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August 27, 2009

2009 Season - Vikings ranked 11th in first poll

The 2009 men’s cross country season does not officially start until Tuesday, September 1 but already the Augustana Vikings are making some noise nationally. The first NCAA Division III poll was released today and veteran head coach Paul Olsen’s team is ranked 11 th. The poll was conducted by the United States Track & Field/Cross County Coaches Association.

Augustana, which has made two straight appearances in the NCAA Division III national meet and a total of 24 in the program’s history. Last year the Vikings were 21 st in the nation at the national meet after finishing fifth in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional. They were ranked 15 th heading into the national meet.

Olsen has over 60 runners on his roster and he welcomed back 20 letter winners and six top seven performers from a year ago. The first meet will be the Augustana Open on Tuesday, September 1 at Credit Island in Davenport, Iowa. Following that meet the Vikings will compete at the Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois on Friday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m.

2009 NCAA DIVISION III CROSS COUNTRY POLL

conducted by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)

as of 08/27/09

RANK

SCHOOL

REGION

TOTAL

1.

North Central

Midwest

278

2.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Midwest

270

3.

SUNY Cortland

Atlantic

267

4.

Williams

New England

256

5.

SUNY-Geneseo

Atlantic

248

6.

Allegheny

Mideast

239

7.

Calvin

Great Lakes

229

8.

UW-Platteville

Midwest

222

9.

Dickinson

Mideast

220

10.

Amherst

New England

206

11.

AUGUSTANA

Midwest

189

12.

Heidelberg

Great Lakes

188

13.

Brandeis

New England

186

14.

NYU

Atlantic

184

15.

UW-Stevens Point

Midwest

171

16.

Nebraska Wesleyan

Central

155

17.

UW-Oshkosh

Midwest

150

18.

Emory

South/Southeast

142

19.

Saint John’s

Central

135

20.

St. Lawrence

Atlantic

133