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February 8, 2012

2012 Season - Vikings increase total, drop to 16th

Sophomore Kierra Smith has the best time for the Vikings in two hurdle events and the 300 so far this season. Augustana is currently ranked 16th in the NCAA Division III indoor dual meet rankings.

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – A great finish by the Augustana women's track and field team at the Jim Green Invitational on Saturday, February 4 in Jacksonville, Illinois helped boost the Viking's point total this week in the NCAA Division III dual meet rankings. However the Vikings dropped to 16th in the latest poll despite the increase from 116.55 points last week to 119.96 points this week.

This poll, conducted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, quantifies the depth of each team. The team's total score is the sum of all points earned in each event. Two individual athletes are scored per event, as well as one relay team. The points are based on the best marks of an event in the current season, with the faster times and farther distances worth more.

This week Massachusetts Institute of Technology flip-flopped with Wisconsin-Oshkosh at the top of the rankings. MIT has 145.39 points while Oshkosh has 142.60. Ithaca (140.14) stayed put in the third position.

So far this season the Vikings have competed in a total of four meets. On January 14th, Augustana competed in Dubuque, Iowa at the Sol Butler Classic, finishing second of nine teams. The Vikings then competed at the Midwest Invitational on January 21st at Monmouth College, finishing with five even winners. No team scores were kept at that meet. On January 28th, head coach Fred Whiteside's team competed at the Wartburg Select meet in Waverly, Iowa. The Vikings were second in the three team event, including four event winners. This past weekend the Vikings placed third of 19 teams at the Jim Green Invitational hosted by Illinois College.

The Vikings will host its own invitational on Saturday, February 11 in the PepsiCo Center.

2012 NCAA DIVISION III INDOOR DUAL MEET POWER RANKINGS

Sponsored by the USTFCCA

As of 02/07/2012

POLL #3

RANK

SCHOOL

REGION

POINTS

1.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New England

145.39

2.

University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Midwest

142.60

3.

Ithaca

Atlantic

140.14

4.

Wartburg

Central

138.33

5.

North Central

Midwest

136.60

6.

University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse

Midwest

136.29

7.

Southern Maine

New England

129.64

8.

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Midwest

126.82

9.

Illinois Wesleyan

Midwest

124.62

10.

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Midwest

123.52

11.

Christopher Newport

South

123.37

12.

Ohio Wesleyan

Great Lakes

122.77

13.

Nebraska Wesleyan

Central

121.37

14.

College of New Jersey

Atlantic

121.37

15.

Washington University

Midwest

121.02

16.

AUGUSTANA

Midwest

119.96

17.

Tufts

New England

117.26

18.

St. Lawrence

Atlantic

116.08

19.

Bates

New England

115.70

20.

Emory

South

115.47