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October 11, 2012

Vikings now 13th in latest NCAA poll

Augustana is now ranked 13th in the latest NCAA Division III national men's cross country poll heading into this weekend's Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational. The Vikings placed second at the pre-national meet on October 6 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

After finishing second at the pre-national meet on October 6 in Terre Haute, Indiana the Augustana men’s cross country team actually dropped one spot in the NCAA Division III national rankings. The Vikings of veteran head coach Paul Olsen fell to 13 th from 12 th after taking the runner-up spot in the pre-national meet to previously 21 st ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Augustana will get a chance to test its mettle this weekend at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where most of the top teams in the Midwest Region will gather. The Wisconsin-Oshkosh course will be the site of the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional in November.

As has been the case all season, the Midwest Region is a dominant force in the national rankings, which are conducted by the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. A total of seven teams from the Midwest are in the top 20 nationally as well as 10 of the top 30. North Central continues to lead the national poll with 280 points and all eight first place votes. Washington (3 rd – 263), Wisconsin-LaCrosse (7 th – 232), Wheaton (9 th – 216), Augustana (13 th – 178), Wisconsin-Stevens Point (15 th – 163) and Chicago (19 th – 138) are all in the top 20 from the Midwest Region.

2012 USTFCCCA MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY POLL (Week #5)

Rank

School (1st place votes)

Pts

Region

LAST

1

North Central (Ill.) (8)

280

Midwest

1

2

Haverford

272

Mideast

2

3

Washington (Mo.)

263

Midwest

3

4

Bates

253

New England

5

5

SUNY-Geneseo

252

Atlantic

4

6

Calvin

239

Great Lakes

6

7

Wisconsin-LaCrosse

232

Midwest

7

8

Tufts

217

New England

11

9

Wheaton (Ill.)

216

Midwest

9

10

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

205

West

21

11

Bowdoin

198

New England

23

12

SUNY-Cortland

185

Atlantic

16

13 (tie)

Williams

178

New England

8

13 (tie)

AUGUSTANA

178

Midwest

12

15

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

163

Midwest

15

16

Carnegie-Mellon

158

Mideast

35

17 (tie)

Middlebury

147

New England

13

17 (tie)

NYU

147

Atlantic

19

19

Chicago

138

Midwest

18

20

Allegheny

127

Mideast

16