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February 5, 2013

Beauchamp named CCIW "Athlete of the Week"

Junior Liana Beauchamp was named the "Athlete of the Week" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin after she recorded a season's best throw of 48' 5 1/2" in the 20-pound weight at the Warhawk Invitational.

Augustana junior Liana Beauchamp (Genoa-Kingston HS, Kingston, Ill.) has been named the "Athlete of the Week" for women's track & field in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. Beauchamp was honored after her performance at the Warhawk Invitational in Whitewater, Wisconsin on Saturday, February 2.

Beauchamp threw her way to a season's best in the 20-pound weight throw with a heave of 48' 5 ½".  The toss placed her eighth among stiff competition that included four throwers from University of Wisconsin, who just recently dropped from the 18th spot among the NCAA Division I women's power rankings.  Beauchamp also competed in the shot put where she recorded a distance of 33' 1".  

Beauchamp opened up the 2013 season with a second place finish in the weight throw at the Sol Butler Invitational in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday, January 12 with a toss of 48' 4 ½".  In Monmouth, Illinois on January 19 at the Midwest Indoor Invitational, Beauchamp placed third in the weight throw and sixth in the shot put with throws of 47' 10 ½" and 38' 00 ¼", respectively.  

At the Olivet Nazarene Invitational on January 24, she took third in the weight throw with a mark of 47' 11 ¾ and fifth in the shot put with a 35' 10 ¾ heave.  

A year ago during the indoor season, Beauchamp walked away with two-all conference medals for the weight throw and shot put.  Her distances of 49' 10" in the weight throw and 39' 8 ¾" in the shot put leave her among the best in Augustana history placing second and sixth all-time. 

During the outdoor season, Beauchamp not only claimed herself as the CCIW champion in the hammer throw, but also went on to set a new school record with a throw of 156' 11".  She was also named all-conference in the shot put with a mark of 38' 7 ½".  She ranks seventh all-time in Augustana history in the shot put for outdoors with her throw of 39' 8 ¾".  

Beauchamp, a biology/pre-medicine major, was also named "Athlete of the Week" for her performance last season at the Wartburg Lutheran Triangular in Waverly, Iowa on Saturday, January 28 where she threw for 49' 10" in the weight throw.    

- Story written by student assistant Cody Sharko