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June 1, 2007

2009 Season - 2007 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD REVIEW

Meghan Voiland wins pole vault at NCAA Division III meet and places third in triple jump; Marissa Banks earns All-America honors in shot put and discus; Vikings finish ninth in nation; Five school records fall during the course of the season


Senior Meghan Voiland (Yorkville HS, Yorkville, Ill.) capped one of the most storied careers in Augustana athletic history with an individual national title at the NCAA Division III track & field championships, which were held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin over the weekend of May 24-26. Voiland won the pole vault with a leap of 12’ 10 ¼”, a new J.J. Keller Field record at Titan Stadium on the campus of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She finished her career with a perfect record of placing in national pole vault competitions, winning eight NCAA Division III All-America certificates in that event alone – four indoors and four outdoors. She was second four times before finally breaking through with her title. She also earned a ninth All-America certificate in her career with a third place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 39’ 8”.


Voiland was not the only Augustana athlete to gain All-America recognition at the national meet as freshman Marissa Banks (Ames HS, Ames, Iowa) placed third in the discus with a toss of 142’ 5” and sixth in the shot with a mark of 44’ 3 ¼”. The effort in the discus was particularly significant because it came on her last throw and she went into the finals with the ninth best throw in the nine-person final.


The Vikings placed ninth in the nation with 25 points and that came on the heels of a season that had them ranked eighth in the final NCAA Division III national dual meet poll. Five school records fell during the campaign which also saw Augustana take second in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship. Voiland established new school marks in the triple jump (39’ 8”) and pole vault (12’ 10 ¼”) and Banks took down records in both the shot (44’ 4 ¼”) and discus (144’ 7”). The other school record to fall was in the 400 relay where the team of Theresa Suwannapal (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.), Kali Minkler (Lincoln Way HS, New Lenox, Ill.), Ainsley Fedler (Burlington HS, Burlington, Iowa) and Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.) sped to a clocking of :47.89.


Augustana just missed winning its first CCIW title since a string of nine straight ended in 2001, finishing only 8.5 points out of first place at the conference meet, which was held at North Central on May 4-5. North Central won the team title with 207.5 points and the Vikings were second with 199. Voiland was named the “Field Athlete of the Meet” after she won the pole vault with a clearance of 12’ 8 ¼” and the triple jump with a leap of 38’ 5”. She was second in the long jump with a mark of 18’ 0 ¼” and second in the 100 hurdles in :14.92. Head coach Fred Whiteside and his assistants were named “Coaching Staff of the Year”.


Banks was a double winner in the shot and discus, tossing the shot 44’ 2 ¾” and taking the discus with a heave of 134’ 9”. Suwannapal won the 100 hurdles in :14.42 and handled the leadoff leg on the winning 400 relay that went :48.16. Joining her on that relay were Minkler, Fedler and Coleman. Lindsey Homfeldt (Ottawa Marquette HS, Ottawa, Ill.) won the 400 hurdles in 1:06.37.


As a team the Vikings won the Early Spring Opener and the Viking Olympics, finished second in the Augustana Invitational and placed third in the Lee Calhoun Invitational. Six athletes qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet, competing in a total of nine events.


Voiland was named the team’s Most Valuable Performer and she was also named as a winner of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Banks, Fedler and Samantha Laskowski (Reavis HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.) shared the Most Valuable Freshman honors. Sophomore jumper/sprinter Krista Dayton (Grinnell HS, Grinnell, Iowa), junior distance runner Liz Driscoll (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.), sophomore sprinter/jumper Kelsey Duhai (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, Ill.), Minkler and sophomore thrower Paula Neiweem (Warren Township HS, Gurnee, Ill.) shared the Most Improved Performer award. Senior sprinter Jacquelyn Olsen (Richmond Burton HS, Spring Grove, Ill.), sophomore distance runner Susan Thompson (Glenbard South HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and junior sprinter/jumper Laura Wittland (Quincy Notre Dame HS, Quincy, Ill.) were each awarded the Erica Vortman “Viking Spirit Award”. The captains-elect for 2008 will be Driscoll, distance runner Melissa Engel (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.), sprinter/jumper Katie Morris (Brimfield HS, Brimfield, Ill.) and thrower Johanna Voorhees (R.O.W.V.A. HS, Oneida, Ill.). The team captains for the past year were Minkler, Olsen, Voiland and distance runner Jenna McAdam (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.).




