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June 17, 2009

2009 Season - McMillan and Petersen garner national awards

Senior Ted McMillan (Erie HS, Cordova, Ill.) and junior Max Petersen (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) became the latest Augustana student-athletes to be awarded ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American recognition, it was announced today. McMillan was named to the first team while Petersen was a second team selection in College Division Track & Field. The ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American program is run by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

McMillan made the first team for the second straight year while Petersen is a first time selection. 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.

Augustana has a rich and storied tradition of success when it comes to the Academic All-American program. With the selection of Petersen and McMillan, the Vikings now have produced a total of 129 Academic All-Americans since the program was instituted in 1952. Augustana ranks sixth in the nation in amount of honorees, regardless of division. The national leader is Nebraska with 268 while Notre Dame is second with 206. Penn State (156), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (152) and Stanford (133) are ahead of the Vikings. Rounding out the top 10 are Bucknell (117), Texas (114), UCLA (111) and Illinois Wesleyan (111).

Among NCAA Division III institutions Augustana is currently second, trailing only M.I.T. In the sport of men’s track & field the Vikings have produced 12 Academic All-Americans and that is tied for second with Oregon and North Dakota State University. Calvin College leads in men’s track & field with 13.