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May 20, 2011

2011 Season - Two near-school records in Twilight Qualifier

Sophomore Alex Rindone ran the open 400 for the first time in his career on Friday night at the Twilight Qualifier and nearly broke the school record of :47.84 set in 1980 by Augustana All-American Mike Meyer.

In the final regular season meet of the 2011 season, the number one ranked Augustana men’s track & field team unleashed some tremendous performances on Friday, May 20 at the Twilight Qualifier at Paul V. Olsen Track. The Vikings hit NCAA qualifying eight times throughout the course of the meet and twice came tantalizingly close to breaking school records.

Sophomore Alex Rindone (Marmion HS, Marmion, Ill.) flirted with one of the most venerable records on the books when he dug into the starting blocks for the 400. Rindone, who earlier in the week was named the team’s MVP for track events, was running the open 400 for the first time in his life. He ripped off a blazing :47.96, which is the just .12 off the school record of :47.84 set by All-American Mike Meyer in 1980. Rindone qualified for the NCAA meet with his time, as did fellow sophomore Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.), who chased him to the finish line in second with a clocking of :48.21. Senior James Wood was fourth in :48.71.

The other near-miss in the school record department came in the hammer throw when junior Adam Myers (Dixon HS, Dixon, Ill.) uncorked a toss of 185’ 5” to take second and qualify for the NCAA meet. The current school record is just two inches beyond Myers’ throw. It is 185’ 7” and belongs to Tom McIntyre, who recorded that in 2005.

Senior Patrick Zeunik (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.), who was the Vikings’ MVP for field events this year, was a double winner on Friday night. He met the NCAA qualifying standard in both the triple jump (49’ 3 ½”) and the long jump (22’ 6 ¼”). Sophomore Chad Collins (Thornridge HS, Dolton, Ill.) placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 44’ 4 ¾”.

Junior Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.) was fourth in the discus but hit NCAA qualifying with his throw of 170’ 4”. Freshman Nick Sinon (Kaneland HS, Elburn, Ill.) won the high jump with an NCAA mark of 6’ 9”. The 400 meter relay team of freshman Jay Graffagna (Geneva HS, LaFox, Ill.), Patton, Wood and Rindone placed second with an NCAA qualifying time of :41.51.

Sophomore Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) led a sweep of the first five places in the 1500 when he won in 4:03.73. Senior Tim Faith-Rosley (Glenbrook South HS, Glenview, Ill.) was second in 4:08.58 with freshman Andrew Allabastro (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.) taking third in 4:11.00. Senior Ryan Miller (Crystal Lake Central HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.) was fourth in 4:14.13 and freshman Kevin Gray (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) took fifth in 4:15.09.

Sophomore Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) won the 5000 in 15:10.91 and Miller was second in 15:47.73. Junior Brandon Gittelman (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) finished fifth in 16:02.58.

Junior Greg Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.) was third in both the 110 high hurdles (:15.14) and the 400 intermediate hurdles (:54.51). Senior Brendan Bradley (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) placed fourth in 400 hurdles (:55.37) and fifth in the 110 high hurdles (:15.53). Senior Jason Langslet (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) was third in the 800 in 1:54.82 and freshman Edgar Valle (Kaneland HS, Elburn, Ill.) took fifth in 1:56.88.

Senior Alex Mikos (Fenton HS, Wood Dale, Ill.) was third in the javelin with a toss of 158’ 4”. Graffagna placed fourth in the 100 in :11.23. The 1600 relay team of sophomore Daniel Doubet (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, Ill.), sophomore Ryan Brummet (Riverdale HS, Port Byron, Ill.), freshman Steve Zahrobsky (Downers Grove South HS, Woodridge, Ill.) and freshman Matt Dickey (Benet Academy, Downers Grove, Ill.) placed fourth in 3:16.64. Freshman Jared Spivey (Annawan HS, Annawan, Ill.) was fifth in the 200 in :23.41.