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2009 Men's Indoor Track Review

 

 

2009 MEN’S INDOOR TRACK REVIEW

 

Ted McMillan and Kyle Ekberg earn All-American honors; Vikings end the season ranked seventh in NCAA Division III power ranking; Augustana claims five events at CCIW; McMillan named “Field Athlete of the Meet”

 

When it comes to recapping the 2009 Augustana men’s track & field indoor season, the hard part is where to begin. The Vikings of veteran head coach Paul Olsen had an outstanding indoor campaign, culminating with an 11th place finish in the NCAA Division III national meet on March 14 at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.

 

Along the way, however, the team piled up several noteworthy achievements. Augustana finished the season ranked seventh in the final NCAA Division III dual meet power rankings as compiled by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. The Vikings began the season ranked number one in the nation and never fell out of the top 10, finishing the year with 153.22 points. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the top spot with 161.93 points.

 

Two Vikings, seniors Ted McMillan (Erie HS, Cordova, Ill.) and Kyle Ekberg (Rockford Christian HS, Rockford, Ill.) earned NCAA Division III All-American honors. McMillan placed second in the national meet in the pentathlon with 3,721 points and finished fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 6’ 8 ¾”. Junior Ted McMillan (Erie HS, Cordova, Ill.) claimed fifth place in the high jump with a leap of 6’ 8 ¾”. Ekberg took seventh in the 400 with a time of :49.59.

 

Augustana had national meet qualifiers in seven events with McMillan in four of those (55 hurdles, pentathlon, high jump and 1600 relay). Ekberg was in the 400 and 1600 relay while Steve Sulfridge (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) met the qualifying standard in the pole vault and Pat Zeunik (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.) did so in the triple jump. Joining McMillan and Ekberg in the 1600 relay were Evan Holschbach (Princeton HS, Princeton, Ill.) and Nick Borchert (Ankeny HS, Ankeny, Iowa).

 

The record book took a beating this past winter with seven school records falling by the wayside. Ekberg had a hand (or foot) in three of those. He took down the 400 (:49.32) and 600 (1:22.06) by himself and then joined with McMillan, Borchert and Holschbach to set a new mark in the 1600 relay (3:18.34). McMillan set new records in the 55 hurdles (:07.68) and pentathlon (3,721). Holschbach established a new school record in the 300 (:35.87) and Andy Kubiak (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) is the new school record holder in the 2000 (5:36.23).

 

McMillan was named the “Field Athlete of the Meet” at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin meet, which was held in Bloomington, Illinois on February 27-28. He won the pentathlon, high jump, 55 hurdles and anchored the 1600 relay with Holschbach, Borchert and Ekberg running the first three legs. He established new conference records in the pentathlon (3,603 points) and the high jump (6’ 9 ½”) and the 1600 relay team ran 3:19.83, which is also a new league mark. Pat Zeunik (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.) also won an individual conference title when he took the triple jump with a leap of 46’ 2 ¾”.

 

The Vikings placed second in the CCIW team race, scoring 174 points while North Central claimed the team title with 222.

 

It didn’t take long for Augustana to make its mark in the indoor season as the Vikings scored a narrow victory in the Chicago Invitational on January 17. The Vikings scored 158 points to beat the hosting Maroons by three points. One week later the Blue & Gold won the Midwest Invitational by scoring 282 points in Monmouth on January 24 to defeat a very good host team by nearly 100 points in the five team meet.

 

Next on the schedule was a dual meet with Wartburg and the Vikings pounded the Knights 128-64 in Waverly, Iowa on January 31. At the Warhawk Invitational in Whitewater, Wisconsin on February 6, Augustana took on some of the best teams in the nation and came away with a fifth place finish with 71 points. After a 96-72 dual meet win over St. Ambrose on February 14, the Vikings competed in several open meets until they finished second in the CCIW meet on February 27-28.

 

When the final NCAA Division III dual meet rankings were released, the power of the Midwest was evident. The first seven teams: Wisconsin-Oshkosh (161.93), Wisconsin-Stevens Point (160.48), Wisconsin-LaCrosse (157.25), North Central (157.16), Wisconsin-Eau Claire (156.21), Wisconsin-Whitewater (156.19) and Augustana (153.22) are all in the Midwest Region. Rounding out the top 10 were St. Thomas (151.20), Tufts (149.65) and Carthage (146.43).

 

2009 CCIW INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

February 27-28, 2009

Shirk Center – Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois

TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 222; 2. AUGUSTANA 174; 3. Carthage 124; 4. Illinois Wesleyan 48; 5. Wheaton 36; 6. Millikin 28; 7. Elmhurst 25; 8. North Park 6.

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENT WINNERS

55 – Kieron Boyd, Millikin :06.47

200 – Kieron Boyd, Millikin :22.61

400 – Greg Jackson, North Central :49.14          

800 – Jacob Austin, North Central 1:54.92

Mile –Brian McConnell, Elmhurst 4:10.70

3000 – Michael Spain, North Central 8;25.84

5000 – Kyle Brady, North Central 14:40.62

55 Hurdles – TED MCMILLAN, AUGUSTANA :07.79

1600 Relay – AUGUSTANA (EVAN HOLSCHBACH, NICK BORCHERT, KYLE EKBERG, TED MCMILLAN) 3:19.83

Distance Medley – North Central  10:17.20

High Jump – TED MCMILLAN, AUGUSTANA 6’ 9 ½” (CCIW RECORD)

Pole Vault – Jake Winer, North Central 16’ 4 ¾”

