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May 2, 2009

2009 Season - Banks named "Outstanding Field Performer" at CCIW meet

Junior Marissa Banks (Ames HS, Ames, Iowa) won two events in impressive fashion and was selected as the Most Outstanding Performer in field events at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship over the weekend of May 1-2. The CCIW meet was held at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Augustana, currently ranked 12th in NCAA Division III, placed fourth in the team standings.

Banks won the shot put by over a foot with a toss of 42’ 11”. Her next closest competitor recorded a best mark of 41’ 7 ¾”. In the discus Banks was even more dominant, winning by over six feet with her throw of 141’ 3”. Her victories both came on Saturday, May 2. A day earlier, she placed fifth in the hammer throw with a mark of 150’ 0”. She has completely dominated the shot and discus in the CCIW during her career. With her double victory she now owns a total of eight individual conference titles. She has won the shot and the disc in each of the last three CCIW outdoor meets and she has a pair of indoor shot put titles as well.

With Banks’ outstanding throwing performances leading the way, veteran head coach Fred Whiteside’s team finished fourth with 121 points. Illinois Wesleyan won the team title with 227 points while North Central was second with 149 and Wheaton took third with 135, just 14 points ahead of Augustana. Carthage (117), Millikin (33), Elmhurst (19) and North Park (16) rounded out the field.

Two other Vikings joined Banks on the victory stand. Senior Paula Neiweem (Warren Township HS, Gurnee, Ill.) won the hammer throw on Friday with a toss of 154’ 9” and sophomore Allison Schaley (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) took the 400 intermediate hurdles on Saturday with a time of 1:05.62. Neiweem was also seventh in the shot with a mark of 39’ 7 ¼” and Schaley placed seventh in the 110 high hurdles in :16.49.

Sophomore Hannah Hottle (Monmouth-Roseville HS, Monmouth, Ill.) finished second in the 800 with a time of 2:17.29 and was also fourth in the 1500 in 4:51.21. Senior Kelsey Duhai (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, Ill.) placed second in the long jump with a leap of 18’ 1” and took third in the triple jump with a mark of 36’ 4 ¾”.

Junior Ellen Adams (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) ran 18:17.51 in the 5000 and was third and the 400 relay team was also third with a time of :49.38. Senior Lindsey Homfeldt (Ottawa Marquette HS, Ottawa, Ill.) took fourth in the 110 high hurdles (:15.59) and sixth in the 400 intermediate hurdles (1:10.03). Junior Samantha Laskowski (Reavis HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.) finished fourth in the 800 in 2:18.89 and junior Jilian Rigert (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) took fourth in the 10,000 with a time of 38:30.43.

Senior Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.) was fifth in the 100 in :12.56 while teammate Kai Frazier (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) was sixth in the 100 (:12.62) and seventh in the 200 (:25.82). The 1600 relay team finished fifth in 4:02.20. Junior Caitlin Quinn (Metamora HS, Metamora, Ill.) cleared 10’ 10” in the pole vault to finish sixth.