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January 23, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Viking men win five events at Monmouth

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Five event winners and an impressive 15 second place finishes proved to be the right mix for the Augustana track & field team at the Midwest Invitational. The Vikings easily won the five team event, which was held at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, with 320 points. Monmouth, which had been ranked 21st in NCAA Division III prior to the meet, was a distant second with 200 points. Illinois Wesleyan (98), Knox (24) and Mt. Mercy (4) rounded out the field.

This day, however, belonged to Augustana and its superior depth. Interim head coach Ron Standley’s charges won the 300, 600 and 800 on the track in individual events, the 1600 relay and the triple jump. Sophomore Greg Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.) won the 300 in :37.01 and was second in the 55 hurdles in :08.01. Freshman Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) took first place in the 600 in 1:24.64 and junior Greg Weigand (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) won a stirring stretch duel with junior teammate Jason Langslet (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) in the 800. Weigand was timed in 1:59.60 while Langslet stopped the watches at 1:59.76.

The other individual victory came from junior Patrick Zeunik (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.) in the triple jump with a leap of 45’ 6 ¼”. For good measure, Zeunik was second in the long jump with a mark of 21’ 1 ¼”.
The 1600 relay team of Davis, Weigand, Steve Rogers (Crystal Lake South HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Matt Somers (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) closed out the meet with a victory in a time of 3:26.71.

Augustana had five events (5000, mile, 55 hurdles, 600 and 800) where it grabbed at least four placewinners. In the four individual events that they won, the Vikings also had the second place finisher.

In the 5000, senior Dan Bailey (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.) was second in 15:25.54 while senior teammate Chris Zook (Normal Community HS, Normal, Ill.) took third in 15:25.64. Freshman Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) placed fourth in 15:34.83 with sophomore Brandon Gittleman (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) finishing fifth in 15:54.31. Junior Ryan Miller (Crystal Lake Central HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.) was sixth in 16:07.31 and freshman Nathan Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) was seventh in 16:11.84.

The mile saw junior Matt Bowman (Geneva HS, Elburn, Ill.) finish second in 4:27.33 and junior Brad Keating (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) was third in 4:34.60. Freshman Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) placed fourth in 4:38.25 with freshman Tommy Harris (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) grabbing seventh in 4:43.20.

In the 55 hurdles, while Davis was taking second, freshman Patrick Callan (Libertyville HS, Libertyville, Ill.) grabbed third in :08.51. Senior David Zeko (Somonauk HS, Sheridan, Ill.) was fifth in :08.87, sophomore Marty King (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) took sixth in :08.92 and sophomore Matt Deets (Polo HS, Polo, Ill.) was seventh in :09.66.

After Patton won the 600, Augustana claimed five of the next seven places. Freshman Rogers took second in 1:26.93. Freshmen Dennis O’Flaherty (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) was fourth in 1:26.93 and Daniel Doubet (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, Ill.) placed fifth in 1:31.67. Freshman Terrence Enders (Yorkville HS, Yorkville, Ill.) finished seventh in 1:33.56 and sophomore Colin Johnson (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.) was eighth in 1:33.94.

Almost lost in the exciting one-two finish by Weigand and Langslet in the 800 is the fact that junior Brad Keating (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) was third in 2:02.45. Senior Zach Riley (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.) finished sixth in 2:07.99 with junior Jarrett Kessel (Amboy HS, Sublette, Ill.) placing seventh in 2:08.89. Freshman Dan Halleck (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) was eighth in 2:10.45.

King was second to Davis in the 300 with a time of :37.18. Freshman Jacob O’Rourke (Davenport Assumption HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) took sixth in :38.54 and Callan was seventh in :38.54.

Senior Max Petersen (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) was second in both the 55 (:06.65) and 200 (:23.36). Somers, a junior, was second in the 400 (:50.85). Both the 800 meter relay (1:34.23), consisting of Bryn Sabadosa (Richards HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.), O’Rourke, Brett Becker (Cuba City HS, Cuba City, Wis.), and Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.) and the distance medley (11:16.34), which included Enders, Vlad Novikov (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.), Jeff Miller (Dundee Crown HS, Algonquin, Ill.), and Gittleman finished second as well.

In the 55, freshman Rindone was third in :06.70 and O’Rourke was fifth in :06.80. Freshman Ryan Brummet (Riverdale HS, Port Byron, Ill.) took third in the 400 in :53.33. The 3000 saw junior Eric Erspamer (Bartlett HS, Bartlett, Ill.) finish third in 9:45.29 and senior Pat Fritsch (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) placed fifth in 9:57.77.

Zeunik was the lone winner in the field events but the Vikings piled up plenty of points. Senior Darin Decker (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) was second in the weight throw (53’ 0”) and fourth in the shot (45’ 7 ¼”) and sophomore Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.) was second in the shot (47’ 0 ¾”) and fourth in the weight throw (50’ 3 ½”). Sophomore Brian Benning (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.), who qualified for the NCAA Division III indoor meet last week, placed sixth in both the shot (45’ 0 ¼”) and weight throw (47’ 7 ¼”).

The long jump had Chad Collins (Thornridge HS, Dolton, Ill.) take third in 21’ 0 ½” while junior Alex Stake (Williamsville HS, Sherman, Ill.) was fourth at 20’ 8” and freshman Brett Becker (Cuba City HS, Cuba City, Wis.) was sixth at 20’ 5”. Collins placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 44’ 8” with senior Nate Maass (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) finishing fifth with a mark of 42’ 11 ¾”. Zeko took eighth at 37’ 6 ½”. Stake was sixth in the high jump after clearing 6’ 0” and sophomore Jimmy Zars (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) finished seventh with the same height.

Junior Eric Chalus (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.) finished third in the pole vault with a clearance of 14’ 9” and freshman Colton Vankirk (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.) placed eighth at 13’ 3 ½”.