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June 2, 2008

2009 Season - 2008 WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD REVIEW

Augustana women capture first CCIW outdoor championship since 2001; Marissa Banks, Liz Driscoll and Keli Coleman compete at nationals

Senior Liz Driscoll (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.) and sophomore Marissa Banks (Ames HS, Ames, Iowa) each won two events to help the 2008 Augustana women's track & field team to its first CCIW outdoor championship since 2001. Driscoll and Banks joined junior sprinter Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.) in competition at the NCAA Division III national meet as well, with Banks bringing home All-America honors in the discus. Coach Fred Whiteside's Vikings ended up tied for 44th as a team at nationals and also finished the season ranked 11th in the nation in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Caches Association power rankings.

The season got off to a great start as Augustana won its own Early Spring Opener on March 20. The Vikings won 11 events, including two by Banks, to amass 308 points and easily outdistance the rest of the six team field. Lindsey Homfeldt (Marquette HS, Ottawa, Ill.) and Kelsey Duhai (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, Ill.) each picked up two of Augustana's eight wins the following week as the team took the championship of the 16-team Viking Olympics.

Whiteside's charges had another strong showing at the Central Invitational on April 5, finishing third in a 20-team field and behind only Division I Drake and Division II Minnesota-Duluth. Individually, Coleman took the 100 meters in a time of :12.17 and Banks set a school record with a 150’ 7” mark in the hammer throw. The following week, the team headed to Macomb, Illinois to compete in Western Illinois' Lee Calhoun Memorial. Facing another strong field in which eight of the 11 teams were NCAA Division I members, the Vikings took fifth place and were tops among the non-Division I schools. Driscoll, in the 800, and Brittany Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.), in the 3000 steeplechase, picked up individual wins.

On April 18, the Vikings came out on top of a six-team field at the Augustana Invitational. Augustana finished with 258.5 points, 33.5 points ahead of second place Northern Illinois.

At the Drake Relays on April 25-26, Augustana got three top ten finishes. The 4x200 team of Coleman, Kai Frazier (United Township HS, Moline, Ill.), Ainsley Fedler (Burlington HS, Burlington, Iowa), and Krista Dayton (Grinnell HS, Grinnell, Iowa) and 4x800 team of Hannah Hottle (Monmouth-Roseville HS, Monmouth, Ill.), Samantha Laskowski (Reavis HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.), Meaghan Reaney (Lincoln-Way Central, New Lenox, Ill.) and Nikki Rohner (Hinsdale South HS, Burr Ridge, Ill.) each placed ninth and the sprint medley team of Coleman, Homfeldt, Dayton and Driscoll finished 10th. Meanwhile, Viking teammates Duhai and Suzanne Udehn (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) were winning the long and triple jumps, respectively, at the Loras Open.

North Park University was the host of the CCIW Championships on May 2-3. Despite being in fifth place after the first day, Augustana was able to come back behind seven individual titles to take the team championship. The Vikings finished with 171 points, just ahead of runner-up Wheaton’s 168 and third-place Illinois Wesleyan’s 165. Individual champions included Driscoll in the 800 (2:19.68) and 1500 (4:39.91), Banks in the shot (42’ 6”) and discus (146’ 3”), Coleman in the 100 (:12.16), Homfeldt in the 400 hurdles (1:06.33) and Duhai in the triple jump (37’ 4”). Coleman’s :11.96 in the 100 meter preliminaries was a new school record. Augustana’s CCIW championship was its first since 2001 and 11th overall.

Viking athletes took advantage of a pair of twilight meets to either reach national qualifying standards or better previous marks. Banks set her second and third school records of the season with a 44’ 5 �” shot put at the University of Chicago’s Penultimate Open and a 158’ 9” mark in the discus at the Augustana Twilight meet. Other qualifying marks in the two meets included Homfeldt’s :14.95 in the 100 hurdles and Frazier’s :12.31 in the 100 at the Augustana Twilight. The 4x400 relay team of Homfeldt, Fedler, Frazier and Coleman recorded a :48.44 at the Augustana Twilight to qualify as well and Driscoll ran a track-record 4:35.76 in the 1500 at the Penultimate Open. The Augustana Twilight also produced one more school record, as Hottle ran an 11:45.9 in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Banks, Driscoll, and Coleman all competed at the national meet with Banks’ throw of 154’ 10” in the discus earning her a third place finish and her third All-American award. She won two as a freshman in 2007. Driscoll finished 12th in the 1500 finals and Coleman competed in both the 100 and 200, but failed to qualify for the finals in either. The Vikings finished tied for 44th as a team.

