DIVISION I

Sheila Reid
Villanova
Junior

Key Notes:
• 2011 USTFCCA Women's Track Athlete of the Year
• First double national champion in 1500 meters and 5000 meters run since 2006
• First woman to win Honda sports award in cross country and track and field
• Ran 5000 meters for first time in victory at Big East Championship

Kimberly Duncan
LSU
Junior

Key Notes:
• Owns three of the top 10 all-condition times in 200 meters
• Top individual point scorer at 2011 national championship meets after winning 200 meters runner-up in 100 meters and anchored championship 400-meter relay team
• Finalist for Bill Bowerman award

Brigetta Barrett
Arizona
Junior

Key Notes:
• Lost one meet during 2011 season and jumped over six feet in every meet
• National champion in high jump and only sixth person to win indoor and outdoor high jump in same season
• Named All-American in high jump in every season of competition

Natalja Piliusina
Oklahoma State
Sophomore

Key Notes:
• Broke Oklahoma State record in 800 meters at Payton Jordan Invitational (2:03.91)
• Lowered same record at national championship which gave Oklahoma State its highest team score in 10 years, finishing in second (2:02.16)
• Ran fourth-best 1500 meters in Cowboy history  (4:20.63)

Christina Manning
Ohio State
Senior

Key Notes:
• 2011 Big Ten and Great Lakes Region athlete of the year
 • Runner-up in 100-meter hurdles at national championship and anchored 400-meter relay team that came in ninth which resulted in Ohio State finishing 26th, its highest finish in over a decade
 


 

 

DIVISION II

Judith Riley
Lincoln (Mo.)
Sophomore

Key Notes:
• 2011 national champion 100 meters, fourth in 200 meters, member of national championship 400-meter relay team
• MIAA record holder in 100-meter hurdles
• 2011 South Central Region High Point champion

Runa Falch
Augustana (S.D.)
Junior

Key Notes:
• 2011 National Champion 1500 meters fourth in 5000 meters
•Set school, meet, and stadium record at Howard Wood Dakota relays in 1500-meter run: 4:27.09
• NSIC track athlete of the year and record holder in 10,000-meter run: 37.11.55.
 

Indiria Spence
Adams State
Senior

Key Notes:
• Adams State- 2011 runner-up 100-meter hurdles, 200 meters and third in 100 meters
• 2011 RMAC co-track athlete of the year
• Owns Adams State record in 100-meter hurdles 13.05 and RMAC championship record in 200 meters (23.92)
 

Liz Murphy
Grand Valley St.
Sophomore

Key Notes:
• 2011 national champion 1500-meters fourth in 5000 meters
• Set school, meet, and stadium record at Howard Wood Dakota relays in 1500 meters: 4:27.09
• NSIC track athlete of the year and record holder in 10,000-meters: 37.11.55.
 

Jillisa Grant
New Mexico-Highlands
Senior

Key Notes:
• Wins Cowgirls’ first national championship event by taking home 2011 long-jump title also finished fifth in 400-meters and 7th in 200-meters
 • 2011 DII USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the year
• Sets school record in 100 meters and 200 meters
 

 

DIVISION III

Nevada Morrison
Wartburg
Senior

Key Notes:
• At 2011 national championship won 400 meters anchored championship 1600-meter relay team and participated on third-place 400 meter relay team
• Set DIII 1,600-meter relay record at Drake Relays
• ILAC track athlete of the week for 04/24 after finishing fourth at Kansas relays

Melissa Norville
Illinois College
Junior

Key Notes:
• Runner up in long jump and triple jump at 2011 national championships third in 100-meter hurdles
• Two-time Midwest Conference track and field athlete of the week last season
• Only Division III competitor at Drake Relays finshed fourth in long-jump against field of 22

Ruby Blackwell
Methodist
Senior

Key Notes:
• 2011 USTFCCCA Division III women’s track athlete of the year
• Two-time national champion in 200 meters and 2011 runner up in 100 meters member of championship 400-meter relay team
• Second-fastest 100-meter time in Division III history, 11.66
• Mason Dixon Conference Champion in 400 meters

Simone Childs-Walker
Carleton
Junior

Key Notes:
• MIAC outstanding track performer for 2011
• Three-time MIAC champion in 10,000 meters
• Finished fifth in 5,000 meters and fourth in 10,000 meters at national championship
• All-American in 5,000 and 10,000 meters all three years
• Fifth in 10,000 meters at Drake relays in 2011

 

 

