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October 18, 2012

Vikings now 16th in NCAA national poll

Augustana is now ranked 16th in NCAA Division III after placing sixth in the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational on Saturday, October 13.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — After finishing sixth at the highly competitive Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on October 13 th, the Augustana men’s cross country team fell three spots in the NCAA Division III national rankings. The Vikings of veteran head coach Paul Olsen fell from 13 th to 16 th in the latest poll.

Haverford is now the top rated team in the polls after North Central was beaten by Calvin at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh invitational. Calvin moved up to second with North Central falling to third. Bates and SUNY Geneseo held steady in fourth and fifth respectively. Wisconsin-La Crosse moved up one spot, to sixth, as did Tufts, now ranked seventh. Wisconsin-Eau Claire made the biggest jump in the polls moving from 25 th all the way up to eighth. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is now ranked ninth and Washington (Mo.) rounds out the top ten.

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. For the fourth consecutive week, seven teams from the Midwest are in the top 20 nationally. North Central is the top ranked Midwest Region team coming in third in the national poll with 264 points. Wisconsin-La Crosse (6 th – 240), Wisconsin- Eau Claire (8 th – 218), Washington (10 th – 206), Wisconsin-Stevens Point (14 th – 176), Augustana (16 th – 161), and Wisconsin-Platteville (20 th – 122) are all in the top 20 from the Midwest Region.

2012 USTFCCCA MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY POLL (Week #6)

Rank

School (1st place votes)

Pts

Region

LAST

1

Haverford (5)

276

Mideast

2

2

Calvin (3)

274

Great Lakes

6

3

North Central

264

Midwest

1

4

Bates

254

New England

4

5

SUNY Geneseo

251

Atlantic

5

6

Wisconsin-La Crosse

240

Midwest

7

7

Tufts

232

New England

8

8

Wisconsin-Eau Claire

218

Midwest

25

9

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

207

West

10

10

Washington (Mo.)

206

Midwest

3

11

Bowdoin

202

New England

11

12

NYU

200

Atlantic

17

13

Williams

178

New England

13

14

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

176

Midwest

15

15

SUNY Cortland

164

Atlantic

12

16

AUGUSTANA

161

Midwest

13

17

Middlebury

141

New England

17

18

Allegheny

139

Mideast

20

19

Carnegie Mellon

129

Mideast

16

20

Wisconsin-Platteville

122

Midwest

22

 

- Story written by student assistant Paul Hurd