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March 15, 2013


Senior Sarahbeth Jones won the 3000 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for the second year in a row. She also set a new school record in the event and ran on Augustana's 3200 relay team that also broke the school record. She shared Most Valuable Track athlete honors this year with junior Kierra Smith.

Vikings finish indoor season ranked 19th in the nation; win two invitationals; break three school records; Sarahbeth Jones a CCIW champion; Taelar Hillyer a national qualifier

Senior Sarahbeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Wadsworth, Ill.) won her second straight CCIW 3000-meter championship this year and set a school record of 10:14.66 in the same event at Olivet Nazarene. Jones' school-record performance was one of three during the 2013 indoor season for Coach Fred Whiteside's Vikings. In addition, junior Taelar Hillyer (Alleman HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) qualified for nationals in the pole vault and Augustana finished the year ranked 19th in the nation by the USTFCCCA.  

Jones teamed with sophomore Jessica Bacon (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.), junior Kate Benge (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) and senior Jennifer Prazak (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) to break Augustana's 4x800 relay record, running a 9:31.21, also at Olivet Nazarene. Junior Liana Beauchamp (Genoa-Kingston HS, Kingston, Ill.) recorded the other new school standard with a 53' 11¾" in the weight throw at the Augustana Invitational.  

Hillyer qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in Naperville, Illinois with a season-best vault of 12' 2½" at the Augustana Invitational. She finished tied for 13th at nationals with a leap of 11' 3¾".  

Jones and junior sprinter/hurdler Kierra Smith (Creston HS, Creston, Ill.) shared team track MVP honors, while Beauchamp and Hillyer were MVP's for the field events.

Whiteside's squad opened the season with a win at the University of Dubuque's five-team Sol Butler Invitational on January 12. Jones and Hillyer won the 3000 and pole vault, respectively, and Benge (600), Kirstillyn Pohlman, (Zion-Benton HS, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) (1000) and Astin Moravek (Riverside-Brookfield HS, Riverside, Ill.) (long jump) picked up wins as well.  

On January 19, the Vikings won eight individual events and one relay at Monmouth College's Midwest Invitational, although no team scores were kept.  

They followed that up a week later with a third-place performance among eight teams at Olivet Nazarene. In addition to the school-record efforts by Jones' and the 3200 relay team, Smith won the 400 and Hillyer the pole vault.  

Augustana finished fifth of eight teams at the loaded Warhawk Invitation in Whitewater, Wisconsin of February 2 and was third at the 10-team Grinnell Invitational a week later. Jones picked up a win in the mile at Whitewater. At Grinnell, sophomore Lizzy Lundine (Willowbrook HS, Villa Park, Ill.), this year's winner of Augustana's "Susan Wall Most Improved" award, won the 5000. Bacon, freshman Ashley Jensen-Anderson (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.), junior Kelsey Stockert (Peoria Notre Dame HS, Mapleton, Ill.) and Benge were winners in the distance medley relay.  

Beauchamp's record weight throw and Hillyer's NCAA-qualifying effort in the pole vault highlighted a Viking win at the four-team Augustana Invitational on Valentine's Day. Benge was a triple winner for the hosts, claiming the 600 and 1000 meters and teaming with Smith and freshmen Rachel Akmakjian (Poudre HS, Fort Collins, Colo.) and Annie Martines (St. Charles East HS), the team's Most Valuable Freshman, for a win in the 4x400 relay. In addition, Akmakjian won the 400, Smith the 200 and Bacon won the 3000 and joined sophomore Lorraine Stamberger (La Moille HS, La Moille, Ill.), Prazak and junior Kristyn Barton (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) on the winning 4x800 relay team.  

Jones' win in the 3000 (a meet-record 10:16.92) paced the Vikings to a fifth-place finish in the team standings at the CCIW Championships. That competition was held February 22-23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.   Smith was Augustana's final individual winner this year, running a 1:00.14 to claim first place in the 400 at Carthage's Last Chance Qualifier on March 1.          



CCIW ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Sarahbeth Jones (track), 01/29/13; Liana Beauchamp (field), 02/05/13

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE - Rachel Akmakjian, Jessica Bacon, Samantha Bazely, Liana Beauchamp, Katelyn Benge, Kayla Bushey, Theresa Coverick, Danielle Engel, Emma Grandgeorge, Annie Heifner, Lauren Hoffman, Sarahbeth Jones, Elizabeth Lundine, Anna Martines, Kelsey Moon, Jennifer Prazak, Rachel Rodriguez, Johanna Schnitzler, Kierra Smith, Lorraine Stamberger, Taylor Tjardes, Anna Walsh  


