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April 20, 2011

2011 Season - Vikings claim top spot in national poll

Sophomore Brian Pollastrini, shown here during his NCAA Division III qualifying 10,000 at the Meet of Champions, is part of the Augustana men's track & field team that has climbed to the top of the national polls.

Despite miserable conditions last week at the Meet of Champions, the Augustana men’s track & field team put together enough good performances to move to the top of the chart in the weekly NCAA Division III Track & Field Team Dual Meet Rankings. The Vikings jumped from third to first with 213.90 points, which is over 15 points more than their total of 198.47 points from the April 12 th ranking. This poll is conducted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Whitworth is currently second with 210.30 points and North Central, the defending NCAA Division III national champion both indoors (2011) and outdoors (2010), is third with 208.23 points. Bates (195.75), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (192.99), Redlands (192.63), Nebraska Wesleyan (192.59), Claremont-McKenna-Harvey-Mudd-Scripps (192.36), Williams (187.03) and Washington (184.83) rounded out the top 10.

Augustana won the Meet of Champions, contested in rain, snow and cold temperatures, on Saturday, April 16 with 191.5 points. So far this season the Blue & Gold has competed in five meets. The Vikings won their dual meet with St. Ambrose by a score of 154-54 on March 19 in Rock Island, Illinois Iowa and finished first in the Viking Olympics on March 26. On Saturday, April 2, Augustana finished second at the Wartburg Select meet in Waverly, Iowa. On April 9, at the Lee Calhoun Invitational, Augustana finished second in a field of 16 that included four NCAA Division I teams.

Augustana will compete on Saturday, April 23 at the Dubuque Open in Dubuque, Iowa.

2011 NCAA DIVISION III OUTDOOR POWER DUAL MEET POWER RANKING

Sponsored by the USTFCCA

As of 04/20/2011

POLL #3

RANK

SCHOOL

REGION

POINTS

1.

Augustana

Midwest

213.90

2.

Whitworth

West

210.30

3.

North Central

Midwest

208.23

4.

Bates

New England

195.75

5.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New England

192.99

6..

Redlands

West

192.63

7.

Nebraska Wesleyan

Central

192.59

8.

Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps

West

192.36

9.

Williams

New England

187.03

10.

Washington

Midwest

184.83