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April 12, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Vikings are second in first poll

The outdoor track season is underway and the first release of the dual meet power rankings has come out. The Augustana Vikings men's track and field team is ranked second in the inaugural outdoor power ranking. The power ranking is sponsored by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) and it encompasses the top two performances by each team in every event.

The current rankings have Augustana with 192.67 points. Augustana is currently the only member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin in the top 25. Whitworth University (195.43) holds the top spot in the rankings. The first set of ranking show a balance of power throughout the nation as the top ten includes three teams from the Midwest and South regions, and two from the West and Great Lakes regions. Washington University in Missouri (168.78) and University of Wisconsin-Platteville (154.33) are the other two teams that represent the Midwest region in the top ten ranking sixth and tenth respectively. Emory University (186.01) and Lynchburg College (170.57), both of the South region, and University of Redlands (169.04), of the West region, round out the top five.

The Vikings placed 2 nd in the Lee Calhoun Invitational on the campus of Western Illinois in Macomb on April 9 and10. The Vikings will be hosting the Meet of Champions in Rock Island on Friday April 16 and April 17.

2010 NCAA DIVISION III OUTDOOR POWER DUAL MEET POWER RANKING

Sponsored by the USTFCCA

As of 04/06/10

POLL #1

RANK

SCHOOL

REGION

POINTS

1.

Whitworth University

West

195.43

2.

AUGUSTANA

Midwest

192.67

3.

Emory University

South

186.01

4.

Lynchburg College

South

170.57

5.

University of Redlands

West

169.84

6.

Washington University

Midwest

168.78

7.

Ohio Northern

Great Lakes

167.70

8.

Ohio Wesleyan

Great Lakes

164.24

9.

Christopher Newport

South

154.54

10.

Wisconsin-Platteville

Central

154.33