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June 8, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Five share MVP honors for men's track & field

Senior Max Petersen was one of five Augustana athletes to share the MVP award for the Vikings' after their CCIW championship season in 2010.

Five athletes shared the Most Valuable Performer award for the 2010 Augustana men’s track & field team after the Vikings put together a stellar season, culminating in a come-from-behind win in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship on May 8 in Wheaton. Senior sprinter Max Petersen (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) and sophomore hurdler Greg Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.) were the winners of the MVP-Track honor. Sophomore thrower Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.), senior thrower Darin Decker (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) and junior jumper Patrick Zeunik (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.) were the MVP-Field honorees.

Petersen, a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2009, served as team captain this past spring. He won CCIW titles in the 100 and 200 as well as the 400 relay as a junior and this year he placed second in the 100, third in the 200 and led off the victorious 400 relay team. Davis was a double winner in the 110 high hurdles (:15.04) and the 400 intermediate hurdles (:54.15) at the conference meet and he ran a leg on third place 1600 relay team. He met the NCAA Division III qualifying standard in both hurdle events and qualified in the 1600 relay as that unit recorded a time of 3:13.35 at the Drake Relays on April 24 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Christensen won the CCIW individual title in the discus with a toss of 160’ 9” and he earned NCAA Division III All-American honors with a third place finish (170’ 7”) at the national meet. That marked the second time in Christensen’s career that he earned All-American honors after finished sixth a year ago. He also set a new Augustana school record in the discus with a toss of 172’ 11” at the Viking Olympics on March 27. Decker won the shot at the CCIW meet with a throw of 52’ 8 ¾” on May 8. He qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet in the hammer with a mark of 184’ 10” at the Twilight Qualifier on May 21 at home. Zeunik finished second in the triple jump at the conference meet with a jump of 46’ 8” and he earned All-American honors by placing seventh at the NCAA Division III meet with a leap of 48’ 1 ¼”. Earlier in the spring he broke Geoff Smithers’ school record, which was set in 1968, with a leap of 48’ 2” at the Wartburg Select Meet on April 3 in Waverly, Iowa.  

Sprinters Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.) and Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) shared the MVP-Freshman for track events. Rindone won the 100 and 200 in the CCIW meet with times of :10.71 and :22.29. He also anchored the 400 meter relay team to victory in :41.92. Patton placed second in the 400 in the CCIW with a time of :48.98 and ran on the 1600 relay team with Davis that qualified for the national meet.

The MVP-Freshman for field events was shared by Chad Collins (Thornridge HS, Dolton, Ill.) and Colton VanKirk (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.). Collins was seventh in the CCIW triple jump (42’ 11”) and VanKirk placed sixth in the pole vault with a clearance of 13’ 9 ¼”.

Petersen was named the winner of the Most Inspirational award. Veteran head coach Paul Olsen, who was the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association “Midwest Region Coach of the Year”, also named captains for 2011. Distance runner Matt Bowman (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.), hurdler/decathlete Brendan Bradley (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.), pole vaulter Eric Chalus (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.), thrower Pat Hoefle (Lena-Winslow HS, Lena, Ill.), decathlete Alex Stake (Williamsville HS, Sherman, Ill.), distance runner Greg Weigand (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.), sprinter James Wood (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) and Zeunik will share the captaincy for 2011.

Augustana, which won the CCIW title for the second time in three years and for the 16 th time in school history, finished the year rated third in the NCAA Division III Dual Meet Power Rankings. The Vikings won the Early Spring Opener, Viking Olympics and the Meet of Champions and placed second in the Wartburg Select, Lee Calhoun Memorial and Fight Scot Invitationals.  

2010 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS TRACK & FIELD LETTERWINNERS

NAME

 

EVENT

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Don

Anciaux**

Sprints

Jr

Iowa City, Iowa (City High)

Dan

Bailey****(C)

Distance

Sr

Deerfield, Illinois (Deerfield)

Brett

Becker*

Sprints/Jumps

Fr

Cuba City, Wisconsin (Cuba City)

Brian

Benning**

Throws

So

Winnebago, Illinois (Winnebago)

Ryan

Bertrand*

Distance

So

Bolingbrook (Neuqua Valley)

Nick

Borchert**** (C)

Sprints/Middle Distance

Sr

Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny)

Matt

Bowman***

Distance

Jr

Elburn, Illinois (Geneva)

Brendan

Bradley***

Hurdles/Decathlon

Jr

Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein)

Ryan

Brummet*

Middle Distance

Fr

Port Byron, Illinois (Riverdale)

Patrick

Callan*

Hurdles

Fr

Libertyville, Illinois (Libertyville)

Sean

Carmody***

Distance

Jr

Rockford, Illinois (Winnebago)

Eric

Chalus***

Pole Vault

Jr

Rochelle, Illinois (Rochelle)

Phil

Christensen**

Throws

So

Maple Park, Illinois (Kaneland)

Thomas

Christian**

Distance

So

Port Angeles, Washington (Port Angeles)

Chad

Collins*

Jumps

Fr

Dolton, Illinois (Thornridge High)

Greg

Davis**

Hurdles

So

Carlinville, Illinois (Carlinville)

Darin

Decker****(C)

Throws

Sr

Moline, Illinois (Moline)

Matt

Deets**

Decathlon

So

Polo, Illinois (Polo Community)

Daniel

Doubet*

Middle Distance

Fr

Galesburg, Illinois (Galesburg)

Eric

Erspamer*

Distance

Jr

Bartlett, Illinois (Bartlett)

