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December 10, 2012

Jones is repeat MVP in women's cross country

Senior Jennifer Prazak won the Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award for the fourth year in a row.

For the second consecutive season, Augustana senior distance standout Sarahbeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Wadsworth, Ill.) has been named as the Vikings' Most Valuable Runner. She has been the number one performer for veteran head coach Fred Whiteside's team in each of the past two seasons.

Jones has been the top Augustana finisher in every race in which she competed for the last two years. This season she started the year with a fifth place performance at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships on September 14 and followed that with a runaway victory at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational on September 21 on her home course at Saukie Golf Course. She placed third at the pre-National Meet in Terre Haute, Indiana on October 6 and was 12th at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational on October 14.

She recorded her second straight top 10 finish in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin on October 27 when she placed fifth and finished the year with a 34th place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Senior Jennifer Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) won the Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award for an unprecedented fourth year in a row. She competed in six races for the Vikings and had a best finish of 17th at the College of DuPage Invitational on September 28.

Senior Kirstillyn Pohlman (Zion-Benton HS, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) and junior Katie Pittman (Mahomet-Seymour HS, Seymour, Ill.) shared the Susan Wall Most Improved Runner honor. Pohlman was a top-five performer for Augustana most of the season and finished the year as the Vikings' second runner at the Midwest Regional. She placed 16th in the CCIW meet on October 27. Pittman ran in six meets and was Augustana's top performer at the North Central Open when she took 14th.

The Most Valuable Freshman honor was shared by Hana Lobsinger (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.), Rachel Rodriguez (Mahomet-Seymour HS, Mahomet, Ill.) and Jeneen Schier (Oregon HS, Oregon, Ill.). Lobsinger ran in three meets and was 13th at the College of DuPage Invitational on September 28. Rodriguez performed in seven meets and was 21st at the DuPage Invitational and 30th at the North Central Open. Schier also ran in seven meets and had a 16th place performance at the DuPage Invitational and was 40th at the North Central Open.

Also honored were the 2012 team captains: seniors Theresa Coverick (Stagg HS, Palos Park, Ill.), Annie Heifner (Oregon HS, Oregon, Wis.), Jones and Prazak. The 2013 captains will be Kristyn Barton (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) and Kristen Whiteside (Zion-Benton Township HS, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.).

Augustana placed second in the CCIW championship and finished the year with a ninth place performance in the Midwest Regional. The Vikings finished the year ranked ninth regionally by the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

2012 AUGUSTANA WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY LETTERWINNERS

ATHLETE

YEAR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Jessica Bacon**

Sophomore

Rock Island, Ill./HS

Kristyn Barton***

Junior

Elmhurst, Ill./York

Kate Benge*

Junior

Bettendorf, Iowa (Pleasant Valley)

Tara Bistry****

Senior

Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic

Kristina Bowen**

Sophomore

Elburn, Ill./Kaneland

Suzie Brashler*

Freshman

Downers Grove, Ill./North

Stephanie Burbidge**

Sophomore

Palatine, Ill./HS

Theresa Coverick****  (C)

Senior

Palos Park, Ill./Stagg

Britton Dallas**

Junior

Indianapolis, Ind./International School of Indiana

Emma Grandgeorge***

Junior

Sycamore, Ill./HS

Annie Heifner**** (C)

Senior

Oregon, Wis./HS

Sarahbeth Jones****  (C)

Senior

Glen Allen, Va./Warren Township

Rachel Kelly**

Sophomore

Downers Grove, Ill./South

Katie Kornaus***

Junior

Portage, Wis./HS

Hana Lobsinger*

Freshman

Wheaton, Ill. /Wheaton Warrenville South

Elizabeth Lundine**

Sophomore

Villa Park, Ill./Willowbrook

Kerri McGrail**

Sophomore

Plainfield, Ill./North

Kelsey Moon***

Junior

Wauconda, Ill./Mundelein

Helen Offerman*

Freshman

Oswego, Ill./Rosary

Amanda Pease**

Junior

East Moline, Ill./United Township

Catherine Pittman**

Junior

Seymour, Ill./Mahomet-Seymour

Kirstillyn Pohlman****

Senior

Winthrop Harbor, Ill./Zion Benton Township

Jennifer Prazak****  (C)

Senior

Naperville, Ill./North

Amanda Rodriguez***

Senior

Mahomet, Ill./Mahomet-Seymour

Rachel Rodriguez*

Freshman

Mahomet, Ill./Mahomet-Seymour

Jeneen Schier*

Freshman

Oregon, Ill./HS

Lorraine Stamberger**

Sophomore

LaMoille, Ill./HS

Kelsey Stockert***

Junior

Mapleton, Ill./Peoria Notre Dame

Rebecca Sund**

Sophomore

Palatine, Ill./HS

Kristen Whiteside***

Junior

Winthrop Harbor, Ill./Zion Benton Township

* Letters earned

(C) - Team captains

HEAD COACH: Fred Whiteside

ASSISTANT COACH: Josh Sherrod