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Illinois Wesleyan rallies in Division III women’s track


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Jennifer Adams (Keene State) wins the 5,000-meter run at the 2008 NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Track and Field championship. Photo courtesy NCAA Photos
Mar 17, 2008 7:51:30 AM


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We know now how badly Illinois Wesleyan and sprinter Rachel Anderson want to win.

Anderson, not long after claiming her third straight indoor 400-meter dash title, anchored the Titans’ 1,600-meter relay team to a come-from-behind victory and their first team title at the Division III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday.

The senior’s relay team was 10 meters behind in fifth place when she took the baton for the last 400 meters in the second of two relay heats, but Anderson passed Wartburg’s Hannah Baker rounding the last turn to win by four-tenths of a second -- and also ended Wartburg’s bid for the team crown.

 

The five-member Titan team outpointed Wartburg, 30-27, during the competition at Ohio Northern. A Wartburg victory in the relay would have given the Knights the title.

 

“Our coach (Chris Schumacher) told us we needed this race to win it all, so it was a do-or-die situation for all us,” Anderson said.

“In practice we always listen to Tim McGraw’s (song) ‘How Bad Do You Want It?’ and we just really wanted this race and this championship. We worked hard and this is amazing.”

 

Illinois Wesleyan’s only other points during the meet came from two sophomores -- McKenzie Clemens’ third-place finish in the 800-meter run and Amanda LaRocca’s fifth-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles. Clemens also ran on the relay team, along with senior Brooke Halcott and sophomore Ali McCoy.

 

Anderson, who shares the championships record of 55.46 seconds in the 400-meter run with former Wheaton (Massachusetts) sprinter Amber James, made a bid earlier in the day to improve on that mark but fell just short in winning the event for the third straight year. She won with a time of 55.66.

“I tried to go out quick and take control from the start,” she said. “I wanted to go out even a bit quicker. But it was a good race and I’m happy with how it turned out.”

The team victory is Illinois Wesleyan’s first in a women’s championship. The school also claimed a Division III men’s basketball title in 1997.

 

Washington U. in St. Louis led in team scoring entering the final relay, followed by Keene State and Tufts, but none of the three schools had an entry in the event.

 

Morgen Leonard -Fleckman’s victory in the pole vault put Washington U. in contention for the crown, while Keene State scored 20 of its 21 points in two event victories -- Jennifer Adams’ win in the 5,000-meter run and Crystal Blamy’s high jump win -- and Tufts captured the distance medley relay crown.

 

Anderson, who also won an outdoor 400-meter crown in 2006, was among four returning individual champions at the event, but only Frostburg State’s Sumer Rohrs joined her as a repeat titlist with another win in the 55-meter hurdles.

 

Team results

1. Ill. Wesleyan, 30; 2. Wartburg, 27; 3. Washington-St. Louis, 23; 4. (tie) Wis.-La Crosse and Keene St., 21; 6. Tufts, 20; 7. St. Thomas (Minn.), 18; 8. Cabrini, 17; 9. (tie) Wis.-River Falls and Williams, 15; 11. Wis.-Eau Claire, 13; 12. Wis.-Oshkosh, 12; 13. (tie) St. Lawrence and Messiah, 11; 15. (tie) Wis.-Platteville, Texas Lutheran, North Central (Ill.), Montclair St., Heidelberg, Frostburg St., Brockport St., Bethel (Minn.), Augustana (Ill.), 10; 24. TCNJ, 9; 25. (tie) Widener, Wheaton (Mass.), Union (N.Y), Richard Stockton, Otterbein, MIT, Fredonia St., and Allegheny, 8; 33. (tie) St. Norbert, Neb. Wesleyan, Monmouth (Ill.), Greenville, and Buffalo St., 6; 38. (tie) Simpson, Roanoke, Moravian, Loras, Haverford, CCNY, Chicago, and Case Reserve, 5; 46. (tie) Wis.-Stout, Smith, New Jersey City, Milwaukee Engr., and Bates, 4; 51. (tie) Wis.-Stevens Point, Middlebury, Lawrence, Geneseo St., Cortland St., Coe, Capital, and Amherst, 3; 59. (tie) Waynesburg and Gust. Adolphus, 2 1/2; 61. (tie) Emory, Colby, and Carroll (Wis.), 2; 64. (tie) St. Olaf, Farmingdale, Chris. Newport, and Central (Iowa), 1.

