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June 13, 2012

2012 Season - 2012 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD REVIEW

Junior Sarahbeth Jones, shown here en route to a ninth place finish in the NCAA Division III 5000 meters, helped lead Augustana to a final ranking of 21st in the final national power rankings.

Augustana's Sarahbeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Wadsworth, Ill.) capped and outstanding junior season with a ninth-place finish in the 5000 at the 2012 NCAA Division III championships in Los Angeles, California. Jones, who shared this year's Most Valuable Performer honors with sophomore hurdler Kierra Smith (Creston HS, Creston, Iowa), finished in 17:18.50, missing All-America status by less than two seconds. As a team, the Vikings finished the season sixth in the USTFCCCA Midwest Region rankings.

Just two weeks prior to nationals, Jones had set a 5000-meter school record, running 16:53.57-a time that would have won at the national meet-at North Central's Dr. Keeler Invitational. She also set a new school standard at 3000 meters with a 9:58.95 at the Viking Open and ran on a pair of record-setting relay teams. She anchored the Viking distance medley relay which posted a time of 12:15.79 at the Drake Relays and ran the third leg of the 4x1600 unit that finished in 21:07.93 at the Norse Relays. Freshman Jessica Bacon (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.), Smith and sophomore Kate Benge (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) preceded Jones on the DMR quartet, while Benge and junior Annie Heifner (Oregon HS, Oregon, Wis.) ran the first two legs of the 6400 relay, with Bacon anchoring.

Smith and sophomore thrower Liana Beauchamp (Genoa-Kingston HS, Kingston, Ill.) also set school marks this year. Smith's 1:02.69 at the CCIW meet is a new Augustana best. Beauchamp actually broke the previous school record in the hammer throw three times, with her 156' 11" heave at the Midwest Twilight Qualifier being the current standard.

Jones and Beauchamp were individual CCIW champions as the Vikings finished sixth at the conference meet. Jones won with a 17:31.04 in the 5000 and Beauchamp with a 152' 11" in the hammer.

The Vikings opened the 2012 outdoor season by besting eight other teams at the Viking Open on March 24. Augustana won six events. In addition to Jones' school-record performance in the 3000, sophomore Taelar Hillyer (Alleman HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) set a season-best with an 11' 3 ¾" in the pole vault. The 4x800 relay team of junior Jennifer Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.), freshman Lorraine Stamberger (La Moille HS, La Moille, Ill.), Bacon and Heifner also recorded a season best at 9:44.06.

A week later,  Augustana won three events and finished second at the Viking Olympics and on April 6, the Vikings were fifth of nine teams at the Wartburg select, hosted by the eventual national champion Knights. Jones was named CCIW Track Athlete of the Week after winning the 5000 at Wartburg. Hillyer was also a winner in the pole vault.

Smith was a triple winner (100H, 400H and 4x400 relay) on April 14 at the Norse Relays to lead Augustana to the team title. In addition to the 4x1600 school-record, Beauchamp won the shot put with a season-best 39' 8¾" and senior Cat Foreman (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) threw the javelin a season-best 115' 3" to win that event. Freshman Astin Moravek (Riverside-Brookfield HS, Riverside, Ill.) won the triple jump as well.

In their last team competition team competition prior to the CCIW meet, the Vikings won two events to finish fourth at the nine-team Augustana Invitational.

Award winners for this year's squad, in addition to Jones and Smith, included sophomore heptathlete Julia Popp (Boylan Catholic HS, Belvidere, Ill.) and Prazak, who were co-winners of the Susan Wall Most Improved Award. Prazak also shared the Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award with middle-distance runner Melissa Lehpamer (Plainfield South HS, Plainfield, Ill.). Captains-elect for the 2013 season are Jones, Prazak, junior jumper Samantha Bazely (Alleman HS, Coal Valley, Ill.), Heifner and junior Taylor Tjardes (Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley HS, Gibson City, Ill.), who competes in the pole vault and javelin.

2012 CCIW CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

May 4-5, 2012 @ Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington, Illinois
TEAM SCORES: 1. Illinois Wesleyan 204; 2. North Central 185; 3. Carthage 113; 4. Wheaton 106; 5. Millikin 100; 6. AUGUSTANA 81; 7. Elmhurst 16; North Park 13.

INDIVIDUAL EVENT WINNERS

100 - Ariel Robinson, Millikin :12.11; 200 - Ariel Robinson, Millikin :24.96; 400 - Lauren Alpert, Illinois Wesleyan :55.89; 800 - Tara Clemens, Illinois Wesleyan 2:12.08; 1500 - Tara Clemens, Illinois Wesleyan 4:30.52; 5000 - Sarahbeth Jones, AUGUSTANA 17:31.04;  10,000 - Rachel Williams, Illinois Wesleyan 38:47.2; 100 Hurdles - Rosalie Dillon, Wheaton :15.29; 400 Hurdles - Amanda Coglianese 1:02.31; 3000 Steeplechase - Jamie Orewiler, Wheaton 11:21.42; 4x100 Relay - Illinois Wesleyan :47.54; 4x400 Relay - Illinois Wesleyan 3:53.24; High jump - Shannon McNeil, Wheaton 5' 3¾"; Pole vault - Elizabeth Composto, North Central 12' 1½"; Long Jump - Lauren Alpert, Illinois Wesleyan 18' ½"; Triple Jump - Lauren Alpert, Illinois Wesleyan 37' 1¾"; Shot Put - LeAnn Spesard, Millikin 44' 2"; Discus - Brittany Sherron, Millikin 141' 1"; Hammer Throw - Liana Beauchamp, AUGUSTANA 152' 11"; Javelin - Bri Tolliver, North Central 131' 4"; Heptathlon - Sarah Thompson, Carthage 4,428.

2012 AUGUSTANA 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 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

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. 

AUGUSTANA 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.

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" .

AUGUSTANA 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.