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April 20, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Men's Track & Field moves into top spot

Coming off an impressive victory in the Meet of Champions on Saturday, April 17, Augustana has moved into the top spot in the NCAA Division III dual meet rankings, it was announced today. Veteran head coach Paul Olsen’s Vikings were second a week ago with 192.67 points but they have now amassed 214.50 points and have overtaken Whitworth, the previous leader. Willamette is in second with 199.73 points while Claremont-McKenna-Harvey-Mudd-Scripps is in third with 197.61. North Central is fourth with 196.31 and Williams is fifth with 196.04. Whitworth dropped to sixth with 195.43 points.

Augustana roared to an easy win in the Meet of Champions, scoring 248.50 points to far outdistance runner-up Wisconsin-Oshkosh, which had 166.50 points. The Vikings defeated three teams (Wisconsin-Platteville, Carthage and Monmouth) in the Meet of Champions who are ranked in the top 205 of this week’s national poll.

So far this season Augustana has won championships at the Early Spring Opener and the Viking Olympics as well as the Meet of Champions. The Vikings were second at the Wartburg Select on April 2 and second at the Lee Calhoun Memorial on April 10.

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.

2010 NCAA DIVISION III OUTDOOR POWER DUAL MEET POWER RANKING

Sponsored by the USTFCCA

As of 04/20/10

POLL #1

RANK

SCHOOL

REGION

POINTS

1.

AUGUSTANA

Midwest

214.50

2.

Willamette

West

199.73

3.

Claremont-McKenna-Harvey-Mudd-Scripps

West

197.61

4.

North Central

Midwest

196.31

5.

Williams

New England

196.04

6.

Whitworth University

West

195.43

7.

Emory University

South

187.15

8.

Wisconsin-Platteville

Midwest

182.19

9.

St. John’s

Central

176.87

10.

Washington University

Midwest

176.55