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June 20, 2012

2012 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW

Justin Smith, who was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team in 2011-12, will be one of five top-seven runners returning for the Vikings in 2012.

GENERAL INFORMATION
NAME: Augustana
CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201
FOUNDED: 1860
NICKNAME: Vikings
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold
HOME COURSE: Highland Springs Golf Course in southwest Rock Island, Illinois and Credit Island in Davenport, Iowa
ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)
PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

CROSS COUNTRY HISTORY

FIRST YEAR OF CROSS COUNTRY: 1959
CCIW CHAMPIONS: (2) 1969 & 1970
NCAA APPEARANCES: (24) 1967-17th; 1969-19th; 1970-12th; 1971-9th; 1972-10th; 1973-6th; 1974-5th; 1975-17th; 1976-14th; 1977-22nd; 1979-4th; 1980-2nd; 1981-17th; 1984-9th; 1986-8th; 1988-19th; 1989-11th; 1990-11th; 1991-11th; 1992-5th; 1993-9th; 1996-10th; 2007-15th; 2008 - 21st
CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: (7) 1970-Mark Pealstrom; 1984-Shemi Sabag; 1988-Dave Terronez; 1989-Dave Terronez; 1990-Sandu Rebenciuc; 1991- Sandu Rebenciuc; 1996- Ambo Bati.
NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: (3) 1988-Dave Terronez; 1989-Dave Terronez; 1991-Sandu Rebenciuc.
CC COACHES ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC AWARD: Team (1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2006)

SPORTS INFORMATION

SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath
SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265
SID FAX: (309) 794-7525
SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath, Sports Information Director, Carver PE Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 61201
WRATH'S E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu
AUGUSTANA INTERNET ADDRESS: www.augustana.edu

COACHING STAFF

HEAD COACH: Paul Olsen (Luther 1965)
OLSEN AT AUGUSTANA: 46 years...Two conference cross country championships in school history (1969 & 1970)...24 NCAA appearances...11 top 10 team finishes in NCAA Division III championship meets...24 NCAA Division III All-America selections... Seven CCIW individual champions...Three individual NCAA Division III national champions...Elected to the Illinois Cross Country/Track & Field Coaches Association "Hall of Fame" in 2004...Inducted into the Augustana Tribe of Vikings "Hall of Fame" in 2005.
CROSS COUNTRY OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7257
BEST TIME TO REACH OLSEN: Mornings
ASSISTANT COACH: Doug Sand

TRAINER: Rochel Rittgers (Northern Iowa 1981)

TEAM INFORMATION

2011 HIGHLIGHTS: Augustana took third at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship and seventh at the NCAA Midwest Regional...The Vikings won the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational and finished second at the Luther All-American Invitational and Dan Huston Invitational.

2011 AUGUSTANA MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY SUPERLATIVES

INVITATIONAL FINISHES

Luther All-American Invitational on 09/10 in Decorah, Iowa - 2nd of 17 with 67 points

Illinois Intercollegiate on 09/16 in Normal, Illinois - 6th of 32 with 154 points

Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on 09/23 in Rock Island, Illinois - 1st of 32 with 43 points

Dan Huston Invitational on 10/08 in Waverly, Iowa - 2th of 12 with 72 points

Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational on 10/15 in Winneconne, Wisconsin - 10th of 47 with 278 points

CCIW Championship on 10/29 in Chicago, Illinois - 3nd of 8 with 76 points

INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 FINISHES

Luther All-American Invitational on  09/10 in Decorah, Iowa - 2nd, Mike Tisza in 20:35...6th, Jonathan Smith in 20:44

Brissman-Lundeen Invitational on 09/23 in Rock Island, Illinois (Saukie Golf Course) - 5th, Mike Tisza in 25:06.5...7th, Jonathan Smith in 25:12.0.

Dan Huston Invitational on 10/08 in Waverly, Iowa - 2nd, Brian Pollastrini in 26:15...3rd Jonathan Smith in 26:16...7th, Mike Tisza in 26:24

CCIW Conference Cross Country Championships on 10/29 in Chicago, Illinois (Montrose Harbor) - 10th, Jonathan Smith in 26:04.

Luther JV Cup on 11/04 in Decorah, Iowa - 2nd, Nick Gornick in 26:44.1

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Andrew Brimeyer, Tyler Busch, Thomas Christian, Nicholas Gornick, Thomas Harris, Patrick Manser, Dennis O'Flaherty, Alexander Odenkirk, Brian Pollastrini, Jonathan Smith, Justin Smith, Nathan Smith, Michael Tisza, Isaac Trostle

CCIW "RUNNER OF THE WEEK": Jonathan Smith on September 27

CCIW "JACK SWARTZ AWARD": Mike Tisza

MOST VALUABLE RUNNER - Mike Tisza

MOST IMPROVED - Justin Smith

MOST VALUABLE FRESHMAN - Nick Gornick

MOST IMPROVED FRESHMAN - Andrew Brimeyer

MOST INSPIRATIONAL - Mike Tisza, Thomas Christian, Billy TenBusch, Colin Johnson

CAPTAINS FOR 2011 - Mike Tisza, Thomas Christian

CAPTAINS-ELECT FOR 2012 - Jonathan Smith, Brian Pollastrini, Tommy Harris

LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: 16
LETTERWINNERS LOST: 6

TOP SEVEN RETURNING (5): Nick Gornick (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.), Sophomore...Brian Pollastrini (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.), Senior...Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), Senior...Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.), Senior...Nathan Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.), Senior.

 

TOP SEVEN LOST (2): Billy TenBusch (Cary HS., Prairie Ridge, Ill.)...Mike Tisza (Hersey HS, Prospect Heights, Ill.).