 

Individual champions

55-meter dash: Judy Bataille, Heidelberg, 7.00.
400-meter dash: Rachel Anderson, Ill. Wesleyan, 55.66.
800-meter run: Jessica Scott, Wis.-Platteville, 2:11.84.
Mile run: Marie Borner, Bethel (Minn.), 4:58.36.
55-meter high hurdles: Sumer Rohrs, Frostburg St., 7.96.
5,000-meter run: Jennifer Adams, Keene St., 16:58.71.
1,600-meter relay: Ill. Wesleyan (Ali McCoy, Mackenzie Clemens, Brooke Halcott, Rachel Anderson), 3:52.21.
Distance medley relay: Tufts (Stephanie McNamara, Kaleigh Fitzpatrick, Katy O'Brien, Catherine Beck), 11:46.79.
High jump: Crystal Blamy, Keene St., 1.72 (5-7 3/4).
Pole vault: Morgen Leonard-Fleckman, Washington-St. Louis, 3.86 (12-8).
Long jump: Caitlin Schetter, Wis.-La Crosse, 5.86 (19-2 3/4).
Triple jump: Shannon O'Keeffe, Brockport St., 11.70 (38-4 3/4).
Shot put: Monique Riddick, Montclair St., 14.14 (46-4 3/4).
20-lb. weight throw: Carol Comp, St. Thomas (Minn.), 17.33 (56-10 1/4).

Individual results

55-meter dash: 1. Judy Bataille, Heidelberg, 7.00; 2. Lauren Deas, Cabrini, 7.10; 3. LaToya Edwards, Buffalo St., 7.12; 4. Jodyann Raymond, CCNY, 7.16; 5. Keli Coleman, Augustana (Ill.), 7.18; 6. Ebony Barnes, New Jersey City, 7.19; 7. Jami Edwards, Emory, 7.23; 8. Christiana Taylor, Cabrini, 7.31.

400-meter dash: 1. Rachel Anderson, Ill. Wesleyan, 55.66; 2. Liz Kooistra, Wis.-Eau Claire, 56.27; 3. Hannah Baker, Wartburg, 56.73; 4. Robin Yerkes, Roanoke, 56.74; 5. Ashley Graybill, St. Norbert, 56.93; 6. Staci Jackson, Texas Lutheran, 57.03; 7. Chizoba Ezeigwe, Wheaton (Mass.), 57.37; 8. Ashley Williams, Texas Lutheran, 57.77.

800-meter run: 1. Jessica Scott, Wis.-Platteville, 2:11.84; 2. Allie Cuozzo, Union (N.Y.), 2:13.60; 3. Mackenzie Clemens, Ill. Wesleyan, 2:14.74; 4. Sara Wild, Williams, 2:15.24; 5. Catie Ellingson, Simpson, 2:16.18; 6. Izzy Alexander, Bates, 2:16.46; 7. Stephanie Herrick, TCNJ, 2:17.46; 8. Erin Kelley, Carroll (Wis.), 2:20.52.

Mile run: 1. Marie Borner, Bethel (Minn.), 4:58.36; 2. Ayla Mitchell, Wis.-Oshkosh, 4:58.61; 3. Catherine Beck, Tufts, 4:59.72; 4. Annick Lamar, Haverford, 5:01.16; 5. Katy O'Brien, Tufts, 5:03.40; 6. Jennifer KuiKen, Wartburg, 5:04.62; 7. Stephanie Herrick, TCNJ, 5:05.20; 8. Erin Kelley, Carroll (Wis.), 5:05.30.

5,000-meter run: 1. Jennifer Adams, Keene St., 16:58.71; 2. Becca Jordahl, Wis.-River Falls, 17:02.89; 3. Wendy Pavlus, St. Lawrence, 17:16.78; 4. Esther Erb, Case Reserve, 17:17.21; 5. Anna Kraayenbrink, Wartburg, 17:22.80; 6. Alexandra Krieg, Middlebury, 17:25.11; 7. Elise Tropiano, Amherst, 17:30.89; 8. Heather Wilson, Amherst, 17:33.43.

55-meter high hurdles: 1. Sumer Rohrs, Frostburg St., 7.96; 2. Amy Magnuson, MIT, 8.01; 3. Holly Andrews, Neb. Wesleyan, 8.12; 4. Kristen Bates, Messiah, 8.18; 5. Amanda LaRocca, Ill. Wesleyan, 8.34; 6. Lauren Rausch, Otterbein, 8.35; 7. Brandye Jackson, North Central (Ill.), 8.37; 8. Lauren Bucklin, Simpson, 8.38.

