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October 6, 2010

2010 Season - Men's Cross Country up to 13th in NCAA poll

Brad Keating and Thomas Christian, shown here in action at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational, are part of a Vikings' men's cross country team that is currently ranked 13th in NCAA Division III.

Despite being idle last week, Augustana moved one spot each in both the NCAA Division III national and Midwest Region polls in men’s cross country. The Vikings are now 13 th in the nation and fifth in the Midwest Region after being 14 th and sixth, respectively, a week ago. The poll is conducted by the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

Head coach Paul Olsen’s team will have a golden opportunity to prove itself this weekend (Saturday, October 9) at the Wartburg Invitational in Waverly, Iowa. That meet will serve as the pre-national meet because it will held on the same course that will host the NCAA Division III meet in November.

The Vikings were second at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on Friday, September 24 at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois, and after that Augustana made a huge jump in the NCAA Division III men’s cross country national ranking. The Vikings went from 28 th to 14 th in the national poll. This week the Vikings accumulated 178 points in the national poll.

Augustana won the Western Illinois Invitational on September 3 in Macomb, Illinois and then placed fourth at the 32-team Illinois Intercollegiate Championships on September 17 in Normal, Illinois.

2010 NCAA DIVISION III MIDWEST NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY POLL

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

as of 10/06/10

RANK

SCHOOL

POINTS

REGION

CONFERENCE

LAST WEEK

1.

North Central (8)

280

Midwest

CCIW

1

2. (tie)

Washington

266

Midwest

UAA

2

2. (tie)

Allegheny

266

Mideast

NCAC

3

4.

SUNY-Geneseo

257

Atlantic

SUNYAC

5

5.

St. Lawrence

246

Atlantic

Liberty

8

6.

Haverford

239

Mideast

Centennial

4

7.

Wisconsin-Platteville

232

Midwest

WIAC

7

8.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

221

Midwest

WIAC

13

9.

Brandeis

217

New England

UAA

9

10.

Calvin

205

Great Lakes

MIAA

6

11.

NYU

203

Atlantic

UAA

11

12.

Dickinson

179

Mideast

Centennial

18

13.

AUGUSTANA

178

Midwest

CCIW

14

14.

Carnegie Mellon

176

Mideast

UAA

10

15.

Keene State

169

New England

Little East

15

16.

Wisconsin-Whitewater

155

Midwest

WIAC

17

17.

M.I.T.

152

New England

NEWMAC

16

18.

Willamette

149

West

Northwest

32

19.

Oberlin

143

Great Lakes

NCAC

19

20.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire

137

Midwest

WIAC

20

(first place votes in parentheses)