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September 10, 2009

2009 Season - Vikings stay 11th in NCAA Cross Country Poll

After an impressive opening week of the 2009 men’s cross country season, the Augustana Vikings have stayed in 11 th place in the NCAA Division III national poll. The poll, conducted by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association, was released today. The Vikings of veteran head coach Paul Olsen garnered 196 points to stay in 11 th, the same position they were in when the pre-season poll was announced on August 29.

Augustana opened the 2009 season with a pair of strong showings last week. On Tuesday, September 1 the freshmen on the team got into the act first by running at the Augie Early Opener. Nathan Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) and Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) went one-two in that meet to lead the way.

Three days later the entire team competed at the Western Illinois Invitational and senior Dan Bailey (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.) won the individual title and the Vikings scored an easy team victory with just 24 points in the seven team field. Augustana put five runners in the top nine and had seven in the top 11.

North Central is the number one ranked team in the nation with 279 points while Wisconsin-LaCrosse is second with 270.

2009 NCAA DIVISION III CROSS COUNTRY POLL

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

as of 09/10/09

RANK

SCHOOL

REGION

TOTAL

1.

North Central

Midwest

279

2.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Midwest

270

3.

SUNY Cortland

Atlantic

267

4.

Williams

New England

255

5.

SUNY-Geneseo

Atlantic

248

6.

Allegheny

Mideast

239

7.

Calvin

Great Lakes

231

8.

UW-Platteville

Midwest

224

9.

Dickinson

Mideast

218

10.

Amherst

New England

207

11.

AUGUSTANA

Midwest

196

12.

Brandeis

New England

185

13.

Heidelberg

Great Lakes

185

14.

NYU

Atlantic

180

15.

UW-Stevens Point

Midwest

170

16.

Nebraska Wesleyan

Central

160

17.

UW-Oshkosh

Midwest

149

18.

Emory

South/Southeast

145

19.

Saint John’s

Central

135

20.

St. Lawrence

Atlantic

129