June 25, 2013
Four more Vikings named Academic All-American
|Greg Patton was a first-team Capital One Academic All-American selection in men's track & field. He was one of four Augustana athletes awarded the prestigious honor. Senior Jonathan Smith was a second-team selection while junior Josh Eisenberg and sophomore David Voland were third team winners. Augustana now has 146 Academic All-Americans all-time and ranks sixth in the nation (regardless of division) in number produced.|
Add four more Augustana athletes to the school's growing list of Academic All-America selections. Seniors Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) and Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), junior Josh Eisenberg (Richmond-Burton HS, Spring Grove, Ill.) and sophomore David Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) were named to the Capital One Academic All-America team in men's track & field/cross country, it was announced today.
Patton was a first team selection and Smith was named to the second team while Eisenberg and Voland were both third teamers.
Patton recently graduated from Augustana as one of the finest sprinters ever to take his place in the starting blocks. He was a six-time NCAA Division III All-American who wrapped up his career last weekend at the national meet by earning All-American honors in both the 400 and 1600 relay. The 1600 relay team, on which Voland was also a member, where he handled the leadoff position finished second in the nation. It was the second straight year where Patton ran lead-off on the 1600 unit that was national runner-up. He also earned an individual All-American certificate in the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship when he was eighth in the 400.
He was the winner of the 2013 Jack Swartz Award in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for academic excellence and athletic achievement after the indoor season. Patton was an eight-time CCIW champion during his career and a 15-time NCAA national meet qualifier. He is part of school records in both the 400 and 1600 relays outdoors and the 1600 relay indoors. This year he won a total of 21 races (individual and relays) in invitationals and CCIW meets.
A team captain and four-time CCIW "Athlete of the Week", Patton is a finalist for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He carries a 3.56 grade point average in accounting and political science. Smith earned NCAA Division III All-American honors in cross country in the fall of 2012 during his senior season. He had four top-10 finishes in invitationals en route to his All-American performance at the national meet in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was selected as the Vikings' Most Valuable Performer in 2012 and won the Jack Swartz Award from the CCIW as well.
During his cross country career he placed in the top-10 at the CCIW meet all four years and he won all-conference recognition in track & field three times. As a senior he participated in the open 10,000 at the prestigious Drake Relays. He burst on the scene in the fall of 2009 by being named the CCIW "Freshman of the Year" in cross country and was also voted Augustana's "Most Valuable Freshman". Twice he was named the CCIW's "Runner of the Week" in cross country.
A finalist for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in the fall of 2012, Smith graduated with a 3.69 grade point average in biology.
Voland is only halfway through a career which shows signs of being one of the best in Augustana men's track & field history. He is a five-time NCAA Division III All-American, including two individual certificates in the 400 hurdles. He was third in the nation in the 400 hurdles in 2012 and took seventh this year.
Like Patton, he ran on two straight 1600 relay squads that finished second in the NCAA Division III national meets in 2012 and 2013. He is a five time CCIW champion, including back-to-back wins in the 400 hurdles during his first two years of competition. He owns the school record in the 400 hurdles outdoors and the open 300 indoors. Voland is also a member of school record in the 1600 relay both indoors and outdoors and the 800 relay both indoors and outdoors. He also placed second in the CCIW in the indoor 55 hurdles and the open 400 in 2013.
He is a math major with a 3.81 grade point average.
Eisenberg is a multi-event specialist who competes in the heptathlon indoors and the decathlon outdoors. He has placed in the CCIW meet a total of five times in those events during his career. This year he was fourth in the CCIW outdoor championships in the decathlon after taking third in the heptathlon indoors.
He holds the school record in the indoor heptathlon and placed second in the indoor heptathlon at the Olivet Nazarene Invitational as a junior. He was second in the Viking Olympics decathlon as a sophomore in 2012. Also, in 2012 he was second in the CCIW indoor heptathlon and third in the outdoor decathlon. He was voted the team's Most Improved Performer as a freshman in 2011 and will serve as team captain in 2014.
Eisenberg has a 3.97 grade point average with majors in biology and pre-medicine.
The selection of Patton, Smith, Eisenberg and Voland moves Augustana's number of Academic All-Americans to 146 and keeps the Vikings sixth on the all-time list, regardless of division. Augustana is currently ranked second in NCAA Division III and first in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in total number of selections since the program, which is run by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).