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October 22, 2010

2010 Season - Men's cross country stays in top 20 in nation

Augustana remained in the top 20 of the latest NCAA Division III men's cross country poll, ranking 18th. The Vikings are idle this week in preparation for the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship on Saturday, October 30 at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois.

A seventh place finish at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational last weekend caused the Augustana men’s cross country team to drop four spots in NCAA Division III national poll. The Vikings slid from 14 th to 18 h in the poll, which is conducted by the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

Augustana’s seventh place finish came in a field that was loaded with top ranked teams in NCAA Division III. The field included nine teams ranked in the top 25 in the national poll. The number one and two ranked teams in the nation (North Central and Washington) were in the field along with Wisconsin-Stevens Point (seventh), Calvin (eighth), New York University (ninth), Wisconsin-Whitewater (10 th), Wisconsin-Oshkosh (22 nd) and Grinnell (25 th).

North Central won the team title with 49 points. Augustana defeated two ranked teams (Wisconsin-Whitewater and Grinell) in the Oshkosh Invitational. So far this year, the Vikings have a fourth place finish at the Wartburg Invitational. They were second at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on Friday, September 24 at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois. They 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 10/21/10

RANK

SCHOOL

POINTS

REGION

CONFERENCE

LAST WEEK

1.

North Central (8)

280

Midwest

CCIW

1

2.

Allegheny

272

Mideast

NCAC

3

3.

SUNY-Geneseo

259

Atlantic

SUNYAC

4

4.

Calvin

252

Great Lakes

MIAA

8

5.

Haverford

249

Mideast

Centennial

6

6.

St. Lawrence

246

Atlantic

Liberty

5

7.

NYU

223

Atlantic

UAA

9

8.

Wisconsin-Platteville

220

Midwest

WIAC

16

9.

Washington

218

Midwest

UAA

2

10.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

209

Midwest

WIAC

7

11.

Williams

200

New England

NESCAC

11

12.

Wisconsin-Whitewater

191

Midwest

WIAC

10

13.

Dickinson

189

Mideast

Centennial

12

14.

Willamette

164

West

Northwest

15

15.

Bowdoin

162

New England

NESCAC

17

16.

Elizabethtown

154

Mideast

UAA

27

17.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

153

Great Lakes

NCAC

22

18.

AUGUSTANA

132

Midwest

CCIW

14

19.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

127

Midwest

WIAC

20

20.

Hamline

114

Midwest

WIAC

28

(first place votes in parentheses)