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September 19, 2012

Vikings jump all the way to 13th in NCAA poll

Brian Pollastrini (left) and Jonathan Smith (right) have been two veteran leaders for the Vikings, who are currently ranked 13th in NCAA Division III, during the early going of the 2012 men's cross country season.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Thanks to a very fine performance at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championship on Friday, September 14 in Normal, Illinois, the Augustana men’s cross country team jumped six spots in the NCAA Division III national poll this week. Veteran head coach Paul Olsen’s team was ranked 19 th last week but placed fifth in the Illinois Intercollegiates and soared all the way to 13 th.

The Vikings one of six teams from the Midwest Region ranked in the top 15 in the nation in this poll, which is conducted by the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. North Central is currently ranked first with Washington (third), Wheaton (seventh), Wisconsin-LaCrosse (10 th), Augustana (13 th) and Chicago (15 th) giving the region a strong showing on the national scene.

Augustana will host the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational on Friday, September 21 at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois.

2011 USTFCCCA MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY POLL (Week #2)

Rank

School (1st place votes)

Pts

Region

LAST

1

North Central (Ill.) (8)

280

Midwest

1

2

Haverford

272

Mideast

2

3

Washington (Mo.)

262

Midwest

3

4

SUNY-Geneseo

253

Atlantic

4

5

Bates

249

New England

5

6

Calvin

241

Great Lakes

6

7

Wheaton (Ill.)

233

Midwest

7

8

Tufts

225

New England

7

9

Middlebury

211

New England

10

10

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

207

Midwest

13

11

Williams

187

New England

14

12

Rochester

183

Atlantic

20

13

AUGUSTANA

172

Midwest

19

14

SUNY-Cortland

167

Atlantic

9

15

Chicago

163

Midwest

11

16

Allegheny

161

Mideast

15

17

St. Olaf

150

Central

16

18

Wabash

145

Great Lakes

17

19

NYU

134

Atlantic

12

20

Dickinson

125

Mideast

21