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December 1, 2005

2009 Season - 2005 WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY REVIEW

What a turnaround – Melissa Engel goes from non-letterwinner to MVP in just one year

 

In one of the most remarkable transformations possible, sophomore Melissa Engel (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) went from not earning a letter as a freshman to being one of the top runners for the 2005 Augustana Vikings women’s cross country team. Engel joined the team midway through her freshman campaign in 2004 and ran in just two meets. Coming into the 2005 season head coach Fred Whiteside was hoping she could be a factor for his team. She ended up being much more than that as her teammates voted her as the Most Valuable Performer upon the completion of the year.

 

Engel was the top Augustana finisher in five of the team’s nine meets this past fall. She started off the year by winning the Augustana Open on September 2 and she never looked back. She placed third in the Ashford Invitational on October 1 in Clinton, Iowa with a time of 20:09 and was 11th in the Spartan Invitational on September 9 in Aurora, Illinois. She was also the top finisher in the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational and the Dan Huston Invitational during the course of the season.

 

Whiteside’s Vikings won the Prairie Fire Invitational on October 15th behind a second place individual performance by junior Jenna McAdam (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.). Augustana also won the Ashford Invitational on October 1 with Engel’s third place finish leading the way. The Vikings were also third in the Spartan Classic on September 9 to round out their top finishes of the year.

 

In the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship, which was held at Credit Island Golf Course on October 29, Augustana finished fifth with 138 points. Wheaton won the league title with 41 points while North Central took second with 55 and Illinois Wesleyan was third with 89. Carthage finished just ahead of the Vikings with 115. North Park (159), Elmhurst (168) and Millikin (203) rounded out the field. McAdam led the Blue & Gold with a 22nd place finish in a time of 23:12.7 over the 6,000 meter course. Marisa Mele of Elmhurst won the event with a time of 21:37.5, winning by 15 seconds over runner-up Melinda Sprague of Illinois Wesleyan. Jessica Chalmers (Fremd HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.) took 29th in 23:41.5 and Engel was 30th in 23:41.6.

 

Two weeks after the CCIW meet, Augustana ended its season with a 16th place finish in the 39 team NCAA Division III Midwest Regional, which was held at Detweiler Park in Peoria, Illinois on November 13. In that meet Chalmers was the top Viking finisher with a 72nd place in a time of 23:25.

 

Not only did Engel take home MVP honors but she also shared the Most Improved Runner award with McAdam, who was the top finisher in two meets in 2005. Seniors Tracey Bastiaans (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) and Marie Reimers (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) shared the Viking Award for spirit and enthusiasm. Shannon Gilbert (Sterling Newman HS, Sterling, Ill.) was the winner of the Most Valuable Freshman honor.

 

Reimers, senior Angie Morgenthal (Wheeling HS, Wheeling, Ill.) and junior Stephanie McHone (Crystal Lake South HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.) were honored as team captains for 2005.

 

2005 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN CHAMPIONSHIP

October 29, 2005 *** Credit Island Park *** Davenport, Iowa

PLACE

TEAM

POINTS

1.

Wheaton

41

2.

North Central

55

3.

Illinois Wesleyan

89

4.

Carthage

115

5.

AUGUSTANA

138

6.

North Park

159

7.

Elmhurst

168

8.

Millikin

203

 

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN AND AUGUSTANA FINISHERS

PLACE

RUNNER

SCHOOL

TIME

1.

Marisa Mele

Elmhurst

21:37.5

2.

Melinda Sprague

Illinois Wesleyan

21:52.2

3.

Jessica Griffin

North Central

22:02.8

4.

Amber Druien

North Central

22:05.2

5.

Marah Borgman

Wheaton

22:16.2

6.

Lisa Baumert

Wheaton

22:20.1

7.

Shannon McInnis

North Park

22:24.0

8.

Megan Byrne

Illinois Wesleyan

22:25.3

9.

Laura Hillard

Wheaton

22:29.4

10.

Danielle Cuddy

Wheaton

22:30.6

22.

Jenna McAdam (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.)

AUGUSTANA

23:12.7

29.

Jessica Chalmers (Fremd HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.)

AUGUSTANA

23:41.5

30.

Melissa Engel (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.)

AUGUSTANA

22:41.6

33.

Liz Driscoll (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.)

AUGUSTANA

23:48.2

41.

Laura Meyer (Hononegah HS, Roscoe, Ill.)

AUGUSTANA

24:10.3

45.

Tracey Bastiaans (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.)

AUGUSTANA

24:31.3

55.

Marie Reimers (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.)

AUGUSTANA

25:03.2

 

2005 AUGUSTANA WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SUPERLATIVES

MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER – Melissa Engel

MOST IMPROVED RUNNER – Melissa Engel & Jenna McAdam

VIKING AWARD – Tracey Bastiaans & Marie Reimers

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN – Shannon Gilbert

TEAM CAPTAINS – Marie Reimers, Angie Morgenthal & Stephanie McHone

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE – Melissa Engel…Maribeth Hoff…Stephanie McHone…Laura Meyer…Marie Reimers…Nikki Rohner.

TEAM CHAMPIONS – Ashford Invitational on 10/01/05 with 19 points and Prairie Fire Invitational on 10/15/05 with 22 points

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN FINISHES

ASHFORD INVITATIONAL (10/01/05) – 3rd – Melissa Engel (20:09.1)…5th – Jenna McAdam (20:29.9)…6th – Jessica Chalmers (20:57.6)…7th – Shannon Gilbert (21:12.5)…8th – Laura Meyer (21:15.8)…10th – Tracey Bastiaans (21:22.3).

PRAIRIE FIRE INVITATIONAL (10/15/05) – 2nd – Jenna McAdam (19:42.4)…3rd – Melissa Engel (19:58.0)…4th Jessica Chalmers (20:20.0)…6th – Tracey Bastiaans (20:45.8)…7th – Laura Meyer (20:48.1)…8th – Angie Morgenthal (20:58.7)…10th – Angela Jarrell (21:14.8).