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June 11, 2012

2012 Season - 2012 MEN'S TRACK & FIELD SEASON REVIEW

The Vikings' 1600 relay team of Greg Patton, David Voland, Alex Rindone and Daniel Doubet celebrate with head coach Paul Olsen on the award stand after finishing second in the NCAA Division III national meet in Claremont, California.

Seven All-America athletes in five events helped lead coach Paul Olsen's Augustana track & field team to a seventh-place finish at this year's NCAA Division III Championships in Los Angeles, California. It was the Vikings' 13th top ten national finish under Olsen and the highest since a fourth-place performance in 1996. The 2012 season also included a second-place finish at the CCIW Championships, where Augustana won eight events. In addition, four school records fell this season.

The Vikings' top finish at the national meet came in the 4x400 relay. Juniors Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.), Daniel Doubet (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, Ill.) and Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.), along with freshman David Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) ran a second-place 3:10.70 in the finals, breaking the school record of 3:11.64 they had set in the prelims two days earlier. The 4x100 unit featuring Rindone and Voland and freshmen David Devore (Midland HS, Midland, Mich.) and Keith Cline (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.) set a school record of :40.88 in the preliminaries and ran a fourth-place :41.06 in the finals.

Voland, with a third-place :51.60 in the 400 hurdles, had Augustana's top individual finish at the national meet. After a school-record 21.17 in the 200 prelims, Rindone took fifth in the finals with a :21.31. Senior Adam Myers (Dixon HS, Dixon, Ill.) broke his own school record by one inch with an eighth-place heave of 194' 1" in the hammer.

Rindone, the team's MVP for track events, was also a three-time CCIW champion this year, taking the 200 (:21.75) and anchoring the winning 4x100 (:41.55) and 4x400 (3:13.44) relays. Devore, Patton and Cline preceded him in the 4x100 while senior Greg Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.), Patton and Voland ran the first three legs of the 4x400. Davis was also a conference champion in the 110 hurdles, running 15 seconds flat. Other Vikings to win CCIW titles this year included Voland in the 400 hurdles (:52.21), freshman Torre Harrell (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) in the long jump (23' ½"), junior Brian Pollastrini (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) in the 5000 (15:15.16) and junior Ethan Gale in the decathlon (5,912).

Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.), who was a national qualifier in the discus, shared MVP for field events with fellow seniors Myers and Brian Benning (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.). Already the school-record holder in the discus, Christensen's season best of 165' 3" won the eight-team Viking Olympics and helped Augustana to the team title there. The Vikings also bested eight other teams at the Meet of Champions and finished second at the 10-team Viking Open and 13-team Lee Calhoun Memorial. They were fourth at the seven-team Wartburg Select.

Junior Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.)-who along with seniors Mike Tisza (Hersey HS, Prospect Heights, Ill.) and Matt Bowman (Geneva HS, Elburn, Ill.) was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection-was named most Improved for the Vikings. He was a national qualifier in the 1500, running a season-best of 3:51.76. Tisza, Bowman and classmate Matt Deets (Polo HS, Polo, Ill.) were named Most Inspirational. Middle distance runner Joe Puetz (Dunlap HS, Dunlap, Ill.) was named Most Improved Freshman.

2012 CCIW OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

May 4-5, 2012 @ Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.
TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 285; 2. AUGUSTANA 216.5; 3. Carthage 106.5; 4. Wheaton 66; 5. Millikin 41; 6. Illinois Wesleyan 40; 7. North Park 35; 8. Elmhurst 27

INDIVIDUAL EVENT WINNERS 

100 - Carleston Acres, Millikin :10.89; 200 - Alex Rindone, AUGUSTANA :21.75; 400 - Jon Howard, North Central :48.22;  800 - Luke Vance, Wheaton 1:51.48; 1500 - Parker Thompson, Wheaton 3:51.06; 5000 - Brian Pollastrini, AUGUSTANA 15:15.16; 10,000 - Dan Kerley, North Central 31:08.60; 110 HH - Greg Davis, AUGUSTANA :15.00; 400 IH - David Voland, AUGUSTANA :52.21; 3000 Steeplechase - Jake Austin, Elmhurst 9:16.23; 4x100 relay - AUGUSTANA :41.55 (David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone); 4x400 relay - AUGUSTANA 3:13.44 (Greg Davis, Greg Patton, David Voland, Alex Rindone); High Jump - Trevor James, Carthage 6" 10¼"; Pole Vault - John Wood, North Central 17' ¾"; Long Jump - Torre Harrell, AUGUSTANA 23' ½"; Triple Jump - Joey Pacione, Illinois Wesleyan 45' 9¾"; Shot Put - Greg Raimondi, Carthage 53' 1½"; Discus - Greg Raimondi, Carthage 160' 5"; Hammer Throw - Greg Raimondi, Carthage 190' 7"; Javelin - David Johansson, North Park 199' 10"; Decathlon - Ethan Gale, AUGUSTANA 5,912.

2012 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA: Hammer Throw - Adam Myers, 8th place 194' 1"; 200 - Alex Rindone, 5th place :21.31; 400H - David Voland, 3rd place :51.60; 4x400 Relay - Greg Patton, Daniel Doubet, David Voland and Alex Rindone, 2nd place 3:10.70; 4x100 Relay - David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone, 4th Place :41.06.

