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June 1, 2001

2009 Season - 2001 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD REVIEW



Junior Tammie Beasley (Rockford East HS, Rockford, IL) earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were held at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois on May 24-26. Beasley placed seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 36' 6" to nail down her first ever All-American certificate. The first eight placers in each event are named to the NCAA Division III Track & Field Coaches Association All-American team.


Senior Kim Baier (Oswego HS, Montgomery, IL) finished 10th in the pole vault with a clearance of 11' 1/4" and Amy Calderone (Sherrard HS, Matherville, IL) placed 17th in the heptathlon with 3,962 points. Calderone was also ninth in her flight of the javelin with a toss of 114' 8" and Jennifer Walsh (Glenbard East HS, Glendale Heights, IL) was 10th in her heat of the 1500 with a time of 5:09.24.


Baier and Calderone shared the Most Valuable Performer honor for the 2001 season. Baier was an NCAA Division III All-American during the indoor season in the pole vault and she set a conference record in winning her second straight College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin title during the outdoor season. Her best vault this year was a school record 11' 8 1/2" clearance on March 24 in the Early Spring Opener. Baier also ran on four relay teams (4x100, 4x200, 800 medley and sprint medley) that recorded seasonal bests for the Vikings. She was a GTE Academic All-American At Large selection as a junior and as a senior made the Verizon All-District team. Calderone, a three-time all-conference performer in volleyball, set a school record with a toss of 142' 1" in the javelin on March 31 at the Big Cat Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee. She won both the javelin and the heptathlon at the conference meet and she ends her career in third place on the school's all-time heptathlon list with 4,321 points, which was her winning score at the CCIW championship.


Jennifer Smith (Davenport North HS, Parkview, IA) and Manda Geerts (Morrison HS, Morrison, IL) shared the Most Valuable Freshman honor. Smith was a distance runner who had the team's best time in the 800 at 2:17.90 while Geerts is a versatile athlete who was second in the conference in the pole vault, eighth in the 400 and ran on both the 400 and 1600 relay teams which placed fifth and fourth respectively in the league meet.


Tracy Skibitzki (Badger HS, Lake Geneva, WI) and Erin VanWetzinga (Rockford Lutheran HS, Rockford, IL) were named co-Most Improved Athletes. Skibitzki won the CCIW 100 hurdles with an NCAA Division III national qualifying time of :15.10. She was also sixth in the 400 hurdles. VanWetzinga is a sophomore distance runner.


The Erica Vortman Spirit Award went to heptathlete Lisa Johnson (Oswego HS, Oswego, IL) and hurdler Jordana Taylor (Michigan City HS, Michigan City, IN).


Captains-elect for 2002 are Katie Reif (Immaculate Heart of Mary HS, Westchester, IL), Lisa Freberg (R.O.W.V.A. HS, Oneida, IL), Christina Gamzer (Whitnall HS, Greenfield, WI), Johnson and Jeanne Ranson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, IL).


Balance has always been the key where the success of the Augustana Vikings women's track & field team is concerned. It certainly was the major element on the weekend of May 4-5 at West River Park in Chicago, Illinois when the Vikings of co-head coaches Fred Whiteside and Ron Standley picked up a ninth straight College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship.


Augustana scored 225 points to easily outdistance North Central's runner-up total of 174 with Carthage in third with 101 in the meet that was hosted by North Park University. Not only was it the ninth straight CCIW title for the Vikings, but also it was the 11th league championship since 1988.


The Blue & Gold scored in every event except for the 200 en route to the impressive win. Senior Amy Calderone (Sherrard HS, Matherville, IL) was the ringleader as she won a pair of events - the heptathlon and the javelin. For Calderone it was her second title in the javelin and her first in the heptathlon. She set a new conference record and posted an NCAA Division III automatic qualifying mark of 140' 9" in winning the javelin while in the heptathlon she scored an NCAA Division III provisional qualifying standard of 4,321 points. She was just seven points shy of making the automatic standard of 4,328.


Tammie Beasley (Rockford East HS, Rockford, IL) won the triple jump with a leap of 38' 1/2" which is an NCAA Division III automatic qualifying distance. It was her second consecutive triple jump title in the CCIW. Kim Baier (Oswego HS, Montgomery, IL) won the pole vault for the second straight year, this time with a clearance of 10' 8".


Tracy Skibitzki (Badger HS, Lake Geneva, IL) won the 100 hurdles with a time of :15.10, which is under the NCAA Division III qualifying mark.


