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June 1, 2005

2009 Season - 2005 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD REVIEW



Sophomore pole vaulter Meghan Voiland (Yorkville HS, Yorkville, IL) maintained her remarkable streak of All-American success in NCAA Division III national meets. When she cleared 11’ 10 ½” at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa on May 26 it was good enough for an eighth place finish. That made her an All-American for the fourth time in her career in as many national meets. She now has two indoor and two outdoor All-American certificates.


It wasn’t an easy road by any means as Voiland had surgery the week after the 2005 indoor national meet where she finished second. She missed the majority of the outdoor season and did not compete until the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship on May 6-7 at Ericson Field. She showed that the time off did not hurt her much as she set a new conference and school record in winning with a clearance of 12’ 6 ¾”.


Voiland was the lone All-American performer for veteran head coach Fred Whiteside’s team in 2005 although the Vikings did qualify two relay teams and two other individuals for the national meet. The 400 relay team of Theresa Suwannapal (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, IL), Bekki Cheatham (Argenta HS, Decatur, IL), Jessica Corvo (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, IL) and Jacquelyn Olsen (Richmond Burton HS, Spring Grove, IL) clocked a time of :48.80 and the 1600 unit of Sara Bremer (Parkway South HS, Manchester, MO), Corvo, Kristen Ufheil (Annawan HS, Annawan, IL) and Olsen turned in a time of 3:54.68. Both of those relay teams qualified in the Midwest Championship on May 20. Suwannapal qualified individually in the 100 hurdles when she ran :14.39 at the CCIW meet and Jodi Stanton (Stephen F. Austin HS, El Paso, TX) made it with a throw of 43’ 10 ½”, also at the conference meet.


Augustana finished the season with victories in three invitationals (Early Spring Opener, Viking Olympics and Cornell Relays) and a solid fourth place finish in the CCIW championships. At the CCIW meet Carthage won the team title with 189 points while Wheaton was second with 148, North Central third with 141 and the Vikings in fourth with 116. Illinois Wesleyan (111), Elmhurst (48), Millikin (38) and North Park (24) rounded out the field.


In the conference meet Voiland was joined on the victory stand by teammates Desiree Butcher (Bishop McNamara HS, Wilmington, IL) and Stanton. Butcher won the hammer throw with a new conference record of 140’ 9” and Stanton took the shot with a school record toss of 43’ 10 ½”. Although she did not win an individual event, Suwannapal had a tremendous outing as she placed second in the 100 hurdles, second in the open 100 and third in the 200. For good measure she led off the 400 relay that took fourth. She set a new school record in the 100 hurdles with a time of :14.39.


The Vikings broke four school records in 2005. In addition to Voiland in the pole vault (12’ 6 ¾”), Stanton in the shot put (43’ 10 ½”) and Suwannapal in the 100 hurdles (:14.39), the other mark to fall came in the 3000 steeplechase where senior Erin Marciniec (Benet Academy, Plainfield, IL) ran 11:50.7 in the Midwest Championships.


Suwannapal was named the team’s Most Valuable Performer according to a vote of her teammates after the season was finished. In addition to her school record in the 100 hurdles, she had the fastest time on the team in the 100 (:12.50) and the 200 (:12.50) as well as qualifying for nationals in two events (100 hurdles and 400 relay). The Most Improved Award was shared by Suwannapal, Bremer, Olsen and Ufheil. Bremer had the fastest time on the team in the 800 at 2:21.04 and finished third in the CCIW as well as running the leadoff leg on the national qualifying 1600 relay. Olsen anchored both the 400 and 1600 relay teams to NCAA qualifying times and she had the best time on the team in the open 400 at :57.83. She finished third in the CCIW in the 400 and seventh in the 200. Ufheil handled the third leg on the national qualifying 1600 relay.


Liz Driscoll (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, IL), Katie Lukowicz (Batavia HS, Batavia, IL) and Katie Morris (Brimfield HS, Brimfield, IL) were the co-winners of the Most Valuable Freshman honor. Driscoll was a distance runner while Lukowicz had the team’s best time in the 400 hurdles at 1:08.48 and Morris recorded the Vikings’ top long jump at 17’ 1 ¼”. Lukowicz finished fifth in the CCIW in the 400 hurdles and Morris was sixth in the long jump. The Erica Vortman Viking award went to Jeanna Dalton (Dixon HS, Dixon, IL), Sarah Kwasigroch (Carmel HS, Wauconda, IL) and Voiland. Captains for the 2005 season were Butcher, pole vaulter Tara Franck (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, IL) and Marciniec. The 2006 captains-elect will be Bremer, middle distance runner Karina Carson (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, IA), Dalton, hurdler Laura Kendall (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, IL) and Kwasigroch.



