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December 14, 2012

2013 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD PREVIEW

Liana Beauchamp won the hammer throw at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championships last spring and she also set a new school record in the event during the 2012 season.

GENERAL INFORMATION
NAME: Augustana College
CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201
FOUNDED: 1860
NICKNAME: Vikings
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold
OUTDOOR TRACK: Ericson Field (Alumni Track)
INDOOR TRACK: Carver Physical Education Center & PepsiCo Recreation Center
ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)
PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls (Iowa 1971)
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski (Pepperdine 1985)
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

WOMEN'S TRACK HISTORY
FIRST YEAR OF WOMEN'S TRACK: 1975 
CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 12 titles (1988 - 1991 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2008). 
ILLINOIS SMALL COLLEGE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 12 titles between 1975 and 1991 - the meet was discontinued after the 1991 season (1975 - 1976 - 1979 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991). 
NCAA TOP 10 FINISHES: 1995 (6th in NCAA Division III indoor meet); 1997 (10th in NCAA Division III outdoor meet)

SPORTS INFORMATION
SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath
SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265
WRATH'S CELL PHONE: (309) 737-5306
SID FAX: (309) 794-7525
INTERNET ADDRESS: www.augustana.edu (click on athletics)
E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu
SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath,

Sports Information Director, Carver PE Center

Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 61201

COACHING STAFF
HEAD COACH: Fred Whiteside (since 1988) 
TRACK OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7524 
WHITESIDE HOME PHONE: (309) 788-3171 
ASSISTANT COACHES: Chad Thomas, David Gonzalez, Dillon Smith, Kali Pettit, Mike Pettis, Katie Junk, Creston Fenn, Joshua Sherrod

TEAM INFORMATION
2012 HIGHLIGHTS:

Indoor -6th at CCIW Championship...22nd in final USTFCCCA Division III dual meet power rankings.

Outdoor -Champions at Viking Open and Norse Relays...6th at CCIW Championships... 21st in nation and 6th in Midwest Region in final USTFCCCA Division III dual meet power rankings.

LETTERWINNERS LOST: 10
LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: 40

2012 AUGUSTANA INDOOR SUPERLATIVES

CCIW ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Sarahbeth Jones, 01/24/12; Liana Beauchamp, 01/31/12.

SCHOOL RECORDS SET DURING 2012 INDOOR SEASON: Pentathlon-Johanna Schnitzler, 2,855 on 02/25/12 @ CCIW Championship in Naperville, Illinois-previous record 2,734 by Johanna Schnitzler in 2012; Distance Medley-Kate Benge, Jessica Bacon, Kierra Smith, Sarahbeth Jones, 12:13.73 on 02/24/12 @ CCIW Championship in Naperville, Illinois-previous record 12:15.63 by Nicky Pehle, Amy Tirmenstein, Maegan Harris, Jennifer Walsh in 2000.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET QUALIFIER: Sarahbeth Jones, Mile (5:01.91)-Did not compete; Taelar Hillyer, Pole Vault (11' 7¾")-Did not compete; Kate Benge, Jessica Bacon, Kierra Smith, Sarahbeth Jones, Distance Medley Relay (12:13.73)-Did not compete

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE - Jessica Bacon, Liana Beauchamp, Katelyn Benge, Veronica Bertellotti, Kristina Bowen, Stephanie Burbridge, Morgan Gale,Emma Grandgeorge, Annie Heifner, Sarah Johnson, Sarahbeth Jones, Rachel Kelly, Melissa Lehpamer, Elizabeth Lundine, Kerri McGrail, Kelsey Moon, Astin Moravek, Julia Popp, Jennifer Prazak, Amanda Rodriguez, Johanna Schnitzler, Kierra Smith, Lorraine Stamberger, Rebecca Sund, Taylor Tjardes

2012 AUGUSTANA INDOOR TEAM FINISHES

USTFCCCA POWER RANKING: 22nd in nation

CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 6th place, 54 points

INVITATIONALS: Dubuque Invitational, 01/14/12 - 2nd of 9... Wartburg Lutheran Triangular, 01/28/12 - 2nd of 3... Illinois College Jim Green Invitational, 02/04/12 - 3rd of 19... Augustana Triangular, 02/16/12 - 2nd of 3

