Centre's Schilling qualifies for cross country nationals

November 16, 2003

ATLANTA - Eileen Schilling became the first national qualifier for the Centre College cross country team since 1993 when she finished second in Centre's regional race Saturday.

Schilling capped a spectacular freshman season with her performance in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional, running the 6-kilometer course in 23 minutes.

"She's raced well all season," Centre coach Lisa Owens said. "There's not one race that I can say was a bad race for her."

Schilling was second by 43 seconds to Phyllis Tuggle of Agnes Scott on the challenging course at Emory University.

"The course was tough and hilly, which caters toward our type of racing," Owens said. "We like hills and we tackle them, and she did just that today.


"She has one pace, and it's fast. She really worked the hills and destroyed the competition pretty bad."

Schilling passed Aimee Gibbs of Christopher Newport on the uphill charge to the finish line to finish second by just over a second. She was the only freshman to earn one of the four individual qualifying berths.

She will race in this Saturday's Division III national championship meet at Hanover, Ind.

The Centre women finished fourth among 21 teams, while the men were sixth out of 20 teams.

Two Centre men earned all-region honors by finishing among the top 25 individuals: Mark Noll in 17th place and Colin Muehlenkamp in 22nd.

Mercer County High School graduate Anthony Lippert was fifth on the team and 50th overall among 139 runners.

Owens said the Centre teams took significant steps forward this season, but she's expecting even bigger things from them in the coming seasons.

"We've had a good solid year, one of the best years we've had overall since I've been here, but there's so much room for improvement," she said.


At Danville, Centre's men and women rolled to easy victories over undermanned Warren Wilson in a home dual meet.

The Centre men won 145-28, while the women won 130-54.

"All in all, it was a very successful meet for us," Centre coach Dean Brownley said.

Warren Wilson had only four men and seven women on its team.

"I can absolutely relate to that," Brownley said. "Even if you do put a good product in the pool, you get outscored because the other team has so many people to score."

Danville High School graduate Matt Osborne started the Centre men toward their first victory of the meet, leading off an all-freshman team in the medley relay with his 50-yard backstroke leg. The team also included Travis Pinnix, Andrew Weitze and Drew Helmstetter.

Steven Calendar won the 100 freestyle and 1,000 freestyle, while Jason Woodall led 1-2 finishes in the 50 freestyle, where Craig Stinston was second, and the 100 backstroke.

J.P. Isele was a winner in the 100 backstroke, Will Adams won the 200 freestyle, Matt Shuey won the 500 freestyle, Jackson Steff won the 100 breaststroke and Centre men finished 1-2-3 in the 200 individual medley and 1-2 in the 400 freestyle relay.

The team of Allison Knott, Katie Creel, Ann Tarter and Lauren Rogers led a 1-2 finish in the medley relay for the Centre women.

Ellie Guy won the 100 butterfly and 1,000 freestyle, and Rogers, Heidi Lampela and Michelle Swiderski finished 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle.

Tarter and Creel were 1-2 in the 200 individual medley, Tina Maples won the 500 freestyle, Knott won the 100 backstroke and Centre teams were 1-2 in the women's medley relay.

Centre hosts two meets this week, Friday night against Asbury and Berea and Saturday afternoon against Cumberland.

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