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June 23, 2010

2009-2010 Season - 2010 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD REVIEW

Ella Mathieson was the team leader in both the long and triple jump events for the Vikings this past spring. She was also elected to be a team captain for the 2011 season.

A pair of juniors: hurdler Amy Walsh (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) and distance runner Hannah Hottle (Monmouth-Roseville HS, Monmouth, Ill.) shared the Most Valuable Performer honor for the 2010 Augustana women’s track & field team. The Vikings of veteran head coach Fred Whiteside ended the season ranked 28th in NCAA Division III in the final dual meet rankings.

Walsh and Hottle showed incredible versatility throughout the year as they led the team to a fifth place finish in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship and second place finishes in the Early Spring Opener and Viking Olympics. The Vikings were also fourth in the Fighting Scot Invitational, fourth in the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational and sixth in the Augustana Invitational.

Hottle set a new school record in the 3000 steeplechase when she ran 11:30.95 on May 1 at the Fighting Scot Invitational on May 1 in Monmouth, Illinois. She also met the qualifying time for the NCAA Division III national meet in the 800 when she clocked a time of 2:13.82 on May 14 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, Illinois. During the year she also had the fastest time in the 400 at :59.09. She was a regular on the 1600, 3200 and distance medley relay teams as well. She ran a leg on the school record 3200 relay team that turned in a time of 9:21.93 at the Drake Relays on April 24, breaking the old mark by nearly seven seconds. At the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin meet on May 8 in Wheaton, Illinois she was second in the 800 with a time of 2:16.43.

Walsh had the best time for the Vikings in the 100 hurdles and the 400 hurdles. She ran :15.65 at the CCIW meet in Wheaton on May 8 in the 100 hurdles and her best clocking in the 400 hurdles was 1:04.74 at the Augie Twilight Qualifier at home on May 21. She placed second in the CCIW in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:05.47 and was fifth in the 100 hurdles. She was also a regular on the 1600 relay team.

Joining Hottle on that school record 3200 relay team were Sarahbeth Jones (Warren HS, Wadsworth, Ill.), Annie Heifner (Oregon HS, Oregon, Wis.) and Samantha Laskowski (Reavis HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.).

Jones was named the Most Valuable Freshman. She ran the 800 and was sixth in the CCIW meet.

The Most Improved Performer award was shared by five athletes. Junior heptathlete Brittney Bennett (Annawan HS, Annawan, Ill.), sophomore distance runner Angela Pisani (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.), sophomore thrower Amber Gruber (Rolling Meadows HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.), junior distance runner Anita Maurer (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) and senior javelin thrower Brooke Sebek (Mother McAuley HS, Chicago, Ill.) were the winners.

The “Erica Vortman Viking” honor went to senior Valerie Bustle (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) and freshman Jennifer Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.). Bustle was a team captain this past season and she won the same award in the indoor campaign. She was also a winner of the “Erica Vortman Viking” award during both the indoor and outdoor seasons as a sophomore.

The team elected seven captains for the 2011 season and those are: Bennett, Hottle, Maurer, Ella Mathieson (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.), Brittany Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.), Meaghan Reaney (Lincoln-Way Central HS, New Lenox, Ill.) and Walsh.

The captains for 2010 were Bustle, Ainsley Fedler (Burlington HS, Burlington, Iowa), Samantha Laskowski (Reavis HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.) and Caitlin Quinn (Metamora HS, Metamora, Ill.).

Fedler was the top sprinter on the team this year, recording the best times in the 100 (:12.58) and 200 (:26.40). Hottle had the best time in the 400 (:59.09), 800 (2:13.82) and 3000 steeplechase (11:30.95). Walsh was tops in both hurdles events with a clocking of :15.65 in the 100 and 1:04.74 in the 400. Freshman Theresa Coverick (Stagg HS, Palos Park, Ill.) had the best time in the 5000 (18:45.72) and 10,000 (40:18.93).

