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June 1, 2006

2009 Season - 2006 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD REVIEW

Meghan Voiland wins NCAA Division III All-America recognition for sixth time in career with second place finish in pole vault; Eight school records fall during season; Vikings place second in CCIW; Voiland and Theresa Suwannapal share MVP honors


Augustana junior Meghan Voiland (Yorkville HS, Yorkville, Ill.) continued her perfect streak in national competition with a second place finish in the NCAA Division III pole vault. Voiland has competed in six national meets, three indoor and three outdoors, and she has come away with six All-America certificates. Three times she has been second in her specialty, the pole vault.


The national meet was held May 25-27 at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Voiland cleared 12’ 6 ¼” to place second, clearing the same height as the winner, Ashley Johnson of Wilmington. Johnson was declared the victor based on fewer misses. Voiland struggled with her opening height of 11’ 10”, needing all three attempts before clearing it. She went over 12’ 4 ¼” on her second attempt and 12’ 6 ¼” on her second attempt. Johnson had three misses during the competition.


Voiland was the lone Augustana All-American during the meet and the eight points she scored gave the Vikings a tie for 36th place in the team standings.


Freshman Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.) was ninth in the 100 with a time of :12.20 in the final. She ran :12.23 in the preliminary round to qualify for the final.


The 400 relay of Theresa Suwannapal (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.), Jacquelyn Olsen (Richmond Burton HS, Spring Grove, Ill.), Jessica Corvo (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) and Coleman ran its fastest time of the year with a :48.00 clocking. That was not good enough to make it out of the trials and the Vikings placed 10th in the event. It was a new school record, however, breaking the old mark of :48.01 set earlier this year.


Suwannapal just missed qualifying for the finals in the 100 hurdles, running :14.66 and recording the 10th fastest time in the meet. It took :14.63 to make it to the final. She also competed in the 200 and ran :25.32 but that was not good enough to make it to the final.


Suwannapal and Voiland, shared the Most Valuable Performer award for the 2006 Augustana women’s track & field team.  Suwannapal, was the Vikings MVP a year ago and she once again had a tremendous year. Voiland earned her sixth NCAA Division III All-American certificate in the pole vault during the recently completed outdoor season.


Suwannapal recorded the best times on the team in the 200 (:25.05) and 100 hurdles (:14.30). She qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet in both events. She established new school records in both events, breaking Kristi Boesen’s 1999 mark of :25.14 in the 200 and her own record of :14.39 from 2005 in the 100 hurdles. During the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championships she was third in the 100, second in the 200 and second in the 100 hurdles. For good measure she ran a leg on the 400 relay that qualified for the national meet and established a new school record of :48.00.


Voiland placed second in the nation in the pole vault, the sixth time in her career (three indoors and three outdoors) that she has earned All-American status. She has finished second in the national meet three times. She set a new school record of 12’ 9 ½” in the pole vault,  a height she cleared twice this year. In the CCIW meet she won the pole vault with a new conference record and she placed third in the triple jump, fifth in the long jump and fifth in the 100 hurdles.


Coleman was the Most Valuable Freshman. Coleman placed ninth in the NCAA Division III 100 meter final and she established a new Augustana school record this year with a time of :12.10 on April 21 at the Augustana Invitational. She also ran the anchor leg on the 400 relay that set a new school record with a time of :48.00 and competed in the national meet, placing 10th. Coleman won the 100 in the CCIW meet and also handled the anchor leg of the winning 400 relay team. She added a fourth place finish in the 200 to her point total at the conference meet.


The Most Improved Performer award was shared by Liz Driscoll (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.), Jenna McAdam (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), Bekki Cheatham (Argenta HS, Decatur, Ill.), Laura Wittland (Quincy Notre Dame HS, Quincy, Ill.) and Melissa Engel (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.).


Senior Sara Bremer (Parkway South HS, Manchester, Missouri) won the Erica Vortman Viking Award for spirit and determination.


The captains-elect for 2007 are McAdam, Kali Minkler (Lincoln Way HS, New Lenox, Ill.), Jacquelyn Olsen (Richmond Burton HS, Spring Grove, Ill.), Kristen Ufheil (Annawan HS, Annawan, Ill.) and Voiland.


Augustana, under the direction of veteran head coach Fred Whiteside, won three invitationals during the course of the season. The Vikings took the Early Spring Opener on March 18 with 281.5 points, scored 156 points in winning the Washington Select meet on April 8 and 140 points in capturing the Norse Relays on April 17. They also took second in the Viking Olympics on April 1 and the Augustana Invitational on April 21. At the CCIW meet, which was held in Decatur, Illinois over the weekend of May 5-6, Augustana placed second. Wheaton won the meet with 179 points while Whiteside’s crew scored 143.5 points in second. Coleman won the 100, Voiland took the pole vault for the third straight year and the 400 relay of Suwannapal, Olsen, Corvo and Coleman won as well.


During the course of the season eight school records fell with Suwannapal having a hand in five of them. She ran :25.05 in the 200 to erase Kristi Boesen’s 1999 mark of :25.14 and her :14.30 performance in the 100 hurdles replaced her own record of :14.39 set in 2005. She teamed with Olsen, Corvo and Coleman to run :48.00 in the 400 relay and take down the previous best of :48.65 by Kim Baier, Kathy Schmitt, Darci Hudders and Boesen in 1999. She led off the 800 relay that had Coleman, Kali Minkler (Lincoln Way HS, New Lenox, Ill.) and Corvo. That unit recorded a time of 1:43.79 and broke the 1999 record of 1:44.14 by Baier, Schmitt, Boesen and Chrissy Hammer. She also led off the shuttle hurdle relay that went 1:02.41. Joining her were Voiland, Lindsey Homfeldt (Ottawa Marquette HS, Ottawa, Ill.) and Laura Kendall (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and that team broke the old mark of 1:03.38 set by Suwannapal, Kendall, Trina Kainz and Voiland in 2004. Voiland’s clearance of 12’ 9 ½” in the pole vault bettered her own mark of 12’ 6 ¾” in 2005. Coleman’s :12.10 in the 100 put her on the books in place of Maria Phillip’s :12.16 in 1993 and Jenna McAdam (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) ran 11:48.71 in the 3000 steeplechase to break the previous record of 11:50.7 set by Erin Marciniec in 2005.



