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September 18, 2012

Jones gains CCIW honor in cross country

Senior Sarahbeth Jones was named the "Runner of the Week" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin after finishing fifth in the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships on Friday, September 14 in Normal, Illinois.

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - Augustana senior Sarahbeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Wadsworth, Ill.) has been selected as the "Runner of the Week" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin after turning in an outstanding performance at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships on Friday, September 14 in Normal, Illinois. Jones, running in her first race of the 2012 season, finished fifth with a time of 17:41 over the 5000 meter layout at the D.A. Weibring Golf Course.

Jones set a new Augustana school record for 5,000 meters in cross country in the process last Friday, erasing the previous record of 17:47 set by Kim Lehman back in 1982. She was the first NCAA Division III runner to finish in the 30 team field that included six NCAA Division I teams. The race was won by Gina Valgoi of Loyola who turned in a time of 17:02. The next non-scholarship finisher was Julia Sizek of the University of Chicago in 15th with a time of 18:02.

Jones had a tremendous junior season. She was the team MVP in three sports (cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field) during the 2011-12 school year. She won College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles in both the indoor (3000 & distance medley) and outdoor (5000) conference meets and was fifth in the conference cross country meet in 2011.

Augustana placed ninth in the Illinois Intercollegiate meet as a team and the Vikings were the third NCAA Division III school in the field.

Jones is the daughter of Elizabeth and Lewis Jones of Glen Allen Virginia and she is a communications and English major. Last year she won the Jack Swartz Award in the CCIW after each of her three seasons (cross country, indoor & outdoor track). The Swartz Award is given to one male and one female student-athlete at each conference school who combines athletic prowess and academic success.