David

Etheridge*

Middle Distance

Jr

South Holland, Illinois (Thornwood)

Pat

Fritsch***

Distance

Sr

Bensenville, Illinois (Fenton)

Ethan

Gale*

Pole Vault

Fr

Oregon, Illinois (Oregon)

Mike

Gillhouse*

Middle Distance

Sr

Wheaton, Illinois (Benet Academy)

Brandon

Gittelman**

Distance

So

Naperville, Illinois (Naperville Central)

Thomas

Harris*

Distance

Fr

Davenport, Illinois (Assumption)

Brian

Hart***

Distance

Sr

St. Louis, Missouri (University City)

Patrick

Hoefle***

Throws

Jr

Lena, Illinois (Lena – Winslow)

Nick

Jones****

Sprints

Sr

Chicago Heights, Illinois (Homewood Flossmoor)

Brad

Keating***

Distance

Jr

Cary, Illinois (Cary Grove)

Jarrett

Kessel***

Middle Distance

Jr

Sublette, Illinois (Amboy)

Marty

King**

Hurdles

So

Oswego, Illinois (Oswego)

Jeff

Lackaff***

Javelin

Sr

Downers Grove, Illinois (Downers Grove North)

Jason

Langslet***

Middle Distance

Jr

Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein)

Nathan

Maass**** (C)

Jumps

Sr

Naperville, Illinois (Naperville Central)

Kevin

Macek*

Throws

Fr

Orland Park, Illinois (Carl Sandburg)

Floyd

Mays*

Sprints

Fr

Chicago, Illinois (Mooseheart)

Kyle

McNicholas*

Distance

Fr

Orland Park, Illinois (Carl Sandburg)

Alex

Mikos***

Pole Vault

Jr

Wood Dale, Illinois (Fenton)

Jeff

Miller*

Distance

Sr

Algonquin, Illinois (Dundee Crown)

Ryan

Miller**

Distance

Jr

Crystal Lake, Illinois (Crystal Lake Central)

Joe

Murphy*

Distance

Sr

Naperville, Illinois (Neuqua Valley)

Adam

Myers**

Throws

So

Dixon, Illinois (Dixon)

Matt

Nagel*

Distance

Sr

Lake Zurich, Illinois (Lake Zurich)

Matt

Nykaza*

Throws

Jr

Oak Lawn, Illinois (Brother Rice HS)

Andrew

Nice**

Pole Vault

So

Caledonia, Illinois (Christian Life)

Dennis

O’Flaherty*

Middle Distance

Fr

Orland Park, Illinois (Carl Sandburg)

Jacob

O’Rourke*

Sprints

Fr

Bettendorf, Iowa (Davenport Assumption)

Devon

Pace*

Sprints

Fr

Byron, Illinois (Byron)

Greg

Patton*

Sprints/Middle Distance

Fr

Bloomington, Illinois (Bloomington)

Max

Petersen**** (C)

Sprints

Sr

Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein)

Brian

Pollastrini*

Distance

Fr

Elmhurst, Illinois (York)

Tom

Ries**

Distance

Sr

Iowa City, Iowa (Iowa City Regina)

Taylor

Riley**

Middle Distance

Jr

Winnebago, Illinois (Winnebago)

Zach

Riley***

Middle Distance

Sr

Winnebago, Illinois (Winnebago)

Alex

Rindone*

Sprints

Fr

Geneva, Illinois (Marmion Academy)

Steven

Rogers*

Middle Distance

Fr

Crystal Lake, Illinois (Crystal Lake South)

Jonathan

Smith*

Distance

Fr

Moline, Illinois (Moline)

Justin

Smith*

Middle Distance

Fr

Bensenville, Illinois (Fenton)

Matt

Somers***

Sprints/Middle Distance

Jr

Naperville, Illinois (Naperville Central)

Alex

Stake***

Decathlon

Jr

Sherman, Illinois (Williamsville)

Billy

TenBusch**

Distance

So

Cary, Illinois (Prairie Ridge)

Mike

Tisza**

Middle Distance

So

Prospect Heights, Illinois (Hersey)

Michael

Tovar*

Jumps

So

Chicago, Illinois (Mooseheart)

Colton

Vankirk*

Pole Vault

Fr

Rochelle, Illinois (Rochelle)

Greg

Weigand***

Middle Distance

Jr

Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton Warrenville South)

Mike

Weiner*

Middle Distance

Sr

Naperville, Illinois

Lucas

Westblade*

Distance

Jr

Hillsdale, Michigan (Will Carleton Academy)

Tim

Whisler**

Throws

Jr

Des Plaines, Illinois (Maine West)

Kyle

Williams*

Sprints

Fr

Lake Zurich, Illinois (Lake Zurich)

Billy

Wisser*

Distance

So

Mount Prospect, Illinois (Hersey)

James

Wood***

Sprints

So

St. Charles, Illinois (St. Charles North)

Joseph

Zahn*

Middle Distance

Fr

Moline, Illinois (Moline)

Jimmy

Zars**

Pole Vault

So

Elmhurst, Illinois (York)

David

Zeko****

Hurdles

Sr

Sheridan, Illinois (Somonauk)

Patrick

Zeunik***

Triple Jump

Jr

Bloomington, Illinois (Bloomington Central Catholic)

Chris

Zook****(C)

Distance

Sr

Normal, Illinois (Normal Community)

HEAD COACH: Paul Olsen

ASSISTANT COACHES: Chad Thomas, Doug Sand, David Gonzalez, Luke Cooley, Mike Pettis, Ron Standley, Enyo Dewith, & John Furlong