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September 25, 2012

Jones wins CCIW honor for second straight week

Senior Sarahbeth Jones was named the "Runner of the Week" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin after she won the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational on Friday, September 21 by a whopping 37 seconds. This was the second week in a row that Jones has won the "Runner of the Week" honor.

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - Two weeks, two great performances and two straight "Runner of the Week" awards in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for Augustana senior Sarahbeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Wadsworth, Ill.). She won the honor for the second consecutive week after absolutely destroying the field at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on Friday, September 21 at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois.

Jones led from start to finish en route to posting a winning time of 21:40.8 over the flat, and fast, 6,000 meter layout at Saukie. She won by 37 seconds over runner-up Karen Grauel (22:17.9) of Truman State. This was just Jones' second race of the season and it came after an impressive fifth place finish at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships on Friday, September 14 at D.A. Weibring Golf Course in Normal, Illinois. In that outing, she set a new Augustana school record for 5,000 meters with a time of 17:41, breaking Kim Lehman's 1982 mark of 17:47.

Thanks to the outstanding outing by Jones, the Vikings placed third in the 32-team field with 125 points. Augustana, ranked seventh in the latest NCAA Division III Midwest Regional poll, scored 125 points in the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational.

Jones came into her senior year after a tremendous junior season. She was the team MVP in three sports (cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field) during the 2011-12 school year. She won College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles in both the indoor (3000 & distance medley) and outdoor (5000) conference meets and was fifth in the conference cross country meet in 2011.

Jones is the daughter of Elizabeth and Lewis Jones of Glen Allen Virginia and she is a communications and English major. Last year she won the Jack Swartz Award in the CCIW after each of her three seasons (cross country, indoor & outdoor track). The Swartz Award is given to one male and one female student-athlete at each conference school who combines athletic prowess and academic success.