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July 3, 2012

2012 WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW

The Vikings return every member of their top seven from 2011 and head into the 2012 season expecting great things from a veteran group of runners.

GENERAL INFORMATION
NAME: Augustana College
CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201
FOUNDED: 1860
NICKNAME: Vikings
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold
HOME COURSE: Credit Island in Davenport, Iowa & Highland Springs Golf Course in southwest Rock Island, Illinois
ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)
PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls 
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY HISTORY

FIRST YEAR OF WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: 1975
ILLINOIS SMALL COLLEGE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 17 (1979-80-82-83-84-85-86-87-89-90-91-93-94-95-96-97-98)
INDIVIDUAL STATE CHAMPIONS: 1982-Kim Lehman; 1983-Kim Lehman; 1984-Beth Quintenz; 1986-Beth Quintenz; 1989-Samantha Maron; 1990-Susan Wall; 1993-Rachel Knapp; 1994-Rachel Knapp; 1995-Kristy Windy; 1996-Susan Paige; 1997 - Kelly Roliardi; 1998 - Susan Paige.
COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Six (1990-91-94-96-97-98)
CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: 1993-Rachel Knapp; 1994-Rachel Knapp; 1995-Rachel Knapp; 1998-Susan Paige.
COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY COACHES ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC TEAMS: 1994; 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002; 2003; 2004; 2005; 2006; 2007
NCAA DIVISION III TEAM APPEARANCES: 1997 - 19th; 1998 - 11th.
NCAA DIVISION III INDIVIDUAL ALL-AMERICANS: Rachel Knapp (1994) & Christina Gamzer (1998).

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
E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu
AUGUSTANA ATHLETIC HOMEPAGE: www.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 1982)

CROSS COUNTRY OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7524
FRED WHITESIDE HOME PHONE: (309) 788-3171
WHITESIDE E-MAIL: fredericwhiteside@augustana.edu

TEAM INFORMATION
2011 HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings finished 3rd at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship, 9th of 28 teams at the Illinois Intercollegiate meet and 13th of 38 teams at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Augustana won the Coe Invitational and St. Ambrose Invite.

2011 AUGUSTANA WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY SUPERLATIVES

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

TEAM FINISHES - 1st at Coe Invitational on 09/30/11 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with 31 points...1st at St. Ambrose Invite on 10/08/11 in Bettendorf, Iowa with 35 points...1st at Aurora Dual Meet on 11/04/11 in Aurora, Illinois with 21 points...2nd at Loras Bob Tucker Invite on 10/14/11 in Dubuque, Iowa with 43 points...3rd at CCIW Championship on 10/29/11 in Chicago, Illinois with 80 points...5th at Luther All-American Invite on 09/10/11 in Decorah, Iowa with 139 points...7th at Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on 09/23/11 at home (Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois) with 186 points...9th at Illinois Intercollegiate Championship on 09/16/11 in Normal, Illinois with 279 points...13th at NCAA Division III Midwest Regional on 11/12/11 at home (Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois) with 373 points.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL FINISHES

Augie Open on 09/01/11 in Rock Island, Illinois: 1st, Sarahbeth Jones in 15:30...6th, Becca Sund in 16:01...8th, Tara Bistry in 16:07...9th, Stephanie Burbidge in 16:09.

Luther All-American Invite on 09/10/11 in Decorah, Iowa: 10th, Sarahbeth Jones in 19:23.

Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on 09/23/11 in Rock Island, Illinois: 7th, Sarahbeth Jones in 22:32.

Coe Invitational on 09/30/11 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa: 2nd, Becca Sund in 19:41...5th, Stephanie Burbidge in 20:07...6th, Kristyn Barton in 20:23...8th, Theresa Coverick in 20:37...10th, Tara Bistry in 20:42.

St. Ambrose Invite on 10/08/11 in Bettendorf, Iowa: 1st, Sarahbeth Jones in 19:41...6th, Kristyn Barton in 20:26...7th, Stephanie Burbidge in 20:29...8th, Becca Sund in 20:30.

Loras Bob Tucker Invite on 10/14/11 in Dubuque, Iowa: 3rd, Sarahbeth Jones in 23:34...5th, Becca Sund in 23:34...10th, Stephanie Burbidge in 24:31.

CCIW Championship on 10/29/11 in Chicago, Illinois: 5th, Sarahbeth Jones in 23:31.

Aurora Open on 11/04/11 in Aurora, Illinois: 1st, Jessica Bacon in 15:53...2nd, Kristina Bowen in 16:11...5th, Tara Bistry in 16:31...6th, Lizzie Lundine in 16:33...7th, Melissa Lehpamer in 16:33...8th, Amanda Rodriguez in 16:37...10th, Lorraine Stamberger in 16:51.

ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE - Jessica Bacon, Kristina Bowen, Stephanie Burbidge, Theresa Coverick, Danielle Feldhaus, Emma Grandgeorge, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones, Rachel Kelly, Katie Kornaus, Melissa Lehpamer, Lizzie Lundine, Kerri McGrail, Kelsey Moon, Jennifer Prazak, Amanda Rodriguez, Lorraine Stamberger, Kelsey Stockert, Rebecca Sund.

CCIW "RUNNER OF THE WEEK" - Sarahbeth Jones on 09/07/11 after placing 1st at Augie Open in Rock Island, Illinois on 09/01/11.

TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE RUNNER - Sarahbeth Jones

MOST IMPROVED RUNNER - Kristyn Barton & Amanda Rodriguez

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN - Becca Sund

ERICA VORTMAN VIKING SPIRIT AWARD - Melissa Lehpamer, Jennifer Prazak, & Kristen Whiteside

TEAM CAPTAINS 2011 - Melissa Lehpamer

CAPTAINS-ELECT FOR 2012 - Theresa Coverick, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones, & Jennifer Prazak

LETTERWINNERS RETURNING/LOST: 28/2

TOP SEVEN RUNNERS RETURNING (7):

Jessica Bacon (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.), Sophomore... Kristyn Barton (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.), Junior... Stephanie Burbidge (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill), Sophomore... Theresa Coverick (Stagg HS, Palos Park, Ill.), Senior...Annie Heifner (Oregon HS, Oregon, Wis.), Senior...Sarahbeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Wadsworth, Ill.), Senior...Rebecca Sund (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.), Sophomore.

TOP SEVEN RUNNERS LOST (0):