May 4-5 @ North Central College in Naperville, Illinois

TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 207.5; 2. AUGUSTANA 199; 3. Wheaton 128; 4. Illinois Wesleyan 123.5; 5. Carthage 91.5; 6. Millikin 41; 7. Elmhurst 14.5; 8. North Park 7



100 – KELI COLEMAN, AUGUSTANA :12.17; 200 – Rachel Anderson, Illinois Wesleyan :24.90; 400 – Rachel Anderson, Illinois Wesleyan :55.42; 800 – Amber Druien, North Central 2:12.4; 1500 – Amber Druien, North Central 4:37.69; 5000 – Jessica Griffin, North Central 18:03.88; 10,000 – Amanda Laesch, North Central 38:23.48; 100 Hurdles – THERESA SUWANNAPAL, AUGUSTANA :14.42; 400 Hurdles – LINDSEY HOMFELDT, AUGUSTANA 1:06.37; 3000 Steeplechase – Jessica Griffin, North Central 11:03.90; 400 Relay – AUGUSTANA (THERESA SUWANNAPAL, KALI MINKLER, AINSLEY FEDLER, KELI COLEMAN) :48.16; 1600 Relay – Illinois Wesleyan 3:55.34; High Jump – Kapricia Poulos, Millikin 5’ 5”; Pole Vault – MEGHAN VOILAND, AUGUSTANA 12’ 8 ¼”; Long Jump – Kapricia Poulos, Millikin 18’ 3 ¾”; Triple Jump – MEGHAN VOILAND, AUGUSTANA 38’ 5”; Shot Put – MARISSA BANKS, AUGUSTANA 44’ 2 ¾”; Discus – MARISSA BANKS, AUGUSTANA 134’ 9”

Hammer Throw – Stephanie Solari, Wheaton 137’ 6”; Javelin – Brandi McNeil, Wheaton 162’ 0”; Heptathlon – Molly Walton, Wheaton 4,354



NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA: Pole Vault – Meghan Voiland, national champion with clearance of 12’ 10 ¼”; Triple Jump – Meghan Voiland, placed third with jump of 39’ 8”; Discus – Marissa Banks, finished third with a toss of 142’ 5”; Shot – Marissa Banks, finished sixth with mark of 44’ 3 ¼”.

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: Discus – Marissa Banks, 144’ 7” – breaking old mark of 144’ 5” by Kristin Pittman in 1996

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: Shot Put – Marissa Banks, 44’ 4 ¼” – breaking old mark of 43’ 10 ½” by Jodi Stanton in 2005

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: Pole Vault – Meghan Voiland, 12’ 10 ¼” – breaking old mark of 12’ 9 ½” by Voiland in 2006

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: Triple Jump – Meghan Voiland, 39’ 8” – breaking old mark of 38’ 6 ¾” by Tammie Beasley in 2001

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORD: 400 Relay (Theresa Suwannapal, Kali Minkler, Ainsley Fedler, Keli Coleman), :47.89 – breaking old mark of :48.00 set by team of Suwannapal, Jacquelyn Olsen, Jessica Corvo and Coleman in 2006.

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: Pole Vault – Meghan Voiland, 12’ 8 ¼”

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: Triple Jump – Meghan Voiland, 38’ 5”

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: Shot Put – Marissa Banks, 44’ 2 ¾”

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: Discus – Marissa Banks, 134’ 9”

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: 100 Hurdles – Theresa Suwannapal, :14.42

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: 400 Hurdles – Lindsey Homfeldt, 1:06.37

CCIW RELAY CHAMPION: 400 Relay (Theresa Suwannapal, Kali Minkler, Ainsely Fedler, Keli Coleman) :48.16


CCIW COACHING STAFF OF THE YEAR: Fred Whiteside and the Augustana staff


CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Ellen Adams, Angela Baumgartner, Jessica Belle, Erin Blecha, Sarah Blyth, Valerie Bustle, Keli Coleman, Krista Dayton, Kelsey Duhai, Melissa Engel, Alexes Faulkner, Ainsley Fedler, Karlene Fox, Libby Geison, Laura Hineman, Lindsey Homfeldt, Samantha Laskowski, Katie Lukowicz, Laura Luloff, Allison Minehan, Kali Minkler, Katie Morris, Paula Neiweem, Caitlin Quinn, Jillian Rigert, Nikki Rohner, Theresa Suwannapal, Susan Thompson, Meghan Voiland, Laura Wittland



100 – Keli Coleman…:12.17 on 05/05/07 @ CCIW; 100 Hurdles – Theresa Suwannapal…:14.42 on 05/05/07 @ CCIW; 100 Hurdles – Meghan Voiland…:14.75 on 04/20/07 @ Augustana Invitational; Shot Put – Marissa Banks…44’ 4 ½” on 05/11/07 @ Augustana Open; Discus – Marissa Banks…144’ 7” on 05/18/07 @ Augustana Twilight; Pole Vault – Meghan Voiland…12’ 8 ¼” on 05/04/07 @ CCIW; Pole Vault – Kali Minkler…11’ 11 ¾” on 04/15/07 @ Western Illinois Invitational; Triple Jump – Meghan Voiland…39’ 2 ½” on 05/11/07 @ Augustana Open; 400 Relay – Theresa Suwannapal, Kali Minkler, Ainsley Fedler, Keli Coleman…:47.89 on 05/18/07 @ Augustana Twilight