1,600-meter relay: 1. Ill. Wesleyan (Ali McCoy, Mackenzie Clemens, Brooke Halcott, Rachel Anderson), 3:52.21; 2. Wartburg, 3:52.68; 3. Texas Lutheran, 3:53.59; 4. Wis.-La Crosse, 3:54.40; 5. Williams, 3:55.53; 6. Wis.-Stevens Point, 3:55.79; 7. Wis.-Eau Claire, 3:56.38; 8. Central (Iowa), 3:59.93 

Distance medley relay: 1. Tufts (Stephanie McNamara, Kaleigh Fitzpatrick, Katy O'Brien, Catherine Beck), 11:46.79; 2. St. Thomas (Minn.), 11:48.10; 3. Williams, 11:56.56; 4. Washington-St. Louis, 12:04.95; 5. Wartburg, 12:07.70; 6. Wis.-Eau Claire, 12:08.97; 7. Colby, 12:10.60; 8. Keene St., 12:12.60.

High jump: 1. Crystal Blamy, Keene St., 1.72 (5-7 3/4); 2. Lisa Shepherd, Richard Stockton, 1.69 (5-6 1/2); 3. Erin Neville, Wheaton (Mass.), 1.66 (5-5 1/4); 4. Abby Owens, Greenville, 1.66 (5-5 1/4); 5. (tie) Amanda Haney, Geneseo St.; Madeline Steininger, Lawrence; and Kristen Serikstad, Cortland St., 1.61 (5-3 1/4); 8. Cathryn McLean, Farmingdale, 1.61 (5-3 1/4).

Pole vault: 1. Morgen Leonard-Fleckman, Washington-St. Louis, 3.86 (12-8); 2. Rachel Secrest, North Central (Ill.), 3.86 (12-8); 3. Jessica White, Monmouth (Ill.), 3.76 (12-4); 4. Anna Heim, Moravian, 3.76 (12-4); 5. Etta Grover-Silva, Smith, 3.76 (12-4); 6. (tie) Shanna Dawson, Gust. Adolphus, and Ashley Dodd, Waynesburg, 3.66 (12-0); 8. Amie Fillmore, St. Olaf, 3.66 (12-0).

Long jump: 1. Caitlin Schetter, Wis.-La Crosse, 5.86 (19-2 3/4); 2. Christiana Taylor, Cabrini, 5.64 (18-6); 3. Katie Fondow, Wis.-La Crosse, 5.60 (18-4 1/2); 4. Kristen Tricocci, TCNJ, 5.56 (18-3); 5. Catherine Chappell, Milwaukee Engr., 5.49 (18-0 1/4); 6. Lizzy Stanton, Capital, 5.48 (17-11 3/4); 7. Melissa Fabry, St. Norbert, 5.46 (17-11); 8. Jamecia McCall, Greenville, 5.45 (17-10 3/4).

Triple jump: 1. Shannon O'Keeffe, Brockport St., 11.70 (38-4 3/4); 2. Danielle Wadlington, Washington-St. Louis, 11.68 (38-4); 3. Kristen Bates, Messiah, 11.66 (38-3 1/4); 4. Appie Hirve, Chicago, 11.45 (37-6 3/4); 5. Ashlea Peter, Wis.-Stout, 11.38 (37-4); 6. Jessica Venezia, St. Lawrence, 11.36 (37-3 1/4); 7. Emily Pfeufer, Allegheny, 11.35 (37-3); 8. Shamyra Brown, New Jersey City, 11.31 (37-1 1/4).

Shot put: 1. Monique Riddick, Montclair St., 14.14 (46-4 3/4); 2. Lauren Lucci, Widener, 14.00 (45-11 1/4); 3. Marissa Banks, Augustana (Ill.), 13.70 (44-11 1/2); 4. Allyson Tobin, Otterbein, 13.66 (44-9 3/4); 5. Vicki Cooper, Wis.-River Falls, 13.59 (44-7); 6. Krista Hasselquist, Wis.-River Falls, 13.58 (44-6 3/4); 7. Alyssa Pirinelli, St. Lawrence, 13.39 (43-11 1/4); 8. Rachael Clark, Chris. Newport, 13.31 (43-8).

20-pound weight throw: 1. Carol Comp, St. Thomas (Minn.), 17.33 (56-10 1/4); 2. Julia Hopson, Fredonia St., 17.16 (56-3 3/4); 3. Liz Earley, Allegheny, 16.99 (55-9); 4. Ellen Thys, Loras, 16.80 (55-1 1/2); 5. Rebecca Masephol, Wis.-Oshkosh, 16.76 (55-0); 6. Holly Rader, Coe, 16.47 (54-0 1/2); 7. Jessica Bates, Wartburg, 16.44 (53-11 1/4); 8. Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan, Bates, 16.43 (53-11).

 

 


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