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January 19, 2013

Rindone's school record highlights Midwest Invitational

Alex Rindone's time of :34.57 in the 300 Saturday at the Midwest Indoor Invitational established a new school record. Rindone was one of seven individual winners for Augustana and also ran on one of three winning Viking relay teams.

MONMOUTH, Ill-Senior Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.) broke a school record with a :34.57 in the 300, leading seven Augustana individual event winners at Saturday's Midwest Indoor Invitational at Monmouth College. Rindone also led off the 4x200 relay, one of three Viking quartets that claimed victories. No team scores were compiled.

Augustana had the top six finishers in the 300 and led by freshman Keith Sands (Untied Township HS, Silvis, Ill.), the top five in the 3000. Sands won in a time of 8:48.33, followed by senior Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) (8:50.29), junior Tyler Busch (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.) (9:00.03) and seniors Dennis O'Flaherty (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) (9:10.66) and Tommy Harris (Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) (9:39.56). Sophomore David Voland (Batavia H, Batavia, Ill.) was right behind Rindone's new standard in the 300, finishing in :35.38, followed by senior Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) (:35.40) and sophomores Keith Cline (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.) (:36.30) and Nowlan Savage (Arapahoe HS, Highlands Ranch, Colo.) (:36.50).  

Other individual winners for the Vikings included Voland, with an :08.61 in the 60 hurdles; junior Chris Madison (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) with a 1:27.28 in the 600; junior Edgar Valle (Kaneland HS, Elburn, Ill.), with a 1:59.74 in the 800; sophomore Justin Davidson (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, Ill.), who cleared 6' 5" in the high jump and senior Mike Tovar (Mooseheart HS, Chicago, Ill.), with a mark of 21' 5¼" in the long jump.  

Augustana won all three relay events. Rindone, junior Jay Graffagna (Geneva HS, La Fox, Ill.), senior Floyd Mays (Mooseheart HS, Justice, Ill.) and Cline took the 4x200 in 1:30.11. In the 4x400, it was freshman Benjamin Damisch (Burlington Central HS, Maple Park, Ill.), Madison, sophomore Kyle Bennett (Davenport West HS, Davenport, Iowa) and Valle winning in 3:30.85. The distance medley unit of sophomore Nick Gornick (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.), senior Ryan Brummet (Riverdale HS, Port Byron, Ill.), O'Flaherty and freshman Brian Lovejoy (Mt. Carmel HS, Chicago, Ill.) won in a time of 11:01.34.  

Senior Kevin Macek (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) took second in the weight throw (49' 11¾") and third in the shot (44' 9¾").  

Led by sophomore Jeffrey Padesky (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), the Vikings went 2-3-4 in the pole vault. Padesky cleared 14' 1¼" for second. Junior Erik Hansen (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) finished third with the same mark and sophomore Andrew Lulis (Lake Zurich HS, Lake Zurich, Ill.) was fourth, clearing 13' 7¼".  

In the mile, sophomore Matt Simo (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) ran a second-place 4:48.31 while classmate Bryan Long (Waukesha North HS, Waukesha, Wis.) was fourth in 4:56.97 and senior Paul Hurd (Wilton HS, Wilton, Iowa) fifth in 5:14.45.  

Freshman Cale McCormick (Mahomet-Seymour HS, Mahomet, Ill.) garnered a second-place finish as well, running a 1:28.73 in the 600 to finish just behind Madison.  

Cline and sophomore David Devore (Midland HS, Midland, Mich.) were third and fourth, respectively, in the 60 with times of :07.20 and :07.21. Bennett (:08.95) took third behind Voland in the 60 hurdles and Gornick (2:01.27) was third behind Valle in the 800.  

Sophomore Antonio Owens (Naperville North HS, Chicago, Ill.) (:23.16) and Graffagna (:23.45) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200, as did junior Jared Spivey (Annawan HS, Annawan, Ill.) (:53.04) and freshman Travis Goodwin (Simi Valley HS, Simi Valley, Ill.) (:54.22) in the 400 and junior Isaac Trostle (Willowbrook HS, Lombard, Ill.) (15:43.08) and sophomore Grant Bell (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa HS, Belgrade, Minn.) (16:00.21) in the 5000.  

Next up for coach Paul Olsen's Vikings is the Olivet Nazarene Invitational on Saturday, January 26.