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October 13, 2009

2009 Season - Zook named Runner of the Week in CCIW

Augustana senior Chris Zook (Normal Community HS, Normal, Ill.) was selected as the “Runner of the Week” in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. Zook put forth an outstanding effort in helping the Vikings win the Dan Huston Invitational at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa on Saturday, October 10. It was an impressive team win for head coach Paul Olsen’s crew.

Augustana, ranked 18th in the latest NCAA Division III poll, defeated two teams ranked in the top 10 to win the meet with just 37 points. Wisconsin-Platteville, ranked ninth, was second with 41 points while Wisconsin-LaCrosse, the third ranked team in NCAA Division III, placed third with 90 points. Carleton took fourth (132), Wartburg was fifth (133) and Cornell placed sixth (134). Coming into the meet Wartburg was ranked eighth in the Central Region while Cornell was seventh.
Northern Iowa, an NCAA Division I school, finished seventh with 193 points. Loras (220), Simpson (247), North Iowa Community (264), Wartburg Alumni (331), Grinnell (337) and Buena Vista (411) rounded out the field.

Zook led a tight Augustana pack with a third place finish and a time of 26:03 over the 8,000 meter course. The Vikings had a mere 19 second time differential between the first and five runners as they grouped nicely at the front of the race. Jason Garvins of Wisconsin-Platteville won the individual race with a time of 25:49 while Andrew Tobben of Cornell was second in 26:00, just three seconds ahead of Zook.

Augustana, which has only lost to two NCAA Division III schools this year – top ranked North Central at the Illinois Intercollegiate meet on September 11 and seventh rated Wisconsin-Stevens Point at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational on September 25 – will run at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational on Saturday, October 17.

Zook, the son of Bill and Karen Zook of Normal, Illinois, is an accounting and business major.