MVP Track - Sarahbeth Jones & Kierra Smith

MVP Field - Liana Beauchamp & Taelar Hillyer

Erica Vortman Viking Spirit - Anna Walsh

Susan Wall Most Improved - Lizzie Lundine  

Most Valuable Freshman - Annie Martines


SOL BUTLER CLASSIC (01/12/13) - Kate Benge, 600 (1:43.71); Kirstillyn Pohlman, 1000 (3:21.22); Sarahbeth Jones, 3000 (10:25.65); Taelar Hillyer, Pole vault (10' 11¾"); Astin Moravek, Long jump (16' 4½")

MIDWEST INVITATIONAL (01/19/13) - Annie Martines, 300 (:44.06); Kierra Smith, 400 (1:02.54); Kate Benge, 800 (2:23.50); Sarahbeth Jones, Mile (5:12.04); Jessica Bacon, 3000 (10:48.35); Kierra Smith, 60 Hurdles (:09.45); Jennifer Prazak, Lauren Hoffman, Lorraine Stamberger, Kate Benge, Distance medley relay (13:03.40); Astin Moravek, Triple jump (34' ¼")

OLIVET NAZARENE INVITATIONAL (01/26/13) - Kierra Smith, 400 (1:00.48); Sarahbeth Jones, 3000 (10:14.66); Jessica Bacon, Kate Benge, Jennifer Prazak, Sarahbeth Jones, 4x800 relay (9:31.21); Taelar Hillyer, Pole vault (11' 3¾")

WARHAWK INVITATIONAL (02/02/13) - Sarahbeth Jones, Mile (5:07.92)

GRINNELL INVITATIONAL (02/09/13) - Lizzie Lundine, 5000 (19:09.26); Jessica Bacon, Ashley Jensen-Anderson, Kelsey Stockert, Kate Benge, Distance medley relay (12:54.32)

AUGUSTANA INVITATIONAL (02/14/13) - Lorraine Stamberger, Jennifer Prazak, Jessica Bacon, Kristyn Barton, 4x800 relay (9:34.03); Rachel Akmakjian, 400 (1:02.61); Kate Benge, 600 (1:39.67); Kate Benge, 1000 (3:13.86); Kierra Smith, 200 (:27.33); Jessica Bacon, 3000 (10:38.75); Kierra Smith, Kate Benge, Rachel Akmakjian, Annie Martines, 4x400 relay (4:10.72); Liana Beauchamp, Weight throw (53' 11¼"); Taelar Hillyer, Pole vault (12' 2½")

CARTHAGE LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER (03/01/13) - Kierra Smith, 400 (1:00.14)  


3000: Sarahbeth Jones, 10:14.66 on 01/26/13 @ Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois; previous record - 10:15.27 by Susan Paige in 1999.

Weight Throw: Liana Beauchamp, 53' 11¾" on 02/14/13 @ Augustana Invitational @ Rock Island, Illinois; previous record - 52' 2½" by Paula Neiweem in 2009

4x800 relay: Jessica Bacon, Kate Benge, Jennifer Prazak, Sarahbeth Jones, 9:31.21 on 01/26/13 @ Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois; previous record - 9:38.13 by Maegan Harris, Stacey Green, Pam Anderson, Jennifer Walsh in 1998   


Taelar Hillyer, Pole Vault, 12' 2½"  


February 22-23, 2013 *** Carthage College *** Kenosha, Wisconsin   

TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 175; 2. Illinois Wesleyan 156; 3. Carthage 115; 4. Millikin 78; ; 5. AUGUSTANA 70; 6. Wheaton 45; 7. Elmhurst 21; 8. North Park 3.   INDIVIDUAL EVENT WINNERS

55 - Ariel Robinson, Millikin :07.33

200 - Kayla Murphy, North Central :25.65

400 - Patti Laufenberg, Carthage :58.21

800 - Tara Clemens, Illinois Wesleyan 2:14.53

Mile - Tara Clemens, Illinois Wesleyan 5:00.48

3000 - Sarahbeth Jones, Augustana 10:16.92

5000 - Elise Anderson, Illinois Wesleyan 17:41.52

55 Hurdles - Jocelyn Redlinski, North Central :08.55

1600 Relay - North Central 4:00.49

Distance Medley - Illinois Wesleyan 12:12.11

High Jump - Shannon McNeil, Wheaton 5' 3¾"

Pole Vault - Elizabeth Composto, North Central 12' 2"

Long Jump - Kristin LeClair, Carthage 17' 9¾"

Triple Jump - Jill Harmon, Illinois Wesleyan 38' 0"

Shot Put - LeAnn Spesard, Millikin 47' 8"

Weight Throw - Rebecca McMullin, Carthage 54' 1¾"

Pentathlon - Allie Boudreau, Illinois Wesleyan 3,306