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June 23, 2010

2010 Season - 2010 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW

Billy TenBusch finished 16th in the CCIW meet last year. He was a consistent top-five performer for the Vikings at the end of the 2009 season.

GENERAL INFORMATION
NAME: Augustana
CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201
FOUNDED: 1860
NICKNAME: Vikings
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold
HOME COURSE: Highland Springs Golf Course in southwest Rock Island, Illinois and Credit Island in Davenport, Iowa
ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)
PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

CROSS COUNTRY HISTORY
FIRST YEAR OF CROSS COUNTRY: 1959
CCIW CHAMPIONS: (2) 1969 & 1970
NCAA APPEARANCES: (22) 1967-17th; 1969-19th; 1970-12th; 1971-9th; 1972-10th; 1973-6th; 1974-5th; 1975-17th; 1976-14th; 1977-22nd; 1979-4th; 1980-2nd; 1981-17th; 1984-9th; 1986-8th; 1988-19th; 1989-11th; 1990-11th; 1991-11th; 1992-5th; 1993-9th; 1996-10th; 2007-15th; 2008 – 21st
CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: (7) 1970-Mark Pealstrom; 1984-Shemi Sabag; 1988-Dave Terronez; 1989-Dave Terronez; 1990-Sandu Rebenciuc; 1991- Sandu Rebenciuc; 1996- Ambo Bati.
NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: (3) 1988-Dave Terronez; 1989-Dave Terronez; 1991-Sandu Rebenciuc.
CC COACHES ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC AWARD: Team (1997 - 1998 – 1999 – 2000 – 2001 - 2006)

SPORTS INFORMATION
SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath
SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265
SID FAX: (309) 794-7525
SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath, Sports Information Director, Carver PE Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 61201
WRATH'S E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu
AUGUSTANA INTERNET ADDRESS: www.augustana.edu
 
COACHING STAFF
HEAD COACH: Paul Olsen (Luther 1965)
OLSEN AT AUGUSTANA: 44 years…Two conference cross country championships in school history (1969 & 1970)...24 NCAA appearances...11 top 10 team finishes in NCAA Division III championship meets...23 NCAA Division III All-American selections...Seven CCIW individual champions...Three individual NCAA Division III national champions…Elected to the Illinois Cross Country/Track & Field Coaches Association “Hall of Fame” in 2004…Inducted into the Augustana Tribe of Vikings “Hall of Fame” in 2005.
CROSS COUNTRY OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7257
BEST TIME TO REACH OLSEN: Mornings
ASSISTANT COACH: Doug Sand
TRAINER: Rochel Rittgers (Northern Iowa 1981)

TEAM INFORMATION
2009 HIGHLIGHTS: Augustana took second in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship and seventh at the NCAA Midwest Regional…The Vikings won the Western Illinois Invitational and Dean Huston Invitational, finished second at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational, and third at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championship and UW-Oshkosh Invitational.

2009 AUGUSTANA MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SUPERLATIVES

INVITATIONAL FINISHES
Western Illinois Invitational on 9/4 in Macomb, Illinois—1st of 6 with 24 points
Illinois Intercollegiate Championship on 9/18 in Normal, Illinois—3rd of 25 with 91 points
Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on 9/25 in Davenport, Iowa—2nd of 26 with 70 points
Dan Huston Invitational on 10/10 in Waverly, Iowa—1st of 13 with 37 points
Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational on 10/17 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin—3rd of 35 with 151 points
CCIW Championship on 10/31 in Elmhurst, Illinois—2nd of 8 with 54 points
NCAA Midwest Regional on 11/14 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin—7th of 39 with 175 points

INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 FINISHES
Augustana Open on 9/1 in Davenport, Iowa (Credit Island)—1st, Nathan Smith in 21:16...2nd, Jonathan Smith in 21:27...5th, Kyle McNicholas in 21:41...7th, Brian Pollastrini in 22:16...9th, Justin Smith in 22:30...10th, Dennis O’Flaherty in 22:38.

Western Illinois Invitational on 9/4 in Macomb, Illinois—1st, Dan Bailey in 25:48...3rd, Billy Wisser in 25:59...5th, Mike Tisza in 26:06...6th, Matt Bowman in 26:12...9th, Brian Hart in 26:19.

Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on 9/25 in Davenport, Iowa (Credit Island)—10th, Billy Wisser in 25:46.

Dan Huston Invitational on 10/10 in Waverly, Iowa—3rd, Chris Zook in 26:03...5th, Billy Wisser in 26:14...6th, Daniel Bailey in 26:16.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational on 10/17 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin—5th, Chris Zook in 24:31.

CCIW Championship on 10/31 in Elmhurst, Illinois—10th, Chris Zook in 27:20.

NCAA Midwest Regional on 11/14 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin—8th, Chris Zook in 24:43

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Matt Bowman, Thomas Christian, Eric Erspamer, Pat Fritsch, Mike Gillhouse, Brian Hart, Tommy Harris, Jeff Miller, Ryan Miller, Brian Pollastrini, Justin Smith, Nathan Smith, Billy TenBusch, Mike Tisza, Chris Zook

MOST VALUABLE RUNNER – Chris Zook
MOST IMPROVED – Lucas Westblade
MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN – Jonathan Smith
MOST IMPROVED FRESHMAN – Tommy Harris, Paul Hurd, Kyle McNicholas
MOST INSPIRATIONAL – Dan Bailey, Brian Hart, Jeff Miller, Chris Zook
CAPTAINS FOR 2009 – Dan Bailey, Brian Hart, Chris Zook
CAPTAINS-ELECT FOR 2010 – Matt Bowman, Sean Carmody, Brad Keating

LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: 21
LETTERWINNERS LOST: 5
TOP SEVEN RETURNING (4): Billy Wisser (Hersey HS., Mt. Prospect, Ill.), Junior…Billy TenBusch (Cary HS., Prairie Ridge, Ill.), Junior...Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), Sophomore...Mike Tisza (Hersey HS, Prospect Heights, Ill.), Junior

TOP SEVEN LOST (3): Chris Zook (Normal Community HS, Normal, Ill.)...Dan Bailey (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.)...Brian Hart (University City HS, St. Louis, Mo.)