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2012 Season - 2009 Women's Track Review, Outdoor




Augustana women end season ranked 12th in the NCAA Division III poll; Marissa Banks receives All-American honors in the discus


Junior Marissa Banks (Ames HS, Ames, Iowa) won two events to help the women's track & field team finish fourth at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin outdoor meet on May 1-2 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Banks was joined in the winner’s circle by Allison Schaley (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) who took first in the 400 hurdles and Paula Neiweem (Warren Township HS, Gurnee, Ill.) who won the hammer throw. Banks was the lone competitor for the women’s team at the NCAA Division III national meet.  Banks brought home All-American honors in the discus by virtue of her third place finish. Coach Fred Whiteside's Vikings ended up in 41st as a team at nationals and also finished the season ranked 12th in the nation in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association power rankings.


The season got off to a great start as Augustana won its own Early Spring Opener on March 21. The Vikings won 13 events, including the hammer, discus, and shot put by Banks. Caitlin Quinn (Metamora HS, Metamora, Ill.) and Kelsey Duhai (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, Ill.) each picked up two of Augustana's eighteen wins the following week as the team took the championship at the Viking Olympics.

Whiteside's charges had another strong showing at the Central Invitational on April 4, finishing fourth in a 17-team field and behind only Division II Minnesota-Duluth, Division I schools Northern Iowa, and Drake. Individually, Banks took first in the discus with a throw of 150’ 2”. The following week, the team headed to Macomb, Illinois to compete in Western Illinois' Lee Calhoun Memorial.  Augustana, the sole Division III school, ended with a third place finish behind Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University, both of which are Division I teams. Banks broke the school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 151’ 5” breaking her previous record of 150’ 7” set in 2008. Banks also took second in the shot put and third in discus. The Vikings came out on top in the 3200 relay and the shuttle hurdle relay. The 3200 relay included, Rachel Latham (Burlington Central HS, Elgin, Ill.), Sam Laskowski (Reavis HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.), Allison Schaley, and Hannah Hottle (Monmouth-Roseville HS, Monmouth, Ill.) with a time of 9:48.67. The shuttle hurdle relay composed of Lindsey Homfeldt (Ottawa Marquette HS, Ottawa, Ill.), Schaley, Brittany Bennett (Annawan HS, Annawan, Ill.), and Valerie Bustle (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill) won with a time of 1:14.78.


On April 17, the Vikings came out on top of a seven-team field at the Augustana Invitational. Augustana finished with 222.5 points, 38 points ahead of second place Monmouth College.


At the Drake Relays on April 24-25, Augustana had three top ten finishes. The 4x200 team of Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.), Kai Frazier (United Township HS, Moline, Ill.), Ainsley Fedler (Burlington HS, Burlington, Iowa), and Bennett took sixth place with 1.46.56. The sprint medley squad of Homfeldt, Dayton, Hottle and Fedler finished seventh with 4.11.24. The 4x800 team of Krystal Damiano (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.), Laskowski, Meaghan Reaney (Lincoln-Way Central, New Lenox, Ill.) and Latham placed tenth with a finish of 9:32.06.  Meanwhile, Viking teammates Duhai and Schaley were first place finishers at Loras.  Duhai took both the long jump and the triple jump, Schaley in the 400 hurdles.


Carthage College was the host of the CCIW Championships on May 1-2. The Vikings ended with a fourth place finish as they compiled a total of 121 points, behind Illinois Wesleyan (227), North Central (149), and Wheaton (135). Individual champions included Banks in the shot, where she took first place by over a foot with a throw of 42’ 11” and in the discus where she won by over six feet with her throw of 141’ 3”. Schaley, who remained consistent through the season with four other first place finishes, added another first place finish in the 400 hurdles with her time of 1:05.62, and senior Paula Neiweem in the hammer throw with a throw of 154’ 9”.


The Viking athletes finished their regular season with two twilight meets. On May 9 the Vikings headed to Northern Illinois University to their new track facility for the first track meet the Huskies have hosted since 1982. Augustana won three individual events, Quinn in the pole vault, Reaney in the 800 and Schaley in the 400 hurdles. At the Augustana Twilight meet on May 15 the 400 relay team, Fedler, Frazier, Dayton, and Coleman qualified for the national meet provisionally.  Hottle won the 3000 meter steeplechase in a time of 11:36.80, breaking her own school record of 11:46.14 set in 2008.