May 6-7, 2005 at Ericson Field/Alumni Track in Rock Island, Illinois


TEAM SCORES: 1. Carthage 189; 2. Wheaton 148; 3. North Central 141; 4. Augustana 116; 5. Illinois Wesleyan 111; 6. Elmhurst 48; 7. Millikin 38; 8. North Park 24.



100 – Muffy Israel, Carthage :12.11

200 – Muffy Israel, Carthage :24.96

400 – Gena Rawlins, Illinois Wesleyan :56.52

800 – Jessica Elsen, Wheaton 2:19.14

1500 – Jessica Elsen, Wheaton 4:44.20

5000 – Molly Morrison, North Central 18:35.54

10,000 – Molly Morrison, North Central 38:39.11

100 Hurdles – Sheana Grigsby, Carthage :14.38

400 Intermediate Hurdles – Sheana Grigsby, Carthage 1:03.73

3000 Steeplechase – Melinda Sprague, Illinois Wesleyan 11:31.91

400 Relay – Carthage :47.77 (CCIW record)

1600 Relay – Illinois Wesleyan 3:55.35

Shot – Jodi Stanton, Augustana 43’ 10 ½”

Discus – Kara Hoxworth, Wheaton 128’ 3”

Hammer – Desiree Butcher, Augustana 140’ 9” (CCIW record)

Javelin – Molli Hermiston, Elmhurst 132’ 3”

Long Jump – Lucia Abel, North Park 18’ 5 ¼”

High Jump – Jess Preglow, Carthage 5’ 3”

Triple Jump – Melissa Harden, Illinois Wesleyan 37’ 8”

Pole Vault – Meghan Voiland, Augustana 12’ 6 ¾” (CCIW record)

Heptathlon – Audrey Boothe, Wheaton 4,185



NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICAN: Meghan Voiland (8th place in pole vault)


MOST IMPROVED: Sara Bremer, Jacquelyn Olsen, Kristen Ufheil & Theresa Suwannapal

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN: Liz Driscoll, Katie Lukowicz & Katie Morris

ERIC VORTMAN VIKING AWARD: Jeanna Dalton, Sarah Kwasigroch, Meghan Voiland

2005 CAPTAINS: Desiree Butcher, Tara Franck & Erin Marciniec

2006 CAPTAINS-ELECT: Sara Bremer, Karina Carson, Jeanna Dalton, Laura Kendall & Sarah Kwasigroch

ESPN – THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL DISTRICT: (1st team) – Erin Marciniec…(2nd team) – Meghan Voiland

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: Meghan Voiland (pole vault)…Desiree Butcher (hammer)…Jodi Stanton (shot put)

CCIW RECORDS: Meghan Voiland – 12’ 6 ¾” in pole vault…Desiree Butcher – 140’ 9” in hammer.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL QUALIFIERS: 400 relay in :48.80 (Theresa Suwannapal, Bekki Cheatham, Jessica Corvo, Jacquelyn Olsen)…1600 relay in 3:54.68 (Sara Bremer, Jessica Corvo, Kristen Ufheil, Jacquelyn Olsen)…100 hurdles – Theresa Suwannapal in :14.39…pole vault – Meghan Voiland in 12’ 6 ¾”…shot put – Jodi Stanton in 43’ 10 ½”

SCHOOL RECORDS SET IN 2005: 3000 steeplechase – Erin Marciniec with time of 11:50.7 breaking old record of 11:54.7 by Jennifer Vortman in 2003…100 hurdles – Theresa Suwannapal with time of :14.39 breaking old record of :14.74 by Kim Wallace in 1994…shot put – Jodi Stanton with toss of 43’  10 ½” breaking her own record of 41’ 2” in 2003…pole vault – Meghan Voiland with vault of 12’ 6 ¾” breaking her own record of 12’ 0” in 2004.