2012 INDOOR INVITATIONAL INDIVIDUAL & RELAY CHAMPIONS

SOL BUTLER CLASSIC (01/14/12) - Sarahbeth Jones, Mile (5:15.38)

MIDWEST INVITATIONAL (01/21/12) - Taelar Hillyer, Pole Vault (10' 6"); Kierra Smith, 300 (45:13); Krista McCurrie, 600 (1:45.73); Sarahbeth Jones, 3000 (10:16.73); Kate Benge, Krista McCurrie, Rachael Latham, Johanna Schnitzler, 4x400 Relay (4:17.07)

WARTBURG LUTHERAN TRIANGULAR (01/28/12) - Johanna Schnitzler, Pentathlon (2,734); Sarahbeth Jones, 800 (2:23.04); Taylor Tjardes, Pole Vault (9' ¾"); Astin Moravek, Triple Jump (33' 10¾"); Jessica Bacon, Rachael Latham, Lorraine Stamberger, Becca Sund, Distance Medley Relay (12:37.71)

JIM GREEN INVITATIONAL (02/04/12)-Taelar Hillyer, Pole Vault (10' 9½"); Lizzie Lundine, 5000 (19:40.11); Morgan Gale, Catherine Foreman, Jennifer Prazak, Kate Benge, Sprint Medley Relay (4:27.92)

AUGUSTANA INVITATIONAL (02/11/12)-Jessica Bacon, 1000 (3:03.42); Morgan Gale, 55 (:07.79); Kierra Smith, 300 (:43.64); Sarahbeth Jones, Mile (5:13.09); Annie Heifner, 2000 (7:34.37); Taelar Hillyer, Pole Vault (11' 1¾"); Jessica Bacon, Stephanie Burbidge, Lizzie Lundine, Hailey Jacobs, 4x800 relay (10:22.52); Catherine Foreman, Veronica Bertillotti, Laura Polizzi, Morgan Gale, 4x200 (1:55.93)

AUGUSTANA TRIANGULAR (02/16/12)-Kierra Smith, 400 (1:01.30); Kate Benge, 800 (2:22.38); Taelar Hillyer, Pole Vault (11' 7¾"); Annie Heifner, 3000 (11:07.11); Lizzie Lundine, 2000 (7:08.63); Sarahbeth Jones, Lorraine Stamberger, Kate Benge, Jessica Bacon, 4x800 Relay (9:38.75); Johanna Schnitzler, Kierra Smith, Jennifer Prazak, Kelsey Moon, 4x400 Relay (4:18.84)

INDOOR TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER - Sarahbeth Jones

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN - Jessica Bacon & Astin Moravek

SUSAN WALL MOST IMPROVED PERFORMER - Sarah Johnson, Annie Heifner, Jennifer Prazak & Julia Popp

ERICA VORTMAN VIKING AWARD - Morgan Gale, Melissa Lehpamer, Jennifer Prazak, Kate Benge

2012 AUGUSTANA OUTDOOR SUPERLATIVES

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORDS: 3000 - Sarahbeth Jones, 9:58.95 on 03/24/12 at Viking Open in Rock Island, Illinois - breaks previous record of 10:02.85 set by Susan Paige in 1998... 5000 - Sarahbeth Jones, 16:53.57 on 05/10/12 at Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, Illinois - breaks her own previous record of 17:24.27 set in 2012... 400H - Kierra Smith, 1:02.69 on 05/05/12 at the CCIW Championships in Bloomington, Illinois - breaks previous record of 1:03.85 set by Manda Geerts in 2004... Hammer Throw - Liana Beauchamp, 156' 11" on 05/18/12 at Midwest Twilight Qualifier in Rock Island, Illinois - breaks her own previous record of 156' 1" set in 2012... Distance Medley Relay - Jessica Bacon, Kierra Smith, Kate Benge and Sarahbeth Jones, 12:15.79 on 04/25/12 at Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa - breaks previous record of 12:18.47 set by Jennifer Paul, Manda Geerts, Karina Carson and Melanie Round in 2004... 4x1600 Relay - Kate Benge, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones and Jessica Bacon, 21:07.93 on 04/14/14 at Norse Relays in Decorah, Iowa - breaks previous record of 21:16.07 set by Christina Gamzer, Jennifer Smith, Annie Livengood and Melanie Round in 2002.

