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January 29, 2013

Vikings ranked fourth in first power ranking

Jennifer Prazak ran a leg on Augustana's school record 3200 relay team last week. Prazak and the Vikings are currently ranked fourth in the first NCAA Division III Indoor Power Ranking of the season, as compiled by the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

Augustana starts its season off ranked fouth in the NCAA Division III indoor track & field rankings released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Vikings of veteran head coach Fred Whiteside jump 16 spots from finishing last season ranked 20th.

Augustana has 109.15 points in the year's first poll, just 8.02 points off of fellow College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin competitor, Illinois Wesleyan University, who begins the year as the top ranked team in the nation with 117.17 points. Followed closely behind is Massachusetts Institute of Technology with 115.47 points and Bates College with 110.87 points.    

The Vikings opened up the season with a team win at the Dubuque Open and then traveled to the Monmouth Invite where they brought home seven event winners.  The rankings to do not include the results from last weekend's invitational at Olivet Nazerene in which Augustana ran for two school records en route to a third place finish.  

This weekend the Vikings will travel to the Warhawk Invitational on Friday, Februrary 2 in Whitewater, Wisconsin.  

2013 NCAA DIVISION III INDOOR DUAL MEET POWER RANKINGS

Sponsored by the USTFCCA  ** As of 01/23/2013  ** POLL #1  

RANK SCHOOL REGION POINTS
1. Illinois Wesleyan Midwest 117.17
2. M.I.T. New England 115.47
3. Bates New England 110.87
4. AUGUSTANA Midwest 109.15
5. Wisconsin- Stevens Point Midwest 104.31
6. Williams New England 102.82
7. St. Lawrence Atlantic 101.56
8. Christopher Newport South 99.29
9. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Atlantic 98.13
10. St. Norbert Midwest 93.11
11. Moravian Mideast 80.49
12. Nebraska Wesleyan Central 76.38
13. Wartburg Central 74.93
14. Ohio Northern Great Lakes 74.81
15. Concordia Midwest 64.34
16. Alvernia Mideast 62.26
17. Hood Mideast 61.99
18. Emmanuel (Massachusetts) New England 59.12
19. Waynesburg Mideast 57.04
20. Keystone Mideast 56.22

  Story written by student assistant Cody Sharko