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April 27, 2012

2012 Season - Distance medley relay breaks school record

The Vikings' distance medley relay team of freshman Jessica Bacon, sophomore Kierra Smith, sophomore Kate Benge and junior Sarahbeth Jones set a new school record of 12:15.79 and finishesd sixth in the Drake Relays on Friday, April 27 in Des Moines, Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The distance medley relay team set a new school record to highlight the Augustana women's track & field effort at the Drake Relays on Friday, April 27 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Viking foursome of freshman Jessica Bacon (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.), sophomore Kierra Smith (Creston HS, Creston, Iowa), sophomore Kate Benge (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) and junior Sarahbeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Wadsworth, Ill.) clocked a time of 12:15.79 and finished the event in sixth place.

That broke the previous school record of 12:18.47 set in 2004 by Jennifer Paul, Manda Geerts, Karina Carson and Melanie Round.

Bacon handled the leadoff leg of 1200 meters and recorded a split of 3:42.6. She handed off to Smith who sped :59.5 for the 400 and Benge ran the 800 leg in 2:22.5. Jones brought the team home with a 5:10.9 anchor in the 1600. The previous best for this same unit was 12:24.79 at the Viking Olympics on the Paul V. Olsen Track back on March 30.