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: 5000 - Sarahbeth Jones, 17:31.04; Hammer Throw - Liana Beauchamp, 152' 11".

CCIW ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Sarahbeth Jones, 4/10/12.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL QUALIFIERS

5000 - Sarahbeth Jones, 16:53.57 on 05/10/12 at Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, Illinois. 

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Jessica Bacon, Melanie Battistoni, Samantha Bazely, Liana Beauchamp, Katelyn Benge, Veronica Bertelloti, Kristina Bowen, Stephanie Burbidge, Elise Davis, Katherine Dinkel, Morgan Gale, Emma Grandegeorge, Annie Heifner, Sarah Johnson, Sarahbeth Jones, Rachel Kelly, Melissa Lehpamer, Shannon Leyva, Elizabeth Lundine, Kerri McGrail, Kelsey Moon, Astin Moravek, Angela Pisani, Julia Popp, Jennifer Prazak, Amanda Rodriguez, Johanna Schnitzler, Kierra Smith, Lorraine Stamberger, Kelsey Stockert, Rebecca Sund, Taylor Tjardes

2012 AUGUSTANA OUTDOOR TEAM FINISHES

USTFCCCA POWER RANKING: 21st in nation and 6th in Midwest Region

CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 6th place, 81 points

INVITATIONALS: Viking Open, 03/24/12 - 1st of 9... Norse Relays, 04/14/12 - 1st of 7... Viking Olympics, 03/31/12 - 2nd of 7... Augustana Invitational, 04/20/12 - 4th of 9... Wartburg Select, 04/06/12 - 5th of 9.

2012 OUTDOOR INDIVIDUAL & RELAY CHAMPIONS IN INVITATIONALS

VIKING OPEN, 03/24/12 in Rock Island, Illinois: 4x800 Relay - Jennifer Prazak, Lorraine Stamberger, Jessica Bacon & Annie Heifner, 9:44.06; 1500 - Sarahbeth Jones, 4:41.42; 800 - Kate Benge, 2:21.29; 400H - Kierra Smith, 1:05.67; 3000 - Sarahbeth Jones, 9:58.95; Pole Vault - Taelar Hillyer, 11' 3¾".

VIKING OLYMPICS, 03/31/12 in Rock Island, Illinois: 100H - Kierra Smith, :15.48; Long Jump - Astin Moravek, 16' 10"; Pole Vault - Taelar Hillyer, 11' 2¼".

WARTBURG SELECT, 04/06/12 in Waverly, Iowa: 5000 - Sarahbeth Jones, 17:24.27; Pole Vault - Taelar Hillyer, 10' 8".

NORSE RELAYS, 04/14/12 in Decorah, Iowa: 100H - Kierra Smith, :15.50; 400H - Kierra Smith, 1:04.30; 4x400 Relay - Kate Benge, Kierra Smith, Johanna Schnitzler & Krista McCurrie, 4:06.70; 4x1600 Relay - Kate Benge, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones & Jessica Bacon, 21:07.93; Triple Jump - Astin Moravek, 34' 8¼"; Javelin - Cat Foreman, 115' 3".

AUGUSTANA INVITATIONAL, 04/20/12 in Rock Island, Illinois: 400H - Kierra Smith, 1:04.21; 4x800 Relay, 10:03.60.

MIDWEST TWILIGHT QUALIFIER, 05/18/12 in Rock Island, Illinois: 800 - Kate Benge, 2:18.12; 400H - Kierra Smith, 1:03.11; 3000 Steeplechase - Sarah Johnson, 12:04.1; 5000 - Jessica Bacon, 18:36.13; Triple Jump - Astin Moravek, 35' 8"; Pole Vault - Taelar Hillyer, 11' 3½" .

2012 AUGUSTANA OUTDOOR TEAM AWARDS

MVP: Sarahbeth Jones and Kierra Smith

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN: Jessica Bacon and Astin Moravek

SUSAN WALL MOST IMPROVED: Julia Popp and Jennifer Prazak

ERICA VORTMAN VIKING SPIRIT AWARD: Jennifer Prazak and Melissa Lehpamer

2012 TEAM CAPTAINS: Morgan Gale, Amber Gruber, Melissa Lehpamer

2013 CAPTAINS-ELECT: Sarahbeth Jones, Jennifer Prazak, Samantha Bazely, Annie Heifner and Taylor Tjardes