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May 29, 2009

2009 Season - Back-to-back top rankings for Vikings

For the second consecutive season the Augustana Vikings men’s track & field team finished the season ranked first in the nation in the NCAA Division III Team Power Rankings. Veteran head coach Paul Olsen’s team put together a tremendous year.

After finishing the indoor season ranked seventh, Augustana took over the top spot in the 2009 outdoor season in mid-April and held it. The Vikings were champions at three invitationals during the year. They won the Early Spring Opener on March 21, the Viking Olympics on March 30 and the Wartburg Select on April 4. They also took second in the Meet of Champions on April 18 when they dedicated the brand new Paul V. Olsen Track. Earlier in the year they finished fifth in the Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays on April 11 when they finished behind four division one schools.

In the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship Augustana took second behind North Central, which wound up ranked third in the country. The polling is done by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

Augustana ended the season with a total of 216.60 points. Wisconsin-Oshkosh (215.31), North Central (213.93), Claremont-McKenna-Harvey-Mudd-Scripps (210.25) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (209.82) round out the top five.

Senior Andy Kubiak (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) and freshman Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.) both earned NCAA Division III All-American honors. Kubiak placed fifth in the nation in the 3000 steeplechase while Christensen was sixth in the discus.

NCAA DIVISION III MEN’S TRACK & FIELD RANKINGS

RANK

SCHOOL

REGION

POINTS

1

AUGUSTANA

Midwest

216.60

2

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Midwest

215.31

3

North Central

Midwest

213.93

4

Claremont-McKenna-Harvey-Mudd-Scripps

West

210.25

5

Wisconsin-Whitewater

Midwest

209.82

6

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Midwest

209.45

7

Willamette

West

207.70

8

Wisconsin-La Crosse

Midwest

203.75

9

St. John’s

Central

202.57

10

Whitworth

West

200.40