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May 28, 2009

2009 Season - Decker, Ekberg and McMillan claim awards

Seniors Kyle Ekberg (Rockford Christian HS, Rockford, Ill.) and Ted McMillan (Erie HS, Cordova, Ill.) and junior Darin Decker (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) took home top honors for the 2009 Augustana men’s track & field team, it was announced today. Ekberg and McMillan shared the Most Valuable Track honor while Decker was the solo winner of the Most Valuable Field award.

Ekberg was the top sprinter for the Vikings as he anchored both the 400 and 1600 relays and recorded the team’s top time in the 400 with a clocking of :48.79. He helped both the 400 and 1600 relay teams win College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles on May 2 in Kenosha, Wisconsin at Carthage College. The 400 unit clocked :42.61 and the 1600 team ran 3:18.09. He was also second in the open 400 with a time of :48.79. During the indoor season he earned NCAA Division III All-American honors in the 400 with a time of :49.59 at the national meet where he placed seventh.

McMillan was a multiple event standout as he competed in the hurdles and the high jump. Until an injured hamstring hampered him, he was a fixture on the 1600 relay. McMillan qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet in the high jump (6’ 9”), the 110 high hurdles (:14.81) and the 400 hurdles (:52.84). He won CCIW titles in the high jump and the 110 high hurdles and was second in the 400 intermediates. He graduates from Augustana with a grand total of 18 individual or relay conference championships and he earned NCAA Division III All-American honors 12 times. He won the high jump and the 400 intermediate hurdles at the 2007 NCAA national meet outdoors. This past winter he was second in the national indoor meet in the pentathlon and was fifth in the high jump. He was a first team ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American as a junior and has been nominated for that honor again as a senior.

Decker was named the Most Outstanding Field competitor at the 2009 CCIW outdoor meet when he won the discus (151’ 2”) and the hammer (180’ 4”) and was second in the shot put (48’ 9”). He also qualified for the NCAA Division III meet in the hammer throw with a toss of 182’ 5”.

Greg Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.) was named Most Valuable Freshman for track events while Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.) took the same award for field events. Davis won the 400 intermediate hurdles in the CCIW with a time of :54.99 and was third in the 110 high hurdles in :15.57. Christensen established a new school record in the discus when he uncorked a throw of 170’ 7” at the Augustana Twilight Qualifier on May 15 at the Paul V. Olsen Track. He earned NCAA Division III All-American honors when he placed sixth in the discus at the national meet on May 23 in Marietta, Ohio.

Seniors Evan Holschbach (Princeton HS, Princeton, Ill.), Andy Kubiak (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) and Steve Sulfridge (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) shared the Most Inspirational Athlete award. Holschbach had the fastest 200 time on the team this year when he ran :22.15 at the Wartburg Select Meet on April 4. A leg injury cut short his season after that. Kubiak won the 3000 meter steeplechase at the CCIW meet and earned NCAA Division III All-American honors with a fifth place finish in 9:05.36. That is the third fastest time in school history. Sulfridge was an All-American as a junior in the pole vault and struggled all season long with back troubles. He cleared 15’ 4 ¼” in the final meet of the year.

Junior Max Petersen (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) was named the Most Improved Performer. Petersen won the 100 (:10.97) and 200 (:22.42) as well as handling the leadoff leg on the victorious 400 relay (:42.61).  

Six seniors-to-be will serve as captains for 2010. They are distance runner Dan Bailey (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.), middle distance runner Nick Borchert (Ankeny HS, Ankeny, Iowa), Decker, jumper Nate Maass (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.), Petersen and distance runner Chris Zook (Normal Community HS, Normal, Ill.).

2009 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS TRACK & FIELD LETTERWINNERS

NAME

 

EVENT

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Don

Anciaux*

Sprints

So

Iowa City, Iowa (City High)

Dan

Bailey***

Distance

Jr

Deerfield, Illinois (Deerfield)

Markbryan

Baron*

Distance

Fr

Lockport, Illinois (Plainfield Central)

Logan

Beausoleil***

Middle Distance

Sr

Gurnee, Illinois (Warren Township)

Brian

Benning*

Throws

Fr

Winnebago, Illinois (Winnebago)

Nick

Borchert***

Middle Distance

Jr

Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny)

Matt

Bowman**

Distance

So

Elburn, Illinois (Geneva)

Brendan

Bradley**

Decathlon

So

Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein)

Josh

Branch****

Jumps

Sr

Roscoe, Illinois (Hononegah)

Jordan

Brewner*

Middle Distance

Sr

St. Charles, Illinois (St. Charles North)

Dane

Burmeister**

Sprints

So

Crystal Lake, Illinois (Central)

Sean

Carmody**

Distance

So

Rockford, Illinois (Winnebago)

Eric

Chalus**

Pole Vault

So

Rochelle, Illinois (Rochelle)

Phil

Christensen*

Throws

Fr

Maple Park, Illinois (Kaneland)

Thomas

Christian*

Distance

Fr

Port Angeles, Washington (Port Angeles)