In Calderone's heptathlon victory, the Vikings swept the first four places with Lisa Johnson (Oswego HS, Oswego, IL) taking second with 3,854 points. Jamie Bechina (Hinsdale South HS, Willowbrook, IL) was third with 3,704 points and Jordana Taylor (Michigan City HS, Michigan City, IN) took fourth with 3,632 points. The javelin was another big point event as the Vikings took three other places besides Calderone's victory. Carol Reif (Immaculate Heart of Mary HS, Westchester, IL) was third with a toss of 119' 9" meters and Bechina took fourth with a mark of 104' 7" meters. Katie Reif (Immaculate Heart of Mary HS, Westchester, IL) placed sixth at 103' 3".


Devon Morrison (Highlands Ranch HS, Highlands Ranch, CO) finished fourth in the 100 with a time of :12.84. In the 400 Amy Tirmenstein (Lutheran North HS, St. Louis, MO) ran 1:00.74 to place sixth and Manda Geerts (Morrison HS, Morrison, IL) was eighth in 1:01.43. The 800 saw Jennifer Walsh (Glenbard East HS, Glendale Heights, IL) finish third with a time of 2:21.10 with Jennifer Smith (Davenport North HS, Parkview, IL) taking fourth in 2:21.58. Melanie Round (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, IL) was eighth in 2:25.60. Smith finished fourth in the 1500 with a time of 4:50.58 while Walsh was fifth in 4:56.05.


Christina Gamzer (Whitnall HS, Greenfield, WI) placed fourth in the 3000 in a time of 10:34.51 and Liz Stoppel (Oswego HS, Oswego, IL) was sixth in 10:52.39. Gamzer was second in the 5000 with a time of 18:11.01 while Lauren Habenicht (Lemont HS, Lemont, IL) was fifth in 18:44.52 and Stopple was eighth in 19:14.57. Habenicht qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet in the 10,000 when she place second with a time of 37:34.90.


While Skibitzki was winning the 100 hurdles, Elyce Kluz (Stillman Valley HS, Stillman Valley, IL) was sixth in :16.73 and Taylor was placing seventh in :16.83. Skibitzki finished sixth in the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:07.35.


The Vikings 400 relay team placed fifth in :50.10 and the 1600 unit was fourth in 4:05.02. The 400 relay consisted of Morrison, Baier, Jeanne Ranson (West Aurora HS, Aurora, IL) and Geerts while Tirmenstein, Baier, Geerts and Skibitzki were on the 1600 relay.


In the high jump Janine Morris (West Chicago HS, West Chicago, IL) finished second with a clearance of 5' 2 1/2", the same height as Johnson who was third. Katie Reif placed seventh at 4' 10 1/2". While Baier was winning the pole vault, Manda Geerts (Morrison HS, Morrison, IL) was taking second at 9' 6". Vicki Monti (Urbana HS, Urbana, IL) was sixth at 8' 6" and Kim Nelson (Orion HS, Coal Valley, IL) was seventh at 8' 0".


Baier went 16' 10 1/4" to take fourth in the long jump while Tirmenstein was fifth at 16' 9 1/2" and Beasley was sixth, also at 16' 9 1/2". In the triple jump, behind Beasley's winner, Tirmenstein was fourth at 36' 1", Skibitzki placed fifth at 34' 8 1/2" and Katie Reif was seventh at 33' 6". Lisa Freberg (R.O.W.V.A. HS, Oneida, IL) finished fifth in the shot put at 37' 9 3/4". Calderone took seventh at 36' 9 1/2" and Becca Parker (Moline HS, Moline, IL) was eighth at 36' 1 3/4". Alaina Inskeep (Ottawa HS, Marseilles, IL) was fifth in the discus with a toss of 120' 2" with Parker grabbing sixth at 115' 3".


All of the Vikings league titles have come with Whiteside and Standley working together. The first CCIW championship came in 1988 when Augustana won despite the fact that it did not win a single event, individual or relay. The second title was in 1991 and after losing in 1992 at home by a scant two-point margin, the current streak began in 1993.


Augustana finished the 2001 season ranked ninth in the NCAA Division III national outdoor power rankings with 187.66 points. Williams College was ranked first with 207.88 points.


The Vikings won four major invitationals along with the CCIW championship. They were first in the Early Spring Opener on March 24, the Viking Olympics on April 12, the Augustana Invitational on April 20 and the Midwest Intercollegiate Championships on May 18. They were second at the Norse Relays on April 7 and fourth at the mostly division one Big Cat Classic in Memphis, Tennessee on March 31.






MOST VALUABLE FRESHMEN: Jennifer Smith & Manda Geerts

MOST IMPROVED PERFORMERS: Tracy Skibitzki & Erin Van Wetzinga

ERICA VORTMAN SPIRIT AWARD: Lisa Johnson & Jordana Taylor

2002 CAPTAINS-ELECT: Katie Reif, Lisa Freberg, Christina Gamzer, Lisa Johnson & Jeanne Ranson

2001 TEAM CAPTAINS: Jennifer Walsh, Amy Tirmenstein & Amy Calderone