A second-place finish by Augustana's 4x400 relay team at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships capped off the outdoor season for Coach Paul Olsen's track & field team. The 4x100 relay also earned All-America status, as did senior Alex Rindone in the 400 and sophomore David Voland in the 400 hurdles. The Vikings finished in 18th place as a team. Rindone also won two individual events and anchored a pair of winning relays at the CCIW Championships, earning Track Athlete of the Meet honors.
Coach Jon Miedema has announced this year's award winners for the Augustana men's tennis team and sophomore Lawrence Palmer has been named the Vikings' MVP. Junior Kevin Bayles earned "Hardest Worker" honors.
Sophomore Lawrence Palmer was a first team All-CCIW selection and earned conference Player of the Week honors twice this year, leading Coach Jon Miedema's Augustana men's tennis team to a 19-11 record overall and a 3-2 mark in the CCIW. The Vikings also won four CCIW flight championships in the fall and took fourth place at the conference tournament this spring.
Behind a 24th-place 320 (82-77-84-77) by sophomore Jake Groselak, Coach Paul Del Vecchio's Augustana men's golf team finished seventh at this year's CCIW Championship. Groselak, who led Viking letter winners with an average round of 80.4 strokes this year, repeated as the team's MVP. Freshman David Ferlmann was chosen Newcomer of the Year and sophomore Josh Kukla was selected Most Improved.
For the fifth time in Coach Grey Giovanine's tenure at Augustana, the men's basketball team will be taking an international trip this summer. This year's journey takes the Vikings to Brazil for a week of activities in August, including four games against professional and club teams.
The 2013 Augustana outdoor track season was highlighted by a CCIW Track Athlete of the Meet performance from senior Sarahbeth Jones and an All-America effort from junior Kierra Smith at the NCAA Division III Championships. Both were double champions at the CCIW meet and joined sophomore Jessica Bacon and junior Taelar Hillyer in qualifying for nationals.
Augustana dominated the selections on the Capital One Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-District Team that was announced today. Four Vikings were among the 10 first team honorees in District Seven, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The Capital One Academic All-District team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Senior Sarahbeth Jones, junior Kierra Smith and sophomore Jessica Bacon have been selected as Most Valuable Performers for Coach Fred Whiteside's Augustana track & field program for 2013. All three qualified for this year's NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in La Crosse, Wisconsin.