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORDS: 200 - Alex Rindone, :21.17 at the NCAA Division III Championships on May 24, breaking his own record of :21.21 set in 2011; 4x100 Relay - David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline and Alex Rindone, :40.88 at the NCAA Division III Championships on May 24, breaking the previous record of :41.00 set by Terry McMillan, Kofi Osei, Tom Sparkman and Mike Meyer in 1980; 4x400 Relay - Greg Patton, Daniel Doubet, David Voland and Alex Rindone, 3:10.70 at the NCAA Division III Championships on May 26, breaking their own record of 3:11.64 set in 2012; Hammer Throw - Adam Myers, 194' 1" at the NCAA Division III Championships on May 25, breaking his own record of 194' 0" set in 2012.

COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA: 

COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Matt Bowman, Mike Tisza, Justin Smith.

USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Greg Patton, David Voland, David Devore, Adam Myers, Justin Smith

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: 200 - Alex Rindone, :21.75; 5000 - Brian Pollastrini, 15:15.16; 110 HH - Greg Davis, :15.00; 400 IH - David Voland, :52.21; 4x100 relay - David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone, :41.55; 4x400 relay - Greg Davis, Greg Patton, David Voland, Alex Rindone 3:13.44; Long Jump - Torre Harrell, 23' ½"; Decathlon - Ethan Gale, 5,912.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL QUALIFIERS 

Hammer Throw - Adam Myers; 200 - Alex Rindone; 400H - David Voland; 4x400 Relay - Greg Patton, Daniel Doubet, David Voland and Alex Rindone; 4x100 Relay - David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone; 1500 - Justin Smith; Discus - Phil Christensen.

AUGUSTANA TEAM AWARDS

MVP (track): Alex Rindone; MVP (field): Phil Christensen, Adam Myers, Brian Benning; Most Improved: Justin Smith; Most Improved Freshman: Joe Puetz; Most Inspirational: Mike Tisza, Matt Bowman, Matt Deets; 2013 Captains: Alex Rindone, Justin Smith, Ethan Gale, Brian Pollastrini, Kevin Macek.

INDIVIDUAL & RELAY CHAMPIONS IN INVITATIONALS

Viking Open 03/24/12 Rock Island, Ill.: 100 - Alex Rindone, :10.89; 400H - David Voland, :54.12; 3000 - Brian Pollastrini, 8:36.89; Discus - Phil Christensen, 160' 9"; Hammer Throw - Adam Myers, 184' 10"; Long Jump - Torre Harrell 22' 9¾".

Viking Olympics 03/30/12 Rock Island, Ill.: 4x100 Relay - :41.88; 1500 - Justin Smith, 3:56.87; 800 - Joe Zahn, 1:55.24; 400H - David Voland, :53.95; 200 - Alex Rindone, :21.52; 4x400 Relay - 3:16.45; Discus - Phil Christensen, 165' 3"; Long Jump - Torre Harrell, 23' 6¼";  Pole Vault - Jeff Padesky, 14' 4½"; 4x800 - 7:51.51; 5000 - Jonathan Smith, 15:00.49.

Wartburg Select 04/06/12 Waverly, Iowa: 200 - Jay Graffagna, :22.67; 1500 - Justin Smith, 3:54.66; 400H - David Voland, :52.68; 4x400 Relay - 3:14.46; Long Jump - Torre Harrell, 23' 2 ¾".

Western Illinois Invitational 04/13-14/12 Macomb, Ill.: Javelin - Luke Anderson, 167' 5"; 400 - Greg Patton, :48.79; 4x400 Relay - 3:15.56.

Meet of Champions 04/21/12 Rock Island, Ill.: 10,000 - Matt Bowman, 30:31.22; 3000 Steeplechase - Tyler Busch, 9:28.51; 400 - Greg Patton, :48.43; 400H - David Voland, :51.96; 200 - Alex Rindone, :21.79; 4x400 Relay - 3:12.71; Discus - Phil Christensen, 163' 10"; 4x800 Relay - 8:13.60.

Dr. Keeler Invitational 05/10-11/12 Naperville, Ill.: 4x100 Relay -- :41.13; 200 - Alex Rindone, :21.62; Discus - Phil Christensen, 157' 11".

Augustana Twilight Qualifier 05/18/12 Rock Island, Ill.: 4x100 Relay - :41.08; 1500 - Justin Smith, 3:51.76; 110H - Greg Davis, :15.56; 800 - Vincenzo Dal Pozzo, 1:53.08; 400H - David Voland, :51.56; 200 - Alex Rindone, :21.65; 3000 Steeplechase - Andrew Allabastro, 10:09.7; 4x400 Relay - 3:13.39; Long Jump - Torre Harrell, 23' 4".

AUGUSTANA TEAM FINISHES

USTFCCCA POWER RANKING: 4th

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET: 7th in nation
CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2nd place with 216.5 points
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Viking Olympics, 03/30/12; Meet of Champions, 04/21/12.
OTHER MEETS: Viking Open, 03/24/12 - second; Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays, 04/13-14/12 - second; Wartburg Select, 04/06/12 - fourth.