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February 9, 2011

2011 Season - Vikings stay at second in national poll

Freshman Andrw Allabastro anchored Augustana's distance medley relay team to victory at the UW-Whitewater Invitational. The Vikings are currently ranked second in NCAA Division III.

The Augustana men’s track & field team stayed in second place in the NCAA Division III outdoor power rankings this week. The Vikings moved from 143.86 points a week ago to 146.99 point this week. North Central remained in first place with 159.36 points. The poll is conducted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Augustana opened the 2011 season by winning 16 events at the Sol Butler Invitational in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday, January 15. The Vikings followed that by winning five events at the Midwest Invitational in Monmouth, Illinois on Saturday, January 22. On January 29, at the Wartburg Invitational, the Vikings scored 316 points, won eight events and set four meet records. Wartburg, which is currently ranked 11 th in the nation, was a distant second place in the meet with 173 points.

Last week Augustana placed fifth at the Wisconsin-Whitewater Invitational with 60.5 points. Finishing ahead of the Vikings in the meet were UW-LaCrosse (ranked 5 th), North Central (ranked 1 st), UW-Whitewater (unranked) and UW-Oshkosh (ranked 4 th).

The poll continues to have a decided Midwest flavor as the top five teams, and six of the top eight, in the nation are from the Midwest Region.

Augustana will compete in the Augustana Open at home on Saturday, February 12.

2011 NCAA DIVISION III OUTDOOR POWER DUAL MEET POWER RANKING

Sponsored by the USTFCCA

As of 02/09/11

POLL #3

RANK

SCHOOL

REGION

POINTS

1.

North Central

Midwest

159.39

2.

Augustana

Midwest

146.99

3.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Midwest

146.62

4.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Midwest

144.61

5.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Midwest

143.58

6.

Nebraska Wesleyan

Central

140.79

7.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New England

139.41

8.

Monmouth

Midwest

137.37

9.

Williams

New England

136.48

10.

Ithaca

Atlantic

135.88