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September 9, 2009

2009 Season - Dan Bailey wins CCIW honor

Augustana senior Dan Bailey (Deerfield High School, Deerfield, Ill.) has been named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin’s “Runner of the Week” for men’s cross country for the week ending September 5.  Bailey, a senior captain, led the team to a first place finish in the Western Illinois Invitational last Friday in Macomb, Illinois. 

He was the individual champion in the meet, finishing with a time of 25:48 in the 8,000 meter race.  The team scored 24 points as they put 5 finishers in the top nine and seven in the top 12.  Western Illinois was second with 42 while Bradley took third with 64. Illinois Central (132), Lincoln (146) and Knox (168) rounded out the scoring. Among the six teams competing, two were NCAA Division I schools (Western Illinois & Bradley). 

Veteran head coach Paul Olsen’s crew is ranked 11th in the initial NCAA Division III national men’s cross country poll.  Augustana will take this week off before racing again at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships on Friday, September 18 in Normal, Illinois at Illinois State University.

Bailey was consistently in the top seven last year for the Vikings, who competed in the NCAA Division III Championship meet for the second straight year. 

Dan is a business marketing and accounting major and is the son of Doug and Mary Jo Bailey of Deerfield, Illinois.