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June 8, 2009

2009 Season - Petersen and McMillan named to academic team

Two members of the Augustana men’s track & field team were named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-District team, it was announced today. Senior Ted McMillan (Erie HS, Cordova, Ill.) and junior Max Petersen (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) were both tabbed first team in District Five, which consists of student-athletes from the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. The selection process is handled by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

McMillan and Petersen were two of just 10 athletes chosen to the first team and both student-athletes will now be placed on the national ballot.

McMillan was a first team ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American selection a year ago. He graduated this past May as one of the most honored athletes in Augustana history.

He was a multiple event standout as he competed in the hurdles and the high jump. Until an injured hamstring hampered him, he was a fixture on the 1600 relay. McMillan qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet in the high jump (6’ 9”), the 110 high hurdles (:14.81) and the 400 hurdles (:52.84). He won College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles in the high jump and the 110 high hurdles and was second in the 400 intermediates. He graduates from Augustana with a grand total of 18 individual or relay conference championships and he earned NCAA Division III All-American honors 12 times. He won the high jump and the 400 intermediate hurdles at the 2007 NCAA national meet outdoors. This past winter he was second in the national indoor meet in the pentathlon and was fifth in the high jump.

McMillan was selected as the Senior Athlete of the Year at Augustana by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at the school’s annual Blanket Award Dinner in May. He was also a two time winner of the Jack Swartz Award in the CCIW and was the Vikings team MVP four years in a row. He sported a 3.54 grade point average with a major in chemistry.

Petersen enjoyed a terrific junior season that saw him win the 100 and the 200 in the CCIW championship as well as anchoring the 4x100 meter relay team to victory. During the indoor season he was second in the 55 meter dash at the conference meet. He was voted the team’s Most Improved Performer for the 2009 season.

In the 2008 season he won the 100 at the Meet of Champions and he was a CCIW place winner as a sophomore in both the 100 outdoors and the 55 indoors.

Petersen has been a research intern on five separate projects since October of 2006 and he is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa national honor society. He has logged nearly 100 hours of volunteer work at a local trauma center. He also worked for a month at pediatric clinic in Guatemala in August of 2008.

He has a 3.97 grade point average with majors in biochemistry and religion.