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July 11, 2012

2012 Season - Vikings finish season ranked 21st in nation

Kierra Smith was an instrumental part in the Vikings' success during the 2012 season. She set a new school record in the 400 hurdles and was a member of the the distance medley relay that also set a new school record.

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The Augustana women's track and field team finished the 2012 season ranked 21 st in the NCAA Division III outdoor track & field dual meet rankings released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Vikings of veteran head coach Fred Whiteside were ranked in the top 25 all season long.

Augustana tallied 170.76 points in the final poll. Wartburg claimed the title of top team in the nation with 224.80 easily outdistancing runner-up Wisconsin-La Crosse who collected 203.79 points. Wisconsin-Oshkosh closes the season in third after tallying 202.33. Ithaca takes home fourth with 200.92 points and North Central rounds out the top five with 198.49.

The Vikings had a very successful season. Six different Augustana school records were rewritten during the year. Augustana also had two individual champions at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Outdoor Championships. Senior-to-be Sarahbeth Jones (Warren Township HS, Wadsworth, Ill.) competed in the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships in the 5000 meter run, finishing ninth.

 

2012 NCAA DIVISION III OUTDOOR DUAL MEET POWER RANKINGS

Sponsored by the USTFCCA ** FINAL POLL

RANK

SCHOOL

REGION

POINTS

1.

Wartburg

Central

224.80

2.

Wisconsin-La Crosse

Midwest

203.79

3.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Midwest

202.33

4.

Ithaca

Atlantic

200.92

5.

North Central

Midwest

198.49

6.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Midwest

196.59

7.

M.I.T.

New England

191.83

8.

Tufts

New England

190.66

9.

Ohio Wesleyan

Great Lakes

187.40

10.

Wisconsin-Whitewater

Midwest

186.85

11.

Nebraska Wesleyan

Central

183.65

12.

Willamette

West

182.72

13.

Concordia-Moorhead

Central

182.63

14.

Williams

New England

178.91

15.

Illinois Wesleyan

Midwest

178.59

16.

Washington

Midwest

177.91

17.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Midwest

177.39

18.

Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps

West

174.11

19.

College of New Jersey

Atlantic

173.60

20.

California Lutheran

West

173.01

21.

Augustana

Midwest

170.76

22.

Emory

South

168.73

23.

Salisbury

Mideast

168.62

24.

Christopher Newport

South

168.50

25.

Bates

New England

167.62

-Story written by student assistant Paul Hurd