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May 25, 2013

1600 relay narrowly misses winning NCAA title

Sophomore Antonio Owens (left) takes the baton from senior Greg Patton (right) after Patton's leadoff leg in the 1600 relay on Saturday at the NCAA Division III meet in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The Vikings placed second with a time of 3:10.06.

The final day of competition at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track & Field Championships was a productive one for Augustana on Saturday, May 25 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The Vikings grabbed a total of 10 All-American certificates (top eight finishers), including a near miss for a national title in the men's 1600 relay and finished 18th in the team standings.

Thanks to a scintillating anchor by senior Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.), Augustana came up just short in its attempt to win the 1600 relay. The Vikings placed second in the event with a time of 3:10.06, beaten only by the winning time of 3:09.20 put up by Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  

Rindone, who was running his third race of the day, brought his team home with a :46.5 anchor but it was not enough to catch UW-Eau Claire's anchor Thurgood Dennis. Rindone was joined on the 1600 team by senior Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.), sophomore Antonio Owens (Naperville North HS, Bolingbrook, Ill.) and sophomore David Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.).  

Patton led off in :47.8 and handed to Owens, who turned in a leg of :48.5. Voland sped to a clocking of :46.9 before turning things over to Rindone. Rindone fought his way to second as the gap between the Vikings in second and fifth place Wabash (3:10.58) ended up being just half a second.  

Earlier in the day Rindone took seventh in the 400 with a time of :48.10 while Voland placed seventh in the 400 intermediate hurdles in :53.04.  

Rindone also anchored the 400 relay team to eighth place with a time of :41.36. Sophomore David Devore (Midland HS, Midland, Mich.), Patton and sophomore Keith Cline (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.) comprised the 400 relay unit.  

Augustana placed 18th in the team standings with 13 points.