In the field events, junior Ella Mathieson (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.) had the best mark in the long jump (17’ 1 ¼”) and triple jump (35’ 9 ¼”). Senior Caitlin Quinn (Metamora HS, Metamora, Ill.) put the finishing touches on a fine career as a pole vaulter by having the best clearance at 10’ 5 ½”. Senior Libby Geison (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) was also a consistent place winner in the pole vault and she was the winner of the Knut Erickson Award as the senior blanket award winner with the highest overall grade point average.

Whiteside finished his 23rd season at the helm of the Augustana women’s track & field fortunes. During that time frame he has guided the Vikings to 12 CCIW titles, including a stretch of nine in a row from 1992-93 through 2000-01.


May 7-8, 2010 @ Wheaton College – Wheaton, Illinois
TEAM SCORES: 1. Illinois Wesleyan 245;  2. North Central 214.5; 3. Carthage 113.5; 4. Wheaton 78; 5. AUGUSTANA 71; 6. Millikin 68; 7. Elmhurst 18; 8. North Park 8.

100 – Amanda LaRocca, Illinois Wesleyan :11.98; 200 – Amanda LaRocca, Illinois Wesleyan :25.23; 400 – Ali McCoy Illinois Wesleyan :56.83; 800 – Mackenzie Clemens, Illinois Wesleyan 2:16.40; 1500 – Mackenzie Clemens, Illinois Wesleyan 4:47.02; 5000 – Amanda Laesch, North Central 17:49.86;  10,000 – Amanda Laesch, North Central 37:13.87; 100 hurdles – Amanda LaRocca, Illinois Wesleyan :14.55; 400 hurdles – Bridgette Starwalt, Millikin 1:04.15; 3000 steeplechase – Sarah Beasley, Wheaton 11:29.49; 4x100 relay – Illinois Wesleyan :48.92; 4x400 Relay – North Central 3:57.40; High jump – Michelle Criscione, North Central 5’ 5”; Pole vault – Rachel Secrest, North Central 12’ 10 ¼”; Long Jump – Amanda LaRocca, Illinois Wesleyan 18’ 8 ½”; Triple Jump – Chinny Ekwulugo, Illinois Wesleyan 36’ 5 ½”; Shot Put – Mindy Harrington, Carthage 43’ 4 ½”; Discus – Brittany Sherron, Millikin 136’ 2”; Hammer – Ahvie Greene, Carthage 155’ 5”; Javelin – Kristine Zizis, North Central 119’ 9”; Heptathlon – Christine Nelson, Carthage 4,422.

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORDS: 3000 Steeplechase – Hannah Hottle, 11:30.95 on May 1 at Fighting Scot Invitational in Monmouth – breaks old record of Hottle’s (11:36.80) set in 2009…3200 Relay – 9:21.93 (Sarahbeth Jones, Hannah Hottle, Annie Heifner, Samantha Laskowski) set on April 24 at Drake Relays – breaks old record of 9:28.60 set in 1998 by Maegan Harris, Jennifer Walsh, Amy Knapp, Kristy Windy.
CCIW INDIVIDUAL PLACEWINNERS: 100 – Ainsley Fedler 6th (:12.58)…800 – Hannah Hottle 2nd (2:16.43) & Sarahbeth Jones 8th (2:22.66)…100 hurdles – Amy Walsh 5th (:15.65)…400 hurdles – Amy Walsh 2nd (1:05.47)…3000 steeplechase – Annie Heifner 4th (11:46.54)…400 relay 4th (Ainsley Fedler, Katie Bedene, Valerie Bach, Brittney Bennett) :50.43…1600 relay 3rd (Brittney Bennett, Amy Walsh, Sarahbeth Jones, Hannah Hottle) 4:00.75…High Jump – Megan Timmerman 4th (5’ 0 ¼”)…Pole Vault – Caitlin Quinn 3rd (10’ 4”) & Libby Geison 3rd (10’ 4”)…Long Jump – Ella Mathieson 5th (17’ 1 ¼”)…Triple Jump – Ella Mathieson 3rd (35’ 8 ¼”)…Hammer – Amber Gruber 4th (131’ 7”).
CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Sarah Blythe, Valerie Bustle, Krystal Damiano, Danielle Detelich, Ainsley Fedler, Libby Geison, Samantha Laskowski, Caitlin Quinn, Megan Timmerman, Kelsey Unseth, Hannah Hottle, Ella Mathieson, Katherine Rowland, Hannah Schneider, Amy Walsh, Melanie Battistoni, Morgan Gale, Sarah Johnson, Patricia Stoker, Theresa Coverick, Katherine Dinkel, Jennifer Garrett, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones, Emily Margosian.
CCIW ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Caitlin Quinn on March 19 at Early Spring Opener…Hannah Hottle on March 27 at Viking Olympics.

