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March 5, 2011

2011 Season - Sinon, Rindone hit qualifying marks

Alex Rindone qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet with a time of :49.78 in the 400 at the Pointer Qualifier on Saturday, March 5 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

A small contingent of Augustana track athletes competed at the Pointer Qualifier in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on Saturday, March 5. Two Vikings met NCAA qualifying marks in their respective events.

Sophomore Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Aurora, Ill.) finished third in the 400 with a time of :49.78 to hit the qualifying standard. Freshman Nick Sinon (Kaneland HS, Elburn, Ill.) cleared 6’ 8 ¾” in the high jump and placed second, also eclipsing the NCAA standard.

Sophomore Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) was fifth in the mile with a time of 4:25.43 and sophomore Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.)  took seventh in the 400 in :49.97.

Augustana has a total of eight NCAA qualifying marks in the recently concluded indoor season. The NCAA Division III national meet will be held on March 11-12 at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to Rindone and Sinon, Patrick Zeunik (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.), Brian Benning (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.), Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.), Greg Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.) and the 1600 relay team of Rindone, James Wood (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) and Patton all hit the standard in their respective events.

Zeunik will be in the triple jump with a leap of 49’ 4 ½’ from the Warhawk Invitational on February 4. Sinon’s best leap in the high jump was this past weekend. Rindone’s top mark in the 400 was also this past weekend. Benning had a qualifying throw in the weight throw of 58’ 4” from the Augustana Invitational on February 12. Christensen actually qualified in two events with a mark of 60’ 2 ½” in the weight and 50’ 8 ¾” in the shot. Both of those came at the CCIW meet in Bloomington, Illinois over the weekend of February 25-26. Davis ran “07.75 in the 55 hurdles on February 26 in winning the CCIW title and the 1600 relay turned a time of 3;19.78, also at the CCIW championship.