Banks competed in the shot put and discus at the NCAA Division III national meet. She was named an All-American with her discus throw of 151’ 0” that earned her third place and her fifth All-American award. She won two as a freshman in 2007 and 1 indoor award and 1 outdoor award as a sophomore. The Vikings finished 41st as a team.


Duhai and Banks were chosen as the team’s 2009 Most Valuable Performer. Latham and Sarah Johnson (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.) were named the Most Valuable Freshman, while four athletes, Schaley, Quinn, Hannah Schneider (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.), and Jillian Rigert (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) shared Most Improved. 2009 captains were Coleman, Duhai, Neiweem, Homfeldt, Karlene Fox (DeKalb HS, DeKalb, Ill.) who competed in the steeplechase and sprinter Susan Thompson (Glenbard South HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.). The Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award went Thompson.







May 1-2, 2009 @ Carthage College – Kenosha, Wisconsin

TEAM SCORES: 1. Illinois Wesleyan 227; 2. North Central College 149; 3. Wheaton College 135; 4. AUGUSTANA 121;   5. Carthage College 117; 6. Millikin University 33; 7. Elmhurst College 19; 8. North Park 16



100 – Amanda LaRocca, Illinois Wesleyan :12.12; 200 – Amanda LaRocca, Illinois Wesleyan :24.94; 400 – Ali McCoy Illinois Wesleyan :56.24; 800 – Mackenzie Clemens, Illinois Wesleyan :2:15.70; 1500 - Kerry Devitt, Illinois Wesleyan: 4:44.28; 5000 – Katlyn Bednarski, Elmhurst 18:06.17; 10,000 – Lisa Baumert, Wheaton College 37:53:06; 100 hurdles – Heather Gilmore, Carthage College 14:45 ; 400 hurdles – Allison Schaley, AUGUSTANA 1:05.62; 3000 steeplechase – Jennifer Parisi, Wheaton College 11:25.70; 4x100 relay – Illinois Wesleyan :48.24; 4x400 relay – North Central 3:58.39; High jump – Michelle Criscione, North Central 5’ 5 ¼”; Pole vault – Rachel Secrest, North Central 12’9 1/2”; Long jump – Lauren Alpert, Illinois Wesleyan 18’ 3’; Triple jump – Chinny Ekwulugo, Illinois Wesleyan 39’ 1.2”; Shot put – Marissa Banks, AUGUSTANA 42’11”; Discus – Marissa Banks, AUGUSTANA 141’ 3”; Hammer throw – Paula Neiweem, AUGUSTANA 154’ 9”; Javelin – Brandi McNeil, Wheaton 138’11”; Heptathlon – Christine Nelson, Carthage 3,958.



NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA: Discus – Marissa Banks, 3rd place 154’ 10”.

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORDS: Hammer Throw – Marissa Banks, 151’ 5”…breaks her old mark set in 2008 of 150’ 7”; 3000 Steeple Chase – Hannah Hottle, 11:36.80…breaks her old record set in 2008 of 11:46.14.

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: Shot Put – Marissa Banks, 42’ 11”; Discus – Marissa Banks, 141’ 3”; Hammer Throw – Paula Neiweem, 154, 9”; 400 Hurdles – Allison Schaley, 1:05.62.


USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Keli Coleman, Kelsey Duhai, Paula Neiweem & Ainsley Fedler



Discus – Marissa Banks, 150’ 2” on 04/04/09 at the Central of Iowa Invitational; Shot Put – Marissa Banks, 43’ 5” on 04/17/09 at the Augustana Invitational.


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

4x100 Relay – Ainsley Fedler, Kai Frazier, Krista Dayton, Keli Coleman, :48.33, Twilight Meet on 05/15/09; Long Jump – Kelsey Duhai, 18’ 1 ¾”, Hammer Throw – Paula Neiweem, 154’ 9”.



MVP: Kelsey Duhai & Marissa Banks; Most Valuable Freshman: Rachel Latham & Sarah Johnson; Most Improved: Hannah Schneider, Caitlin Quinn, Jillian Rigert, Allison Schaley; 2008 Team Captains: Keli Coleman, Kelsey Duhai, Karlene Fox, Lindsey Homfeldt, Paula Neiweem, and Susan Thompson; Erica Vortman Viking Spirit Award: Susan Thompson.



