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October 12, 2011

2011 Season - Vikings ranked 12th in men's cross country

Mike Tisza has been the number one runner for Augustana in two meets so far this season for the 12th ranked Vikings.

After finishing second to unranked Loras last weekend at the Dan Huston Invitational in Waverly, Iowa, Augustana dropped two notches in the NCAA Division III national cross country rankings. Head coach Paul Olsen’s team garnered 176 points and fell from 10 th to 12 th place in the poll released today by the United States Track & Field/ Cross Country Association.

After starting the season in the 20 th position, the Vikings moved to 12 th for two weeks, went to 11 th following a dominating win at the 33-team Brissman-Lundeen Invitational on Friday, September 23. A week ago they jumped up to 10 th before falling to 12 th this week.

So far this season, Augustana has a win at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational, runner-up finishes at the Luther and Dan Huston Invitational and a sixth at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships.

The national poll is filled with teams hailing from the Viking’s Midwest Region. Nine teams from the region cracked the top 30, with Augustana’s College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin rival North Central holding onto the number one spot it has held the entire season. Midwest region teams joining them include Washington (5 th), Wisconsin-Oshkosh (8 th), Augustana (12 th), Wisconsin-LaCrosse (16 th), Chicago (18 th), Wisconsin-Stevens Point (20 th), Wisconsin-Platteville (21 st), and Wheaton (29 th).

Augustana will face some of the top teams in the nation this Saturday, October 15 at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

USTFCCA WEEKLY POLL #5 (as of 10/12/11)

RANK

SCHOOL

POINTS

REGION

CONFERENCE

LAST WEEK

1.

North Central (5)

277

Midwest

CCIW

1

2.

Haverford (3)

274

Mideast

Centennial

2

3.

Calvin

265

Great Lakes

MIAA

3

4.

Dickinson

245

Mideast

Centennial

6

5

Washington

242

Midwest

UAA

4

6.

Middlebury

238

New England

NESCAC

13

7.

MIT

230

New England

NEWMAC

7

8.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

225

Midwest

WIAC

7

9.

Bates

220

New England

NESCAC

22

10.

St. Lawrence

203

Atlantic

Liberty

11

11.

SUNY-Geneseo

190

Atlantic

SUNYAC

5

12.

AUGUSTANA

176

Midwest

CCIW

10

13. (tie)

Williams

173

New England

NESCAC

9

13. (tie)

NYU

173

Atlantic

UAA

13

15.

Wabash

169

Great Lakes

NCAC

14