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August 24, 2011

2011 Season - Pre-season poll has Vikings ranked 20th

The Augustana Vikings will open the 2011 men's cross country season ranked 20th in the NCAA Division III national poll.

With less than a week before the opening of the 2011 men’s cross country season, the first NCAA Division III national poll has been release and Augustana is already drawing national recognition. The Vikings of veteran head coach Paul Olsen are ranked 20 th in the preseason ranking, which is conducted by the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

A year ago, Augustana was ranked 20 th in the final regular season poll heading into the NCAA Midwest Regional. After an eighth place finish in the regional meet, the Vikings slipped to 331 st in the final national poll. With six runners from last year’s top seven returning, optimism is high in the Augustana camp.

Senior Mike Tisza (Hersey HS, Prospect Heights, Ill.) won the 5000 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin track meet last spring and he leads a veteran group under the tutelage of Paul Olsen, who will be entering his 46 th season as the Vikings’ head coach. Augustana will begin the 2011 season on Thursday, September 1 with the Early Opener at Sylvan Island Park in Moline, Illinois. The next night, Friday, September 2, the Vikings will compete in the Western Illinois Invitational in Macomb, Illinois.

The pre-season poll has a huge representation from the Midwest Region, where Augustana will compete for one of five spots in the NCAA Division III national meet. Led by North Central, which is the number one ranked team in the nation, a total of seven teams from the Midwest Region have cracked the top 20.

2011 NCAA DIVISION III MIDWEST NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY POLL

conducted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)

as of 08/24/11

RANK

SCHOOL

POINTS

REGION

CONFERENCE

LAST WEEK

1.

North Central (7)

279

Midwest

CCIW

 

2.

Calvin (1)

267

Great Lakes

MIAA

 

3.

St. Lawrence

258

Atlantic

Liberty

 

4.

Haverford

249

Centennial

Mideast

 

5.

Washington

244

Midwest

UAA

 

6.

Dickinson

241

Mideast

Centennial

 

7.

Williams

231

Northeast

NESCAC

 

8.

SUNY-Geneseo

225

Atlantic

SUNYAC

 

9.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

220

Midwest

WIAC

 

10.

Middlebury

195

Northeast

NESCAC

 

11.

NYU

188

Atlantic

UAA

 

12.

Elizabethtown

179

Mideast

Middle Atlantic

 

13.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

178

Midwest

WIAC

 

14.

Wabash

175

Great Lakes

North Coast

 

15.

Wheaton

164

Midwest

CCIW

 

16.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

150

Midwest

WIAC

 

17.

M.I.T.

143

Northeast

NEWMAC

 

18.

Hamline

132

Central

Minnesota Intercollegiate

 

19.

Bates

124

Northeast

NESCAC

 

20.

AUGUSTANA

106

Midwest

CCIW

 

(first place votes in parentheses)