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March 21, 2009

2009 Season - Marissa Banks wins three throwing events as Vikings dominate Early Spring Opener

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Marissa Banks (Ames HS, Ames, Iowa) opened the 2009 outdoor track & field season in fine fashion, winning three throwing events for Augustana at the Early Spring Opener on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on March 21 at Paul V. Olsen Track. In all, the Vikings won 13 of the 20 events and rolled to an easy victory in the team standings in the six team field. Augustana scored 341 points, nearly double the total (197) put up by runner-up St. Ambrose. Mount Mercy was third with 100, just ahead of Ashford’s fourth place figure of 99.5. William Penn was fifth with 59.5 and Wisconsin-Parkside took sixth with 18.

Banks owned the throwing events, winning the discus (130’4”), shot (42’ 8 ¾”) and hammer (145’ 8”). She was the lone Viking to win more than one individual events although Krista Dayton (Grinnell HS, Grinnell, Iowa) won one individual event and had a leg on two winning relays. Hannah Hottle (Monmouth-Roseville HS, Monmouth, Ill.), Lindsey Homfeldt (Ottawa Marquette HS, Ottawa, Ill.), Allison Schaley (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) and Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.) each won one solo event and one relay.

Dayton won the 400 in 1:01.72 and then teamed with Ainsley Fedler (Burlington HS, Burlington, Iowa), Coleman and Kai Frazier (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) to win the 400 relay in :49.64. She was on the winning 1600 relay, which ran 4:07.24 and that included Ella Mathieson (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.), Homfeldt and Schaley.

Hottle won the 1500 in 4:58.50 and teamed with Susan Thompson (Glenbard South HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Samantha Laskowski (Reavis HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.) and Brittany Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) to win the 3200 relay in 10:17.06. Homfeldt took first in the 100 hurdles in :15.79 as well as running on the 1600 relay. She added a fifth place finish in the 800 (2:39.74) to her day’s work. Coleman sprinted to victory in the 100 in :12.72 and ran on the 400 relay. Schaley won the 400 hurdles in 1:06.75 in addition to her work on the 1600 relay. She was also fourth in the 100 hurdles (:16.71).

Krystal Damiano (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) took first in the 3000 in 11:35.75 and Kelsey Duhai (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, Ill.) won the long jump with a leap of 16’ 6 ½”.

Frazier placed second in the 200 in :26.47 and Rachael Latham (Burlington Central HS, Elgin, Ill.) was second in the 800 with a time of 2:24.56. Paula Neiweem (Warren Township HS, Gurnee, Ill.) finished second in the hammer with a toss of 139’ 4” and third in the shot at 37’ 7 ¼”. Kristin Klouda (West Chicago HS, Winfield, Ill.) cleared 4’ 9 ½ for second in the high jump and was fifth in the pole vault at 8’ 11 ½”.

Fedler placed third in the 100 in :13.08 and Anita Maurer (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) was third in the 3000 in 12:06.15. Mathieson added a third place finish in the long jump (15’ 9”) to her leg on the winning 1600 relay. Maggie Furlong (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) took third in the discus with a toss of 107’ 3” and Caitlin Quinn (Metamora HS, Metamora, Ill.) was third in the pole vault with a clearance of 9’ 11 ¼”.

Sarah Johnson (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.) took fourth in the 1500 in 5:26.43. Prazak was fourth in the 800 in 2:37.99 and Samantha Pancamo (Wauconda HS, Wauconda, Ill.) placed fourth in the 3000 in 12:11.85. Libby Geison (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) was fourth in the pole vault with a clearance of 9’ 5 ¼”.

Laskowski ran 5:28.17 in the 1500 and got fifth place. Meaghan Reaney (Lincoln-Way Central HS, New Lenox, Ill.) took fifth in the 400 in 1:03.84. Brittney Bennett (Annawan HS, Annawan, Ill.) sprinted to fifth in the 200 with a time of :27.70. Kristin Sattizahn (Erie HS, Erie, Ill.) was fifth in the 3000in 12:14.88. Alicia Koepke (Lake Park HS, Roselle, Ill.) placed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 29’ 6 ½” and April Calderone (Sherrard HS, Matherville, Ill.) was fifth in the discus with a toss of 93’ 8”. Megan Timmerman (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) took fifth in the high jump (4’ 7 ½”).