Driscoll was chosen as the team’s 2008 Most Valuable Performer. Hottle was the Most Valuable Freshman while five athletes, Duhai, Ellen Adams (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.), sophomore distance runner Kelsey Unseth (Willowbrook HS, Villa Park, Ill.), sophomore pole vaulter and javelin thrower Libby Geison (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) and senior hurdler Katie Lukowicz (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.), shared Most Improved. 2008 captains were Driscoll, Katie Morris (Brimfield HS, Brimfield, Ill.), who competed in the long and triple jumps; sprinter and long jumper Laura Wittland (Notre Dame HS, Quincy, Ill.); Johanna Voorhees (ROWVA HS, Oneida, Ill.) who competed in the javelin and hurdles; and distance runner Melissa Engel (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.). The Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award went to Engel and sophomore hurdler Valerie Bustle (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.).

2008 CCIW CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

May 2-3, 2008 @ West River ParkNorth Park UniversityChicago, Illinois

TEAM SCORES: 1. AUGUSTANA 171; 2. Wheaton 168; 3. Illinois Wesleyan 165; 4. North Central 137.5; 5. Carthage 129.5; 6. Millikin 22; 7. Elmhurst 13; 8. North Park 9.

INDIVIDUAL EVENT WINNERS

100 – Keli Coleman, AUGUSTANA :12.16; 200 – Rachel Anderson, Illinois Wesleyan :25.21; 400 – Rachel Anderson, Illinois Wesleyan :57.48; 800 – Liz Driscoll, AUGUSTANA 2:19.68; 1500 – Liz Driscoll, AUGUSTANA 4:39.91; 5000 – Lisa Baumert, Wheaton 18:06.77; 10,000 –Brooke Zeller, Wheaton 41:09.30; 100 hurdles – Amanda LaRocca, Illinois Wesleyan :14.68 ; 400 hurdles – Lindsey Homfeldt, AUGUSTANA 1:06.33; 3000 steeplechase – Mary Ellen Barron, Illinois Wesleyan 11:16.63; 4x100 relay – Illinois Wesleyan :47.99; 4x400 relay – Illinois Wesleyan 3:59.88; High jump – Michelle Criscione, North Central 5’ 3 �”; Pole vault – Rachel Secrest, North Central 12’ 10”; Long jump – Rachel Secrest, North Central 18’ 1 �”; Triple jump – Kelsey Duhai, AUGUSTANA 37’ 4”; Shot put – Marissa Banks, AUGUSTANA 42’ 6”; Discus – Marissa Banks, AUGUSTANA 146’ 3”; Hammer throw – Stephanie Saffold, North Central 137’ 11”; Javelin – Brandi McNeil, Wheaton 140’ 3”; Heptathlon – Molly Walton, Wheaton 3,982.

2008 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA: Discus – Marissa Banks, 3rd place 154’ 10”.

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORDS: 100 – Keli Coleman, :11.96…breaks previous mark of :12.10 by Keli Coleman in 2006; 3000 steeplechase – Hannah Hottle, 11:45.9…breaks previous mark of 11:48.71 by Jenna McAdam in 2006; Shot put – Marissa Banks, 44’ 5 �”…breaks previous mark of 44’ 4 �” by Marissa Banks in 2007; Discus – Marissa Banks, 158’ 9”…breaks previous mark of 144’ 7” by Marissa Banks in 2007; Hammer throw – Marissa Banks, 150’ 7”…breaks previous mark of 148’ 5” by Kristin Pittman in 1996.

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.16; 800 – Liz Driscoll, 2:19.68; 1500 – Liz Driscoll, 4:39.91; 400 hurdles – Lindsey Homfeldt, 1:06.33; Triple jump – Kelsey Duhai, 37’ 4”; Shot put – Marissa Banks, 42’ 6”; Discus – Marissa Banks, 146’ 3”.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL QUALIFIERS

Discus – Marissa Banks, 158’ 9” on 05/16/08 at Twilight Qualifier; Shot put – Marissa Banks, 44’ 5 �” on 05/10 at Chicago Penultimate; 100 – Keli Coleman, :11.96 on 05/03/08 at CCIW Championships; 200 – Keli Coleman, :25.07 on 05/03/08 at CCIW Championships; 1500 – Liz Driscoll, 4:35.76 on 05/10/08 at Chicago Penultimate.

