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2012 Season - 2004 Women's Track Review, Indoor


Senior trio of Jennifer Paul, Manda Geerts and Kim Nelson share MVP honors for 2004 indoor season; Freshman Meghan Voiland earns All-American honors in pole vault

The Augustana Vikings put the finishing touches on another successful indoor track & field season with a third place finish in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship on February 28 at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Vikings of veteran head coach Fred Whiteside scored 97 points while host Carthage was tallying 167 in first place and Illinois Wesleyan took second with 141.

Freshman Meghan Voiland (Yorkville HS, Yorkville, IL), one of the standouts all season long, picked up All-American honors when she placed fifth in the NCAA Division III national meet in the pole vault. Voiland cleared 11’ 5 ¼” to claim fifth and that jump was nearly four inches shorter than her best of the year, which was 11’ 9” in the CCIW meet.

Augustana had a productive campaign as a team, winning the Monmouth Invitational and Leif Erickson Invitational, finishing second in the Pepsi Challenge and third in the Chicago Invitational along with the third place in the CCIW. A trio of senior brought shared the Most Valuable Performer award: distance runner Jennifer Paul (Davenport North HS, Davenport, IA), multiple event star Manda Geerts (Morrison HS, Morrison, IL) and sprinter Kim Nelson (Stark County HS, Lafayette, IL).

Paul was a double winner in the CCIW meet, taking the 800 in 2:22.40 and the 1500 in 4:47.54. For good measure she threw in an anchor leg on the distance medley relay team that placed second. Geerts, who was sixth in the conference in the long jump and ran on a fourth place 1600 relay along with Nelson, had the best individual performance for Augustana in a total of eight events over the winter season. Those events were: 55 (:07.50), 60 (:08.19), 200 hurdles (:30.23), 100 (:13.4), 200 (:27.09), 300 (:42.68), 400 (1:00.61) and long jump (17’ 2”). Nelson was sixth in the CCIW in the 400 and was one of the Vikings most consistent sprinter all season long.

At the CCIW meet sophomore Jodi Stanton (Stephen F. Austin HS, El Paso, TX) set a new conference record in winning the shot put with a toss of 41’ 7”.

2004 CCIW Championship ** February 28, 2004 ** Tarble Athletic & Recreation Center ** Kenosha, Wisconsin

TEAM SCORES: 1. Carthage 167; 2. Illinois Wesleyan 141; 3. AUGUSTANA 97; 4. North Central 84.5; 5. Wheaton 65; 6. North Park 52.5; 7. Millikin 34; 8. Elmhurst 17.

55 Muffy Israel Carthage :07.12
200 Gianina Taylor Illinois Wesleyan :25.46
400 Gianina Taylor Illinois Wesleyan :56.67
800 Jennifer Paul AUGUSTANA 2:22.40
1500 Jennifer Paul AUGUSTANA 4:47.54
5000 Grace Conrad North Park 17:53.87
55 Hurdles Sheana Grigsby Carthage :08.22
800 Relay  Carthage 1:44.48
1600 Relay  Illinois Wesleyan 3:58.61
3200 Relay  Wheaton 9:51.23
Distance Medley  Wheaton 12:38.03
High Jump Molly May Illinois Wesleyan 5’ 2 ¼”
Pole Vault Megan Rossi North Central 11’ 8”
Long Jump Lucia Abel North Park 17’ 11 ½”
Triple Jump Lucia Abel North Park 38’ 0 ¾”
Shot Put Jodi Stanton AUGUSTANA 41’ 7”
Weight Throw Tiffany Farrier  Carthage 45’ 4 ¼”

MOST VALUABLE PERFORMERS: Jennifer Paul, Manda Geerts & Kim Nelson
MOST IMPROVED: Jeanna Dalton
“ERICA VORTMAN” VIKING AWARD: Jodi Stanton, Jennifer Paul & Katie Tracey
NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICAN: Meghan Voiland, 5th in pole vault
CCIW CHAMPIONS: Jennifer Paul (800 & 1500) and Jodi Stanton (shot put)
CCIW RECORD: Jodi Stanton in shot put – 41’ 7”
SCHOOL RECORD 2000: 7:04.5 - Stephanie McHone breaks old record of 7:05.54 by Jennifer Smith (Paul) in 2003
SCHOOL RECORD SHOT PUT: 41’ 10 ¾” – Jodi Stanton breaks old record of 40’ 11 ½” by Becca Parker in 2002
SCHOOL RECORD POLE VAULT: 11’ 9” – Meghan Voiland breaks old record of 11’ 4 ½” by Kim Baier in 2001