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September 29, 2011

2011 Season - Former Augie star nabs record

1994 Augustana graduate Sandu Rebenciuc has been named the American record holder in the 3000 meter steeple chase in the men's 35 to 39 age group. Rebenciuc ran 8:30.45at the 2004 Olympic Trials, besting the existing record of 8:38, set by Mike Manley in the 1970's. Rebenciuc has had trouble claiming the record due to a problem stemming from paperwork and the fact that he didn't immediately submit his mark for ratification.

1994 Augustana graduate Sandu Rebenciuc has been named the American record holder in the 3000 meter steeple chase in the men's 35 to 39 age group. Rebenciuc ran 8:30.45at the 2004 Olympic Trials, besting the existing record of 8:38, set by Mike Manley in the 1970's. Rebenciuc has had trouble claiming the record due to a problem stemming from paperwork and the fact that he didn't immediately submit his mark for ratification.

During his time at Augustana, the Romanian-born Rebenciuc excelled at his craft. Over his career, he won a total of seven NCAA Division III national championships, as well as fourteen All-American certificates. Rebenciuc was also a seven time College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin champion in track and a two time winner in cross country. He won two indoor titles at 1500 meters (1992 &1993), four outdoor crowns (1500 in 1992 and '93, 10,000 in 1992, and the steeplechase in 1993), and was the national cross country champion in 1991. Rebenciuc continues to hold seven Augustana school records. He was elected to the Augustana Tribe of Vikings in the fall of 2008.