Mark

Constantine*

Throws

So

Naperville, Illinois (Waubonsie Valley)

Ian

Cox****

Pole Vault

Sr

Durand, Illinois (Durand)

Zac

Cupples****

Middle Distance

Sr

Ottawa, Illinois (Marquette)

Nicholas

Danzy*

Distance

Fr

Naperville, Illinois (Naperville Central)

Greg

Davis*

Hurdles

Fr

Carlinville, Illinois (Carlinville)

Darin

Decker***

Throws

Jr

Moline, Illinois (Moline)

Matt

Deets*

Decathalon

Fr

Polo, Illinois (Polo Community)

Kyle

Ekberg**** (C)

Middle Distance

Sr

Rockford, Illinois (Rockford Christian)

Pat

Fritsch**

Distance

Jr

Bensenville, Illinois (Fenton)

Matt

Fulton****

Middle Distance

Sr

Mt. Prospect, Illinois (Hersey)

Brandon

Gittelman*

Distance

Fr

Naperville, Illinois (Naperville Central)

Brian

Hart**

Distance

Jr

St. Louis, Missouri (University City)

Alex

Hartz****

Jumps

Sr

Princeton, Illinois (Princeton)

Patrick

Hoefle**

Throws

So

Lena, Illinois (Lena – Winslow)

Evan

Holschbach**** (C)

Sprints

Sr

Princeton, Illinois (Princeton)

Nick

Jones***

Sprints

Jr

Chicago Heights, Illinois (Homewood Flossmoor)

Brad

Keating**

Distance

So

Cary, Illinois (Cary Grove)

Ryan

Kelley*

Javelin

Sr

Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton North)

Jarrett

Kessel**

Middle Distance

So

Sublette, Illinois (Amboy)

Marty

King*

Hurdles

Fr

Oswego, Illinois (Oswego)

Andy

Kubiak*** (C)

Distance

Sr

Bloomington, Illinois (Bloomington)

Andy

Kupisch*

Distance

Sr

Downers Grove, Illinois (Downers Grove North)

Jeff

Lackaff**

Javelin

Jr

Downers Grove, Illinois (Downers Grove North)

Jason

Langslet**

Middle Distance

So

Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein)

Nathan

Maass***

Jumps

Jr

Naperville, Illinois (Naperville Central)

Ted

McMillan**** (C)

Hurdles/High Jump

Sr

Cordova, Illinois (Erie)

Alex

Mikos**

Pole Vault

So

Wood Dale, Illinois (Fenton)

Adam

Myers*

Throws

Fr

Dixon, Illinois (Dixon)

Andrew

Nice*

Pole Vault

Fr

Caledonia, Illinois (Christian Life)

Matt

Nykaza*

Throws

So

Oak Lawn, Illinois (Brother Rice)

Jason

Perine*

Middle Distance

Sr

Plainfield, Illinois (Plainfield South)

Max

Petersen***

Sprints

Jr

Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein)

Mike

Pettis****

Hurdles

Sr

Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Assumption)

Tom

Ries*

Middle Distance

Jr

Iowa City, Iowa (Iowa City Regina)

Craig

Riley**

Decathlon

Sr

Aurora, Illinois (Waubonsie Valley)

Taylor

Riley*

Middle Distance

So

Winnebago, Illinois (Winnebago)

Zach

Riley**

Middle Distance

Jr

Winnebago, Illinois (Winnebago)

Jeff

Scoma****

Hurdles

Sr

Princeton, Illinois (Princeton)

Jeremy

Shaw****

Pole Vault

Sr

Vernon Hills, Illinois (Vernon Hills)

Andrew

Sixta*

Hurdles

Fr

West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley)

Kenny

Slocum***

Distance

Sr

LeClaire, Iowa (Pleasant Valley)

Matt

Somers**

Sprints/Middle Distance

So

Naperville, Illinois (Naperville Central)

Alex

Stake**

Decathlon

So

Sherman, Illinois (Williamsville)

Steve

Sulfridge**** (C)

Pole Vault

Sr

Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton North)

Billy

TenBusch*

Distance

Fr

Cary, Illinois (Prairie Ridge)

Adam

Tisue****

Middle Distance

Sr

Milan, Illinois (Sherrard)

Mike

Tisza*

Middle Distance

Fr

Prospect Heights, Illinois (Hersey)

Tyler

Vens** (C)

Throws

Sr

Bettendorf, Iowa (Pleasant Valley)

Greg

Weigand**

Middle Distance

So

Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton Warrenville South)

Maciek

Wojtas*

Sprints

Sr

Franklin Park, Illinois (West Leyden)

James

Wood**

Sprints

So

St. Charles, Illinois (St. Charles North)

Jimmy

Zars*

Pole Vault

Fr

Elmhurst, Illinois (York)

David

Zeko***

Hurdles

Jr

Sheridan, Illinois (Somonauk)

Patrick

Zeunik**

Triple Jump

So

Bloomington, Illinois (Bloomington Central Catholic)

Chris

Zook***

Distance

Jr

Normal, Illinois (Normal Community)