Augustana Early Spring Opener, 03/21/09, Rock Island, Ill.: Discus – Marissa Banks, 130’4”; Shot put – Marissa Banks, 42’ 8 ¾”; Hammer – Marissa Banks, 145’ 8”; 400 – Krista Dayton, 1:01.72; 4x100 Relay – Krista Dayton, Ainsley Fedler, Keli Coleman, and Kai Frazier; 4x400 – Krista Dayton, Ella Mathieson, Lindsey Homfeldt, and Allison Schaley; 1500 – Hannah Hottle, 4:58.50; 4x3200 – Hannah Hottle, Susan Thompson, Samantha Laskowski, and Brittany Prazak; 100 Hurdles – Lindsey Homfeldt, :15.79; 100 – Keli Coleman, :12.72; 400 Hurdles – Allison Schaley, 1:06.75; 3000 – Krystal Damiano, 11:35.75; Long Jump – Kelsey Duhai, 16’ 16 ½”


Viking Olympics, 03/30/08, Rock Island, Ill.: Discus – Marissa Banks, 145’10”; 4x100 Relay – Kai Frazier, Ella Mathieson, Ainsley Fedler, Kelsey Duhai, :51.41; 4x200 Relay, Kai Frazier, Ainsley Fedler, Brittany Bennet, Ella Mathieson, 1:48.92; 4x400 Relay – Allison Schaley, Ella Mathieson, Brittany Bennett, Rachel Latham, 4:11.51; 4x800 Relay – Sam Laskowski, Krystal Damiano, Susan Thompson, Hannah Hottle, 9:59.71; Long Jump – Ella Mathieson, 17’4”; Triple Jump – Kelsey Duhai, 34’ 3 ½”; 100 – Ainsley Fedler, :12.92; 400 – Rachel Latham, 1:01.82; 800 – Sam Laskowski, 2:26.09; 400 Hurdles – Allison Schaley, 1:06.96, 200 – Kyle Baird, :29.97; 1500 – Ellen Adams, 5:03.81; 5000 – Jillian Rigert, 19:28.80; High Jump – Megan Timmerman, 5’ 0 ½”; Pole Vault – Caitlin Quinn, 10’ 2”; Hammer – Paula Neiweem; 135’ 5”; Javelin – Maggie Furlong; 107’ 5”.


Central Invitational, 04/04/09, Pella, Iowa: Discus – Marissa Banks, 150’2”.


Lee Calhoun Memorial, 04/11/09, Macomb, Illinois: Hammer Throw – Marissa Banks, 151’ 5”; 4x800 Relay – Rachel Latham, Sam Laskowski, Allison Schaley, Hannah Hottle, 9:48.67; Shuttle Hurdle Relay – Lindsey Homfeldt, Allison Schaley, Brittany Bennett, Valerie Bustle, 1:14.78.


Augustana Invitational, 04/17/09, Rock Island, Ill.: Hammer – Marissa Banks, 148’2”; Pole Vault – Caitlin Quinn, 10’ 2 ¾”; 4x800 Relay, 800 Sprint Medley


Loras Invitational, 04/25/09, Dubuque, Iowa: Long jump – Kelsey Duhai, 16’ 7”; Triple jump – Kelsey Duhai, 35’ 3”; 400 Hurdles – Allison Schaley, 1:04.95.


NIU Invitational, 05/09/09, DeKalb, Ill.: Pole Vault – Caitlin Quinn, 10’ 0”; 800 – Meaghan Reaney, 2:30.13; 400 Hurdles – Allison Schaley, 1:06.26.


Augustana Twilight, 05/15/09, Rock Island, Ill.: 3000 Steeple Chase – Hannah Hottle, 11:36.80; 1500 – Sam Laskowski; 5:08.37; 4x400 Relay – Angela Baumgartner, Sam Laskowski, Susan Thompson, Paige Deike, 4:19.21.





CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4th place, 121 points

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Early Spring Opener, 03/21/09; Viking Olympics, 03/30/09; Augustana Invitational, 04/17/09.