800 – Hannah Hottle, 2:13.82 on 05/14/10 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, Illinois.

MVP: Hannah Hottle & Amy Walsh; Most Valuable Freshman: Sarahbeth Jones; Most Improved: Brittney Bennett, Angela Pisani, Amber Gruber, Anita Maurer, Brooke Sebek. 2010 Team Captains: Valerie Bustle, Ainsley Fedler, Samantha Laskowski, Caitlin Quinn, Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award: Valerie Bustle & Jennifer Prazak. 2011 Captains-elect: Brittney Bennett, Hannah Hottle, Anita Maurer, Ella Mathieson, Brittany Prazak, Meghan Reaney, Amy Walsh.

Augustana Early Spring Opener, 03/19/10 in Rock Island, Illinois – 1500 – Hannah Hottle 4:51.21…800 – Sarahbeth Jones 2:22.70…400 hurdles – Amy Walsh 1:07.15…3000 – Tara Bistry 11:12.55…Pole Vault – Caitlin Quinn 10’0”…High Jump – Megan Timmerman 4’ 8 ¼”…3200 relay – 10:24.48 and 1600 relay 4:17.57.

Viking Olympics,03/26-27/10, Rock Island, Illinois - 400 hurdles – Amy Walsh 1:08.22…800 – Hannah Hottle 2:20.63.

Loras Easter Twilight, 04/05/10, Dubuque, Iowa – 100 – Ainsley Fedler :13.01…3000 Steeplechase – Katie Ries 12:38.03…400 Relay (Brittney Bennett, Katie Bedene, Valerie Bach, Ainsley Fedler) :51.34…1600 Relay (Amy Walsh, Annie Heifner, Sarahbeth Jones, Hannah Hottle) 4:07.95.

Midwest Twilight Qualifier, 05/21/10 in Rock Island, Illinois – 1500 - Angela Pisani 4:56.59…400 - Katie Dinkel 1:03.17…5000 – Tara Bistry 20:09.18…3000 Steeplechase – Annie Heifner…High Jump – Megan Timmerman 4’ 8 ¼”.

CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5th place, 71 points
INVITATIONALS: Early Spring Opener, 03/19/10 – 2nd of 3…Viking Olympics, 03/27/10 – 2nd of 9…Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, 04/09/10– 4th of 16…Fighting Scot Invitational, 05/01/10 – 4th of 11…Augustana Invitational, 04/17/10 – 6th of 10…Also competed in the Loras Easter Invitational on 04/05/10 in Dubuque, Iowa, Drake Relays on 04/23-24/10 in Des Moines, Iowa, Loras Open on 04/24/10 in Dubuque, Iowa, Dr. Keeler Invitational on 05/14/10 in Naperville, Illinois, Chicago Penultimate Qualifier on 05/15/10 in Chicago, Illinois and Augustana Twilight Qualifier on 05/21/10 at home – no team scores were kept in those meets.