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May 2, 2009

2009 Season - Decker sets new CCIW record in hammer

KENOSHA, Wis. - There wasn’t much more that the Augustana Vikings could have done in defending their College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin men’s track & field title. Veteran head coach Paul Olsen’s team, currently ranked first in NCAA Division III, scored 246 points and finished second on Saturday, May 2 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Blue & Gold won 10 events and finished second in seven more. They scored in 20 of the 21 events, failing to generate points only in the 800, and actually tallied six more points than they did in winning the CCIW a year ago.

In the end, it wasn’t enough as North Central, which is currently ranked fourth in the nation by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association, put up 278.50 to win the team title. The Vikings were second with 246 and that was over 100 better than the third place total of 140.50 compiled by Carthage. Wheaton (44), Illinois Wesleyan (35), Elmhurst (34), Millikin (21) and North Park (18) rounded out the field.

Augustana won both relays and had three individual double winners on the weekend. The Vikings also claimed the meet’s “Outstanding Field Performer”. That honor went to junior Darin Decker (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) after he won the hammer and the disc and placed second in the shot put. Decker set a new conference record in the hammer when he uncorked a throw of 180’ 4”, which is the second best toss in school history, trailing only Tom McIntire’s school record of 185’ 7” set in 2005. Decker won the disc with a throw of 151’ 2” and his second place throw in the shot travelled 48’ 9 ½”.

Senior Ted McMillan (Erie HS, Cordova, Ill.) added two more titles to his collection as he won the high jump with a leap of 6’ 9” and the 110 high hurdles in :15.05. He was second in the 400 intermediate hurdles with a clocking of :55.56. He has won a grand total of 18 conference titles (indoor and outdoor) during his illustrious career. He won the 110 high hurdles and the 400 intermediate hurdles three times and the high jump twice in outdoor competition.

Junior Max Petersen (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) took both the 100 and 200 to become the first Viking to win both sprint events since Kyle Poston turned the trick in 1997. He clocked a time of :10.97 in the 100 and :22.42 in the 200.

The 400 relay team won with a time of :42.61 and the 1600 relay unit brought home gold with a clocking of 3:18.09. The 400 relay consisted of Petersen, sophomore James Wood (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.), freshman Marty King (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) and senior Kyle Ekberg (Rockford Christian HS, Rockford, Ill.). In the 1600 relay the Vikings used freshman Greg Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.), Wood, junior Nick Borchert (Ankeny HS, Ankeny, Iowa) and Ekberg. Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.) won the 400 intermediate hurdles in :54.99 and was third in the 110 high hurdles with a time of :15.57. Senior Andy Kubiak (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) took the 3000 steeplechase in 9:24.30 and came back and placed third in the 5000 in 15:03.61.

There were two events where Augustana went one-two-three. In the 400 intermediates King took third behind McMillan and Davis with a time of :55.74. While Decker was winning the discus, sophomore Pat Hoefle (Lena-Winslow HS, Lena, Ill.) was taking second with a toss of 147’ 10” and freshman Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.) was nailing down third with a distance of 147’ 4”. Christensen also picked up points with a sixth place in the hammer throw (160’ 5”) and an eighth in the shot (45’ 1”).

Sophomore Alex Stake (Williamsville HS, Sherman, Ill.) finished second in the high jump behind McMillan with a clearance of 6’ 5” and he also took second in the decathlon with 6,208 points and second in the long jump with a leap of 22’ 1 ½”. Ekberg was second in the 400 with a time of :48.79. The Vikings also grabbed third and fourth in the 400. Wood took third in :49.15 and Borchert was fourth in :49.28. For good measure Wood threw in a fifth place finish in the 200 with a time of :22.63.

Sophomore Don Anciaux (Iowa City HS, Iowa City, Iowa) finished fourth in the decathlon with 4,988 points. Freshman Jimmy Zars (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) was fifth in the decathlon with 4,761 points while freshman Matt Deets (Polo HS, Polo, Ill.) placed seventh with 4,496 and senior Jeremy Shaw (Vernon Hills HS, Vernon Hills, Ill.) was eighth with 4,035.

Senior Mike Pettis (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) finished fifth in the 110 high hurdles with a time of :16.02. Sophomore Brendan Bradley (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) took fifth in the 400 intermediate hurdles in :57.07. Junior Nate Maass (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 43’ 10 ¾” and took seventh in the javelin with a toss of 165’ 7”.

Sophomore Brad Keating (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) was sixth in the 1500 in 4:02.12 and junior Dan Bailey (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.) finished sixth in the 10,000 in 31:51.77. Freshman Billy TenBusch (Prairie Ridge HS, Cary, Ill.) took eighth in the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 9:46.20.

Freshman Markbryan Baron (Plainfield Central HS, Lockport, Ill.) cleared 6’ 3 ¼” to take sixth in the high jump. The pole vault yielded three places. Sophomore Eric Chalus (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.) cleared 14’ 6 ¼” to take sixth and freshman Andrew Nice (Christian Life HS, Caledonia, Ill.) and senior Steve Sulfridge (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) each made it over 14’ 0 ½” to tie for seventh. Junior Jeff Lackaff (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) finished eighth in the javelin with a toss of 159’ 0”.