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July 7, 2009

2009 Season - Three named to USTFCCCA academic team

Three Augustana men’s track & field standouts have been named to the 2009 United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) “NCAA Division III All-Academic Team”, it was announced today. Recently graduated seniors Ted McMillan (Erie HS, Cordova, Ill.) and Andy Kubiak (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) and senior-to-be Nick Borchert (Ankeny HS, Ankeny, Iowa) were among the total of 186 student-athletes representing 78 colleges and universities to make up the elite squad.

The USTFCCCA honors NCAA Division III individuals for their academic and athletic achievements during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. In order to qualify for the USTFCCCA “All-Academic Team”, the student athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met the NCAA Division III indoor or outdoor qualifying standard in his respective event during the 2008-09 school year.

McMillan, a two time CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American selection, is one of the most honored athletes in Augustana history. He 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 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 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.

McMillan was selected as the Senior Athlete of the Year at Augustana by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at the school’s annual Blanket Award Dinner in May. He was also a two time winner of the Jack Swartz Award in the CCIW and was the Vikings team MVP four years in a row. He sported a 3.54 grade point average with a major in chemistry.

Kubiak enjoyed an outstanding senior season that culminated with an All-American performance in the 3000 steeplechase at the NCAA Division III national meet at Marietta College in May. He ran the fastest time of his career with a clocking of 9:05.36 to take fifth in his final collegiate race. His time is the third best in Augustana history. Earlier in the season he won the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin title in the same event. A math and economics major, he graduated with a 3.43 grade point average.

Borchert exploded on the scene in his junior year after struggling with injuries through his first two years at Augustana. During the indoor season he ran a leg on the conference champion 1600 meter relay team that set a new league record with a time of 3:19.83. That 1600 relay team placed 10th in the NCAA Division III indoor national meet. In the outdoor campaign he handled the leadoff duties for the 1600 relay that recorded a season’s best time of 3:15.32 at the Augustana Twilight Qualifier. He also ran a leg on the CCIW champion 1600 relay, which clocked a time of 3:18.09 in winning the title in Kenosha, Wisconsin on May 2. Borchert, an English and philosophy major, carries a sparkling 3.96 grade point average into his senior year.