May 5-6, 2006 *** Frank Lindsay Field *** Decatur, Illinois


TEAM SCORES: 1. Wheaton 179; 2. AUGUSTANA 143.5; 3. Carthage 141.5; 4. North Central 135; 5. Illinois Wesleyan 109; 6. Millikin 46; 7. Elmhurst 41; 8. North Park 23




200 – Rachel Anderson, Illinois Wesleyan :24.89

400 – Rachel Anderson, Illinois Wesleyan :55.25

800 – Amber Druien, North Central 2:15.75

1500 – Amber Druien, North Central 4:37.81

3000 Steeplechase – Melinda Sprague, Illinois Wesleyan 11:08.21

5000 – Shannon McInnis, North Park 18:05.61

10,000 – Shannon McInnis, North Park 37:24.87

100 Hurdles – Sheana Grigsby, Carthage :14.07

400 Hurdles – Sheana Grigsby, Carthage 1:04.27


1600 Relay – Wheaton (Laura Koontz, Hannah Page, Spring Meissner, Michelle Cameron) 3:53.57


Long Jump – Sheana Grigsby, Carthage 18’ 5 ¾”

Triple Jump – Angie Hawk, Millikin 38’ 9”

Shot Put – Kara Hoxworth, Wheaton 44’ 4 ¼”

Discus – Kara Hoxworth, Wheaton 137’ 5”

Hammer – Charlsie Rueden, Carthage 139’ 0”

Javelin – Brandi McNeil, Wheaton 146’ 5”

Heptathlon – Audrey Boothe, Wheaton 4,558






NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA: Pole Vault – Meghan Voiland, 2nd at 12’ 6 ¼”

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.10 – breaking old mark of :12.16 by Maria Philip in 1993

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: 200 – Theresa Suwannapal, :25.05 – breaking old mark of :25.14 by Kristi Boesen in 1999

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: 3000 steeplechase – Jenna McAdam, :11:48.71 – breaking old mark of 11:50.7 by Erin Marciniec in 2005

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: 100 hurdles – Theresa Suwannapal, :14.30 – breaking old mark of :14.39 by Suwannapal in 2005

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: Pole vault – Meghan Voiland, 12’ 9 ½” – breaking old mark of 12’ 6 ¾” by Voiland in 2005

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: 400 relay – (Theresa Suwannapal, Jacquelyn Olsen, Jessica Corvo, Keli Coleman) :48.00 – breaking old mark of :48.65 (Kim Baier, Kathy Schmitt, Darcy Hudders, Kristi Boesen) in 1999

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: 800 relay (Theresa Suwannapal, Keli Coleman, Kali Minkler, Jessica Corvo) 1:43.79 – breaking old mark of 1:44.14 (Kim Baier, Kathy Schmitt, Kristi Boesen, Chrissy Hammer) in 1999

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: Hurdle shuttle relay (Theresa Suwannapal, Meghan Voiland, Lindsey Homfeldt, Laura Kendall) 1:02.41 – breaking old mark of 1:03.38 (Theresa Suwannapal, Laura Kendall, Trina Kainz, Meghan Voiland) in 2004

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.21

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: Pole vault – Meghan Voiland, 12’ 9 ½” (third straight title – 2004-05-06)

CCIW RELAY CHAMPION: 400 Relay (Theresa Suwannapal, Jacquelyn Olsen, Jessica Corvo, Keli Coleman) - :48.12



100 – Keli Coleman…:12.10 on 04/21/06 @ Viking Olympics

200 – Theresa Suwannapal…:25.05 on 05/05/06 @ CCIW

100 Hurdles – Theresa Suwannapal…:14.30 on 05/19/06 @ Midwest Championships

Pole Vault – Meghan Voiland…12’ 9 ½” on 05/05/06 @ CCIW and 05/11/06 @ Dr. Keeler Invitational

400 Relay – Theresa Suwannapal, Jacquelyn Olsen, Jessica Corvo, Keli Coleman…:48.01 on 05/19/06 @ Midwest Championships


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

100 – Theresa Suwannapal…:12.28 on 05/05/06 @ CCIW

200 – Keli Coleman…:25.33 on 05/05/06 @ CCIW

100 Hurdles – Lindsey Homfeldt…:14.89 on 04/21/06 @ Augustana Invitational

Pole Vault – Kali Minkler…11’ 1 ¾” on 04/17/06 @ Norse Relays

Triple Jump – Meghan Voiland…37’ 8 ½” on 05/05/06 @ CCIW

Triple Jump – Suzanne Udehn…37’ 1 ¼” on 04/08/06 @ Washington Invitational

1600 Relay – Sara Bremer, Jacquelyn Olsen, Lindsey Homfeldt, Jessica Corvo…3:54.34 on 05/05/06 @ CCIW



MVP: Theresa Suwannapal & Meghan Voiland

MVP FRESHMAN: Keli Coleman

MOST IMPROVED: Liz Driscoll, Jenna McAdam, Bekki Cheatham, Laura Wittland & Melissa Engel


2006 CAPTAINS-ELECT: Jenna McAdam, Kali Minkler, Jacquelyn Olsen, Kristen Ufheil & Meghan Voiland