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June 4, 2009

2009 Season - USTFCCA lists Augustana in top 10 programs

In the inaugural NCAA Division III “Program of the Year” compilation the Augustana Vikings men’s track & field/cross country teams finished in the top 10. Veteran head coach Paul Olsen’s program finished the 2008-09 school year in 10 th place according to the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

Augustana finished in 10 th place with a total of 79 points. The Vikings garnered 21 points from a 21 st place finish in the national cross country meet, 12 points from an 11 th place tie in indoor track & field and 46 points because of a 44 th place in outdoor track & field.

The USTFCCA Program of the Year Award is given annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division III men’s cross country/track & field programs. The award honors institutions that have achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons) based on the institutions finish at the NCAA Division III Championships.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for the NCAA Championships. Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA Division III Championship in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field (i.e. first place equals one point, second equals two points, etc.) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the ranking.

The USTFCCA Program of the Year Award Standings:

Rank

Institution

CC Finish

CC Points

Indoor

Finish

Indoor Pts.

Outdoor

Finish

Outdoor Pts.

Total Points

1

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

9

9

1 (tie)

1.5

1

1

11.5

2

Wisconsin-La Crosse

6

6

1 (tie)

1.5

5

5

12.5

3

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

4

4

8

8

25 (tie)

26.5

38.5

4

Whitworth

31

31

3

3

6 (tie)

6.5

40.5

5

North Central (Illinois)

2

2

7

7

29 (tie)

32

41

6

Williams

3

3

48 (tie)

51

14 (tie)

15

69

7

Nebraska Wesleyan

23

23

32 (tie)

35.5

11 (tie)

11.5

70

8

Ohio Northern

11

11

17 (tie)

20

44 (tie)

46

77

9

Calvin

5

5

32 (tie)

35.5

36 (tie)

37.5

78

10

Augustana (Illinois)

21

21

11 (tie)

12

44 (tie)

46

79

11

St. John's (Minnesota)

22

22

25 (tie)

27

44 (tie)

46

95

12

Mount Union

25

25

48 (tie)

51

21 (tie)

22

98

13

Dickinson

14

14

25 (tie)

27

55 (tie)

57.5

98.5

14

Haverford

16

16

32 (tie)

35.5

55 (tie)

57.5

109

15

Allegheny

10

10

40 (tie)

43.5

55 (tie)

57.5

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