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July 28, 2008

2009 Season - Three Viking men's track & field athletes win academic awards

NEW ORLEANS, Illinois - Several Augustana track & field athletes were honored by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association, it was announced today. The Vikings women's team earned all-academic team honors and a total of eight athletes won all-academic individual awards.

Veteran head coach Fred Whiteside's women enjoyed a tremendous season, winning the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin team championship for the first time since 2001. Obviously the team did the job in the classroom as well with a cumulative grade point average of 3.316. A total of 92 women's track & field teams were honored by the USTFCCCA.

In addition to the team honors,Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.), Kelsey Duhai (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, Ill.), Ainsley Fedler (Burlington HS, Burlington, Iowa), Lindsey Homfeldt (Ottawa Marquette HS, Ottawa, Ill.) and Paula Neiweem (Warren Township HS, Gurnee, Ill.) were named to the USTFCCCA all-academic team. Coleman was an individual NCAA qualifier in the 100 and 200 meter sprints and she teamed with Duhai, Fedler and Homfeldt to make the national qualifying mark in the 400 relay. Neiweem qualified in the weight throw.

Three men's performers were honored as well. Evan Holschbach (Princeton HS, Princeton, Ill.), Andy Kubiak (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) and Ted McMillan (Erie HS, Cordova, Ill.) were the male athletes who competed for Paul Olsen's CCIW championship unit and qualified for the award. Holschbach was a member of the Vikings All-American 1600 relay team while McMillan earned individual All-American honors in the high jump and 400 hurdles as well as anchoring the 1600 relay. Kubiak qualified for the national meet in the 3000 steeplechase.

The Augustana men won the CCIW team title for the first time since 1984 and finished the season ranked number one in the nation by the USTFCCCA.

In order to qualify for USTFCCCA all-academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and have met the NCAA Division III indoor or outdoor qualifying standard in his/her respective event.