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May 8, 2009

2009 Season - Women's track & field jumps to 11th in nation

The Augustana Vikings women’s track & field team of veteran head coach Fred Whiteside have moved up one spot in the NCAA Division III national poll. This week the Vikings are 11 th with 180.14 points after being 12 th the week before with 172.43 points in the poll, which is conducted the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

Washington University is first for the second week in a row. The Bears have 194.46 points, just ahead of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with 194.45. Wisconsin-Eau Claire is third with 190.44 while St. Thomas (190.33) and Tufts (189.74) rounded out the top five.

So far this year Augustana has won three invitationals. The Vikings took the Early Spring Opener on March 21, the Viking Olympics on March 30 and the Augustana Invitational on April 17. They were fourth of 17 teams at the Central of Iowa Invitational and they were third of 10 at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays. In both the Central Invitational and the Calhoun Relays, Augustana was the first NCAA Division III team in the standings. The Vikings placed fourth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship last weekend.

2009 NCAA DIVISION III OUTDOOR RANKINGS

As of May 7, 2009

RANK

TEAM

REGION

POINTS

1

Washington

Midwest

194.46

2

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Midwest

194.45

3

Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Midwest

190.44

4

St. Thomas

Central

190.33

5

Tufts

New England

189.74

6

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Midwest

189.54

7

North Central

Midwest

185.86

8

Illinois Wesleyan

Midwest

182.25

9

Williams

New England

181.05

10

Chicago

Midwest

181.05

11

AUGUSTANA

Midwest

180.14

12

Ithaca

Atlantic

178.05

13

College of New Jersey

Atlantic

178.05

14

Concordia

Central

172.83

15

Wartburg

Central

172.82