Long Jump – Buzzy Brown, Carthage 23’ 1 ¼”

Pentathlon – TED MCMILLAN, AUGUSTANA 3,603 points (CCIW RECORD)

Triple Jump – PAT ZEUNIK, AUGUSTANA 46’ 2 ¾”

Shot Put –  Spencer Williams, Carthage 50’ 7 ½”

Weight Throw – Darien West, Illinois Wesleyan 54’ 5 ½”

 

2009 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

FINAL INDOOR NATIONAL RANKING: 7th

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL INDOOR MEET – 11th in team standings

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP – Ted McMillan, 2nd place in pentathlon (3,721 points) & 5th in the high jump (6’ 8 ¾”)…Kyle Ekberg 7th in 400 (:49.59)…1600 relay (Evan Holschbach, Nick Borchert, Ekberg, McMillan) 10th place in 3:20.97.

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICAN – Ted McMillan in the pentathlon (3,721 points) and high jump (6’ 8 ¾) and Kyle Ekberg in 400 (:49.59)

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET QUALIFIERS – Kyle Ekberg (400)…Ted McMillan (55 hurdles, high jump, pentathlon)…Steve Sulfridge (pole vault)…Pat Zeunik (triple jump)…Evan Holschbach, Nick Borchert, Ekberg, McMillan (1600 relay)

INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL RECORDS – Evan Holschbach, 300 (:35.87) at Midwest Invitational in Monmouth, Illinois on 01/24/09 – breaks old record of :36.03 set by Holschbach in 2008…Kyle Ekberg, 400 (:49.32) at CCIW championship in Bloomington, Illinois on 02/28/09 – breaks old record of :49.91 set by Ekberg in 2008…Kyle Ekberg, 600 (:1:22.06) at Midwest Invitational in Monmouth, Illinois on 01/24/09 – breaks old record of 1:22.10 set by Jim McDannald in 1999…Andy Kubiak, 2000 (5:36.23) at Augustana Invitational in Rock Island, Illinois on 02/14/09 – breaks old record of 5:38.94 set by Randy Bill in 2004…Ted McMillan, 55 hurdles (:07.68) at Stevens Point Open in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on 03/07/09 – breaks old record of :07.69 set by McMillan in 2007…Ted McMillan, pentathlon (3,721 points) at NCAA Division III national meet in Terre Haute, Indiana on 03/14/09 – new record – first time event has been contested…Evan Holschbach, Nick Borchert, Kyle Ekberg, Ted McMillan in 1600 relay (3:18.34) at Stevens Point Open on 03/07/09 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin – breaks old record of 3:19.15 set in 2007 by Ekberg, McMillan, Eric Peekenshnieder, Dillon Smith.

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN FINISH – 2nd with 174 points

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN INDIVIDUAL & RELAY CHAMPIONS – Ted McMillan – 55 hurdles (:07.79)…Ted McMillan – pentathlon (3,603 points)…Ted McMillan – high jump (6’ 9 ½”)…Pat Zeunik – triple jump (46’ 2 ¾”)…1600 relay – Evan Holschbach, Nick Borchert, Kyle Ekberg, Ted McMillan (3:19.83)

TEAM INVITATIONAL TITLES – Chicago Invitational on 01/17/09 with 158 points…Midwest Invitational on 01/24/09 with 282 points.

 

INVITATIONAL INDIVIDUAL & RELAY CHAMPIONS

University of Chicago Invitational in Chicago, Illinois on 01/17/09 – High Jump (Ted McMillan) 6’ 9 ½”…55 hurdles (Ted McMillan) :07.89…1600 Relay (Kris Hinchley, Kyle Ekberg, Marty King, Evan Holschbach) 3:29.19…200 (Evan Holschbach) :23.14…400 (Kyle Ekberg) :50.36…5000 (Billy Wisser) 15:34.41.

Midwest Invitational in Monmouth, Illinois on 01/24/09 – 600 (Kyle Ekberg) 1:22.06…55 hurdles (Ted McMillan) :08.08…High Jump (Ted McMillan) 6’ 5 ½”…55 (Max Petersen) :06.63…3000 (Andy Kubiak) 8:53.78…5000 (Dan Bailey) 15:20.18…Triple Jump (Pat Zeunik (45’ 7”)…1600 Relay (James Wood, Kyle Ekberg, Evan Holschbach, Ted McMillan) 3:22.66.

Warhawk Invitational in Whitewater, Wisconsin on 02/06/09 – 55 High Hurdles (Ted McMillan) :07.77.

Dubuque Open in Dubuque, Iowa on 02/21/09 – 55 High Hurdles (Ted McMillan) :07.90…1600 Relay (Evan Holschbach, Kyle Ekberg, Nick Borchert, Ted McMillan) 3:20.84…Mile (Dan Bailey) 4:21.72…3000 (Andy Kubiak) 8;38.73…400 (Greg Davis) :51.83…5000 (Pat Fritsch) 16:26.31…Shot Put (Brian Benning (45’ 11”).

 

FINAL NCAA DIVISION III DUAL MEET POWER RANKINGS

(as voted by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association)

1 – Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 161.93

2 – Wisconsin-Steven Point, 160.48

3 – Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 157.25

4 – North Central, 157.16

5 – Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 156.21

6 – Wisconsin-Whitewater, 156.19

7 – AUGUSTANA, 153.22

8 – St. Thomas, 151.20

9 – Tufts, 149.65

10 – Carthage, 146.43