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November 5, 2009

2009 Season - Vikings 11th in latest NCAA Poll

After a second place finish at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin meet on Saturday, October 31 in Elmhurst, Illinois the Vikings lost only to top ranked North Central College. The Vikings of veteran head coach Paul Olsen went from 10 th to 11 th in the weekly rankings, which were released today by the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

Augustana was led by senior captain Chris Zook (Normal Community HS, Normal, Ill.) who finished 10 th and was the first non-North Central runner to cross the finish line. The Vikings scored 54 points and freshman Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) was named CCIW “Freshman of the Year”.

The Vikings prepare to race in the Midwest Regional on Saturday, November 14 which will be held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Midwest Regional will feature four top ten ranked teams, North Central (first), Wisconsin-LaCrosse (second), UW-Stevens Point (fifth), and UW-Platteville (ninth).

2009 NCAA DIVISION III CROSS COUNTRY POLL

Conducted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)

As of 11/05/09  

RANK

SCHOOL

REGION

TOTAL

1.

North Central

Midwest

280

2.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Midwest

270

3.

SUNY-Geneseo

Atlantic

266

4.

SUNY-Cortland

Atlantic

255

5.

UW-Stevens Point

Midwest

246

6.

Allegheny

Mideast

235

7.

NYU

Atlantic

227

8.

Dickinson

Mideast

219

9.

UW-Platteville

Midwest

219

10.

Williams

New England

214

11.

AUGUSTANA

Midwest

193

12.

Willamette

West

190

13.

Emory

Southeast

182

14.

Carnegie Mellon

Mideast

170

15.

Haverford

Mideast

168

15.

Calvin

Great Lakes

168

17.

St. Lawrence

Atlantic

162

18.

Nebraska Wesleyan

Central

138

19.

Southern Maine

New England

129

20.

UW-Whitewater

Midwest

129