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June 1, 2004

2004 MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK REVIEW

VIKINGS ONCE AGAIN TURN IN SUPERB EFFORT IN 2004 TRACK & FIELD SEASON; RANDY BILL, JASON WILLIAMS, TOM MCINTIRE AND

KEN LARSON SHARE MOST VALUABLE HONORS

 

The Augustana Vikings men’s track & field program has long been the model of consistency and excellence and the 2004 season was one more shining example of that. Veteran head coach Paul Olsen finished his 36th season as the head coach and like the 35 previous years it was a year filled with success, both individual and team. The Vikings won a pair of invitationals, the Early Spring Opener on March 20 and the Viking Olympics on April 3. In three other invitationals the Blue & Gold placed second, the Monmouth Invitational on March 27, the Wartburg Select on April 10 and the Midwest Championships on May 21. In addition, Augustana was second in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for the 19th time in the last 20 years. The Vikings were also third in two other invitationals.

 

Four individual athletes won College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championships on May 7-8 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Junior Nick Johnson (Lincoln Way HS, New Lenox, IL) repeated his 2003 victory in the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 9:20.85. Senior Jason Williams (Decatur MacArthur HS, Decatur, IL) won a narrow race in the 800 with a time of 1:54.35, besting teammate Mike Bartlett (Highlands Ranch HS, Littleton, CO) by the slimmest of margins. Bartlett, the 2002 champ in the 800, placed second in 1:54.37. Senior Ken Larson (Providence Catholic HS, New Lenox, IL) won the triple jump with a leap of 45’ 5 �” and Tom McIntire (Galva HS, Galva, IL) set a new conference record in the hammer throw with a test of 159’ 8”.

 

Williams and senior distance runner Randy Bill (Bureau Valley HS, Buda, IL) shared the Most Valuable Runner award while McIntire and Larson were the co-winners of the Most Valuable Field athlete in a vote of their teammates.

 

Six Augustana athletes met the NCAA Division III qualifying standards in their respective event, including three in the 3000 steeplechase. Bill ran 9:08.8 on May 14 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, Illinois. That event also produced the national qualifying marks of Johnson (9:15.8) and senior Chris Coon (Sterling HS, Sterling, IL), who ran 9:21.7. Bartlett was under the national qualifying standard in the 800 with a time of 1:53.22 in the Dr. Keeler Invitational. Freshman Jason Petit (Rochester HS, Rochester, IL) qualified in the pole vault when he cleared 15’ 2 �” at the Meet of Champions at Ericson Field on April 17. McIntire tossed the discus 157’ 2” at the Monmouth Invitational on April 20 to complete the list of Vikings who met the national qualifying marks.

 

Although six athletes qualified provisionally, only Johnson and Bill actually participated in the national meet. Johnson was ninth in the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 9:16.52 and Bill took 11th in 9:22.18.

 

McIntire set the only school record for the Vikings in 2004 with a toss of 163’ 6” in the hammer throw at the Western Illinois Invitational in Macomb, Illinois on May 1. He took down the previous record of 161’ 3” by David Gonzalez in 2003.

 

Petit was named the Most Valuable Freshman field event performer while Dillon Smith (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, IL) was the Most Valuable Freshman track athlete. The Most Improved Athlete honor was shared by senior thrower Kevin Mahoney (Oak Park-River Forest HS, Elmwood, IL), senior middle distance runner Jeff Svehla (Libertyville HS, Libertyville, IL) and sophomore sprinter Drew Letko (Crete Monee HS, Crete, IL). Bartlett and senior distance runner Ryan Chapman (Eureka HS, Congerville, IL) were the co-recipients of the Most Inspirational Athlete award. The 2005 captains-elect are sprinter Jason Myers (Prairie Central HS, Fairbury, IL), thrower Doug Cochrane (Kirksville HS, Kirksville, MO) and Johnson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN MEN’S TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

May 7-8, 2004

Titan Stadium at Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois

 

PLACE

TEAM

POINTS

1.

North Central

219

2.

Augustana

149

3.

Wheaton

125

4.

Carthage

115

5.

Millikin

97.5

6.

Illinois Wesleyan

72

7.

Elmhurst

24.5

8.

North Park

14

 

 

EVENT

WINNER

SCHOOL

MARK

100

Frank Taylor

Millikin

:10.67

200

Frank Taylor

Millikin

:21.76

400

Fred Ketchum

Wheaton

:50.69

800

Jason Williams

Augustana

1:54.35

1500

Andy Hubner

North Central

3:56.19

5000

Andy Enright

North Central

15:29.89

10,000

Nick Hird

North Central

31;46.25

110 Hurdles

Brandon Strode

North Central

:14.56

400 Hurdles

Brian Wright

North Central

:56.21

3000 Steeplechase

Nick Johnson

Augustana

9:20.85

400 Relay

 

Millikin

:41.60

1600 Relay

 

Illinois Wesleyan

3:18.15

Long Jump

Steve Schmidt

North Central

22’ 4 �”

High Jump

Kyle Groth

Carthage

6’ 8”

Triple Jump

Ken Larson

Augustana

45’ 5 �”

Pole Vault

Kyle Stumpenhorst

North Central

15’ 8 �”

Shot

Ben Reedy

Wheaton

49’ 6 �”

Discus

James Hoxworth

Wheaton

156’ 4”

Javelin

Mike Bragg

Illinois Wesleyan

179’ 1”

Hammer

Tom McIntire

Augustana

159’ 8”

Decathlon

Nate Mealy

Wheaton

5,755

 

2004 AUGUSTANA MEN’S TRACK & FIELD SUPERLATIVES

COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN – Nick Johnson

MOST VALUABLE TRACK PERFORMER – Randy Bill & Jason Williams

MOST VALUABLE FIELD PERFORMER – Tom McIntire & Ken Larson

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN TRACK PERFORMER – Dillon Smith

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN FIELD PERFORMER – Jason Petit

MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE – Kevin Mahoney, Drew Letko, Jeff Svehla

MOST INSPIRATIONAL ATHLETE – Ryan Chapman & Mike Bartlett

2005 CAPTAINS-ELECT – Jason Myers, Doug Cochrane & Nick Johnson

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION – Nick Johnson (3000 steeplechase), Jason Williams (800), Ken Larson (triple jump) & Tom McIntire (hammer)

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET QUALIFIERS – Nick Johnson (3000 steeplechase), Randy Bill (3000 steeplechase), Chris Coon (3000 steeplechase), Mike Bartlett (800), Jason Petit (pole vault) & Tom McIntire (discus)

SCHOOL RECORD HAMMER THROW – Tom McIntire, 163’ 6”