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

1500 – Liz Driscoll…4:38.78 on 05/18/07 @ Augustana Twilight



MVP: Meghan Voiland

MVP FRESHMAN: Marissa Banks, Ainsley Fedler, Samantha Laskowski

MOST IMPROVED: Krista Dayton, Liz Driscoll, Kesley Duhai, Kali Minkler, Paula Neiweem

ERICA VORTMAN SPIRIT AWARD: Jacquelyn Olsen, Susan Thompson, Laura Wittland

2007 CAPTAINS: Jenna McAdam, Kali Minkler, Jacquelyn Olsen & Meghan Voiland

2008 CAPTAINS-ELECT: Liz Driscoll, Melissa Engel, Katie Morris, Johanna Voorhees



Early Spring Opener on 03/24/07 in Rock Island: 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.69…200 – Keli Coleman, :25.94…100 Hurdles – Theresa Suwannapal, :15.03…400 Hurdles – Lindsey Homfeldt, 1:06.18…800 – Nikki Rohner, 2:35.33…Pole Vault – Meghan Voiland, 11’ 5 ¾”…High Jump – Erin Blecha, 5’ 1”…Heptathlon – Samantha Laskowski, 2,780 points…1600 Relay – Jacquelyn Olsen, Katie Lukowicz, Lindsey Homfeldt, Susan Thompson, 4:13.29…3200 Relay – Jenna McAdam, Ellen Adams, Jillian Rigert, Samantha Pancamo, 10:53.0

Viking Olympics on 03/31/07 in Rock Island: 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.29…Triple Jump – Meghan Voiland, 38’ 0”…Javelin – Alexes Faulkner, 108’ 9”…400 Relay – Jacquelyn Olsen, Theresa Suwannapal, Keli Coleman, Lindsey Homfeldt, :48.59…Shuttle Hurdle Relay – Theresa Suwannapal, Meghan Voiland, Lindsey Homfeldt, Allison Minehan, 1:03.26…Sprint Medley Relay – Kali Minkler, Jacquelyn Olsen, Keli Coleman, Krista Dayton, 1:51.90.

Lee Calhoun Invitational on 04/15/07 in Macomb, Illinois: Pole Vault – Meghan Voiland, 12’ 5 ½”

Augustana Invitational on 04/20/07 in Rock Island: 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.23…400 Relay – Theresa Suwannapal, Kali Minkler, Ainsley Fedler, Keli Coleman, :48.14…100 Hurdles – Theresa Suwannapal, :14.58…Pole Vault – Meghan Voiland, 11’ 9 ¾”…Long Jump – Katie Morris, 17’ 3 ½”…High Jump – Erin Blecha, 5’ 3 ¾”

Prairie Fire Relays on 04/28/07 in Galesburg, Illinois: Long Jump – Kelsey Duhai, 16’ 9 ½”…Triple Jump – Kelsey Duhai, 36’ 4 ¼”…Shot Put – Marissa Banks, 41’ 10”…Discus – Marissa Banks, 130’ 2”…100 – Ainsley Fedler, :13.09…5000 – Kelsey Unseth, 22:16.10…3000 Steeplechase – Jessica Belle, 13:37.80…400 Relay – Kelsey Feiza, Ainsley Fedler, Kelsey Duhai, Katie Morris, :51.80…Sprint Medley Relay – Laura Wittland, Liz Burchfield, Susan Thompson, Laura Luloff, 4:39.50…800 Relay – Ainsley Fedler, Kelsey Feiza, Laura Wittland, Liz Burchfield, 1:53.51…1600 Relay – Susan Thompson, Laura Luloff, Alexes Faulkner, Liz Burchfield, 4:31.14.

Augustana Open on 05/11/07 in Rock Island: Triple Jump – Meghan Voiland, 39’ 2 ½”…400 Relay – Theresa Suwannapal, Kali Minkler, Ainsley Fedler, Keli Coleman, :48.71…100 Hurdles – Theresa Suwannapal, :14.93…100 – Keli Coleman, :12.29…Javelin – Alexes Faulkner, 117’ 6”…High Jump – Erin Blecha, 5’ 3 ¾”…400 Hurdles – Lindsey Homfeldt, 1:06.43…1500 – Liz Driscoll, 4:42.50…3000 Steeplechase – Jenna McAdam, 12:16.50.

Augustana Twilight on 05/18/07 in Rock Island: 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.27…100 Hurdles – Theresa Suwannapal, :14.54…5000 – Katharine Hess, 24:21.6.





TEAM CHAMPIONS: Early Spring Opener on 03/24…Viking Olympics on 03/31.

CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: Second place with 199 points.