(Provisional qualifiers who did not make the final national meet field)

100 hurdles – Lindsey Homfeldt, :14.95 on 05/16/08 at Twilight Qualifier; Triple jump – Kelsey Duhai, 37’ 4” on 05/03/08 at CCIW Championships; 100 – Kai Frazier, :12.31 on 05/16/08 at Twilight Qualifier; 4x100 relay – Lindsey Homfeldt, Ainsley Fedler, Kai Frazier, Keli Coleman, :48.44 on 05/16/08 at Twilight Qualifier.

AUGUSTANA TEAM AWARDS

MVP: Liz Driscoll; Most Valuable Freshman: Hannah Hottle; Most Improved: Kelsey Duhai, Ellen Adams, Kelsey Unseth, Libby Geison, Katie Lukowicz; 2008 Team Captains: Liz Driscoll, Katie Morris, Laura Wittland, Johanna Voorhees, Melissa Engel; Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award: Melissa Engel, Valerie Bustle.

INDIVIDUAL & RELAY CHAMPIONS IN INVITATIONALS

Augustana Early Spring Opener, 03/20/08, Rock Island, Ill.: Triple jump – Kelsey Duhai, 34' 6 1/4"; Discus – Marissa Banks, 127’ 1”; Hammer throw – Marissa Banks, 137’ 0”; Shot put – Paula Neiweem, 33’ 8 �”; Javelin – Johanna Voorhees, 106’ 5”; Pole vault – Caitlin Quinn, 9’ 9 �”; High Jump – Kristy Klouda, 4’ 8”; 400 – Liz Driscoll, 1:01.29; 800 – Samantha Laskowski, 2:27.22; 4x800 relay – Ellen Adams, Hannah Hottle, Brittany Prazak, Meaghan Reaney, 10:21.03; 4x400 relay – Krista Dayton, Lindsey Homfeldt, Samantha Laskowski, Allison Schaley, 4:16.32.

Viking Olympics, 03/29/08, Rock Island, Ill.: Long jump – Kelsey Duhai, 17’ 1 �”; Triple jump – Kelsey Duhai, 35’ 10”; 100 hurdles – Lindsey Homfeldt, :15.35; 4x100 relay – Krista Dayton, Ainsley Fedler, Laura Wittland, Lindsey Homfeldt, :51.40; 1500 – Liz Driscoll, 4:44.50; 3000 steeplechase – Karlene Fox, 13:08.09; Shot put – Marissa Banks, 43’ 2 �”; Javelin – Johanna Voorhees, 109’ 9”.

Central Invitational, 04/05/08, Pella, Iowa: 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.17.

Lee Calhoun Memorial, 04/12/08, Macomb, Illinois: 800 – Liz Driscoll, 2:16.88; 3000 steeplechase – Brittany Prazak, 12:46.76.

Augustana Invitational, 04/18/08, Rock Island, Ill.: 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.53; 1500 – Liz Driscoll, 4:43.46; 100 hurdles – Lindsey Homfeldt, :15.56; 4x800 relay – Hannah Hottle, Samantha Laskowski, Nikki Rohner, Liz Driscoll, 9:36.30.

Loras Invitational, 04/26/08, Dubuque, Iowa: Long jump – Kelsey Duhai, 16’ 9 �”; Triple jump – Suzanne Udehn, 35’ 3”.

University of Chicago Penultimate, 05/10/08, Chicago, Ill.: Shot put – Marissa Banks, 44’ 5 �”; 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.27; 1500 – Liz Driscoll, 4:35.76; Pole vault – Libby Geison, 10’ �”; 4x400 relay – Liz Driscoll, Lindsey Homfeldt, Krista Dayton, Hannah Hottle, 4:05.09.

Augustana Twilight, 05/15-16/08, Rock Island, Ill.: Discus – Marissa Banks, 158’ 9”; 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.08; 3000 steeplechase – Hannah Hottle, 11:45.9; Long jump – Ella Mathieson, 17’ 2 �”; Triple jump – Ella Mathieson35' 8 �"; 1500 -- Brittany Prazak, 5:20.47; 5000 -- Meaghan Reaney, 19:40.21.

AUGUSTANA TEAM FINISHES

USTFCCCA POWER RANKING: 11th in nation

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET: 44th in the nation (tied)

CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1st place, 171 points

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Early Spring Opener, 03/20/08; Viking Olympics, 03/29/08; Augustana Invitational, 04/18/08; CCIW Championships, 05/02-03/08.