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July 26, 2013

Men's track wins academic recognition

Sophomore David Devore was one of five individuals honored by the USTFCCCA as All-Academic in the 2013 season.

The Augustana men's track & field team enjoyed an outstanding season in 2013 in terms of competition. Obviously Paul Olsen's squad also did tremendous work in the classroom as well and the Vikings were honored by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) both as a team and individually.

There were 80 teams at the NCAA Division III level that were given the distinction of All-Academic Team as a result of earning a cumulative team grade point average of 3.10 or higher. Augustana finished the 2013 season with a 3.13 GPA.  

In addition to the team award, five student-athletes were named All-Academic for their combined efforts both academically and athletically. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and either qualified for the NCAA Championships or finished the regular season ranked in the top 35 in his respective event.  

Seniors Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) and Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), junior Josh Eisenberg (Richmond-Burton HS, Spring Grove, Ill.) and sophomores David Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) and David Devore (Midland HS, Midland, Mich.) were Augustana's individual honorees.  

Patton was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was also named to the Capital One Academic All-American team. He was a six-time All-American and a nine-time College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin champion throughout his remarkable career. He is also a member of three relay teams that set school records. He graduated with a 3.53 grade point average with majors in accounting and political science.  

Smith was also named to the Capital One Academic All-American team and was an NCAA Division III All-American in cross country as a senior. Four times he finished in the top 10 of the CCIW cross country meet and was the team MVP as a senior and was the winner of the Jack Swartz Award from the CCIW as well. He had a 3.71 grade point average with a degree in biology.  

Eisenberg earned Capital One Academic All-American honors after a junior season where he specialized in the heptathlon indoors and decathlon outdoors. He holds the school record in the indoor heptathlon and this year he was second in that event at the Olivet Nazarene Invitational. He has placed in the CCIW meet a total of five times during his career in the heptathlon and decathlon. Eisenberg is a pre-medicine major with a 3.97 grade point average.  

Voland is only halfway through a career which shows signs of being one of the best in Augustana men's track & field history. He is a five-time NCAA Division III All-American, including two individual certificates in the 400 hurdles. He is a five-time CCIW champion, including back-to-back wins in the 400 hurdles. He owns the school record in the 400 hurdles outdoors and the open 300 indoors. A math major, he has a 3.81 grade point average.  

Devore is a two-time All-American as a member of the 400 relay and he owns a pair of CCIW titles in those events as well. He is a school record holder in both the 400 and 800 relays. He has a 3.56 grade point average in math and computer science.