iowa with 139 points…7 th at Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on 09/23/11 at home (Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois) with 186 points…9 th at Illinois Intercollegiate Championship on 09/16/11 in Normal, Illinois with 279 points…13 th at NCAA Division III Midwest Regional on 11/12/11 at home (Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois) with 373 points.  

TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL FINISHES

Augie Open on 09/01/11 in Rock Island, Illinois: 1 st , Sarahbeth Jones in 15:30…6 th , Becca Sund in 16:01…8 th , Tara Bistry in 16:07…9 th , Stephanie Burbidge in 16:09.

Luther All-American Invite on 09/10/11 in Decorah, Iowa: 10 th , Sarahbeth Jones in 19:23.

Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on 09/23/11 in Rock Island, Illinois: 7 th , Sarahbeth Jones in 22:32.

Coe Invitational on 09/30/11 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa: 2 nd , Becca Sund in 19:41…5 th , Stephanie Burbidge in 20:07…6 th , Kristyn Barton in 20:23…8 th , Theresa Coverick in 20:37…10 th , Tara Bistry in 20:42.

St. Ambrose Invite on 10/08/11 in Bettendorf, Iowa: 1 st , Sarahbeth Jones in 19:41…6 th , Kristyn Barton in 20:26…7 th , Stephanie Burbidge in 20:29…8 th , Becca Sund in 20:30.

Loras Bob Tucker Invite on 10/14/11 in Dubuque, Iowa: 3 rd , Sarahbeth Jones in 23:34…5 th , Becca Sund in 23:34…10 th , Stephanie Burbidge in 24:31.

CCIW Championship on 10/29/11 in Chicago, Illinois: 5 th , Sarahbeth Jones in 23:31.

Aurora Open on 11/04/11 in Aurora, Illinois: 1 st , Jessica Bacon in 15:53…2 nd , Kristina Bowen in 16:11…5 th , Tara Bistry in 16:31…6 th , Lizzie Lundine in 16:33…7 th , Melissa Lehpamer in 16:33…8 th , Amanda Rodriguez in 16:37…10 th , Lorraine Stamberger in 16:51.

ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE – Jessica Bacon, Kristina Bowen, Stephanie Burbidge, Theresa Coverick, Danielle Feldhaus, Emma Grandgeorge, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones, Rachel Kelly, Katie Kornaus, Melissa Lehpamer, Lizzie Lundine, Kerri McGrail, Kelsey Moon, Jennifer Prazak, Amanda Rodriguez, Lorraine Stamberger, Kelsey Stockert, Rebecca Sund.

CCIW “RUNNER OF THE WEEK” – Sarahbeth Jones on 09/07/11 after placing 1 st at Augie Open in Rock Island, Illinois on 09/01/11.

TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE RUNNER – Sarahbeth Jones

MOST IMPROVED RUNNER – Kristyn Barton & Amanda Rodriguez

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN – Becca Sund

ERICA VORTMAN VIKING SPIRIT AWARD – Melissa Lehpamer, Jennifer Prazak, & Kristen Whiteside

TEAM CAPTAINS 2011 – Melissa Lehpamer

CAPTAINS-ELECT FOR 2012 – Theresa Coverick, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones, & Jennifer Prazak