Christy Cazzola
Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Junior

Key Notes:
• 2011 national champion 1,500 meters member of sixth place 3,200 meter relay team
•  Midwest regional and WIAC track athlete of the year, sets WIAC conference-meet record in 800 meters 2:08.02
•  WIAC track athlete of the week for April 24 and May 1

 

DIVISION I

Oregon Ducks

Noting Oregon: The Ducks continued to make their mark as one of the top programs in the country. They won the USTFCCCA program of the year for the third consecutive time and finished a close second at nationals. Unlike most programs that rely on either distance or sprints to carry the team, the Ducks return strong performers in various categories. English Gardner was seventh in the 100 meters while Anne Kesserling won the 800 meters. The Ducks also had strong performances in the 1,500 meters and 1,600-meter relay.

Texas A&M Aggies

Noting A&M: In order for the Aggies to win a fourth consecutive national championship, they have to find a replacement for Bill Bowerman award winner Jessica Beard. As always they will be well coached as Pat Henry, the 2011 USTFCCCA coach of the year has won third most NCAA championships as a head coach. Jeneba Tarmoh will be expected to fill in as the top performer. She was the runner-up in the 200 meters at nationals and was also a participant on the championship 400-meter and 1600-meter relay teams.

Southern California

Noting USC: In order for the Aggies to win a fourth consecutive national championship they have to find a replacement for Bill Bowerman award winner Jessica Beard. As always they will be well coached as Pat Henry, the 2011 USTFCCCA coach of the year has won third most NCAA championships as a head coach. Jeneba Tarmoh will be expected to fill in as the top performer. She was the runner-up in the 200 meters at nationals and was also a participant on the championship 400-meter and 1600-meter relay teams.

 

DIVISION II

Augustana (S.D.) Vikings

Noting Lincoln: The Vikings look to improve on last year’s 10th place finish at nationals. One major positive is they return all four national meet participants and their all-NSIC performers. The Vikings also won their first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship in 2011 and head coach Tracey Hellman was named coach of the year.

Grand Valley State Lakers

Noting Grand Valley State: Last season the Lakers finally ascended to the top of the mountain. They won their first national championship in 2011 along with a 12th consecutive GLIAC championship. The Lakers also became the first Division II program to win all three running team championships(won national championships in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field in the same season). They return a versatile team that scored in the 1600-meter relay and 1500-meter run.

Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls

Noting Johnson C. Smith: Johnson C. Smith- The Golden Bulls had a season to remember in 2011. They won their first CIAA championship and finished fourth at nationals. Improvement will not come easy, especially when someone will have to replace the void left by Shermaine Williams’ graduation. She won the 100-meter hurdles at nationals and was the anchor leg on the runner-up 400-meter relay team. Runners such as Lakaevia Tyler and Rosemarie Carter will look to make up those points and then some.

 

DIVISION III

Wartburg Knights

Noting Wartburg:  The Knights are another team that looks to close the distance between themselves and defending champion Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The national runners-up return nine of their NCAA qualifiers, the 400-meter champion and the three members of the national champion 1600-meter relay team. The Knights also won a 12th consecutive Iowa Intercollegiate conference championship in 2011.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans

Noting Ilinois Wesleyan: The Titans return three of four individual champions as they look to win their 10th national championship (won by 21 points). Last year's USTFCCCA Field Athlete of the Year, Holly Ozniach graduated and for most programs that would be a major loss. But the Titans return Jecel Garner and Breanna Strupp one a national champion in the shot put and the other took the gold in the discus. One loss that may be more difficult to account for is Camille Davis. She finished fifth in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters.

Methodist Monarchs

Noting Methodist: There may not be a team that returns as much top-flight talent as the Monarchs. They return all of their national championship winners. This includes an entire 400-meter relay team that set a stadium record at nationals. Senior Ashlyn Chavis will look to have another stellar season after winning the 100 meters and long jump at nationals. They also return the 200-meter champion.

Top Events

Apr. 6 -- Wartburg, UW-Eau Claire and Dubuque at Wartburg Select

Apr. 14 -- UW-Oshkosh, UW-Whitewater and UW-Eau Claire at UW-Platteville Invitational

Apr. 14 -- Western St., Adams St. and CSU-Pueblo at CSU-Pueblo Invitational

Apr. 19-21-- Augustana (S.D.), Adams St. and Central Missouri at Mt. Sac Relays

Apr. 26-28 -- Augustana (S.D.), Oklahoma and Texas at Drake Relays

Apr. 26-28 -- Villanova, UCF and Oregon at Penn Relays

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