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April 24, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Decker hits NCAA hammer mark at Loras Open

While a large contingent of Augustana men’s track & field athletes were competing at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend, there was also a group that was representing themselves quite well at the Loras Open. Held in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday, April 24 at Loras College, there were no team scores kept but that didn’t keep the Vikings from making quite a splash.

Senior Darin Decker (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) made the biggest noise by winning the hammer throw with a toss of 178’ 5”. Not only did that win the meet but it also qualified Decker for the NCAA Division III national outdoor championship, which will be held at Baldwin-Wallace in Cleveland, Ohio in late May.

Decker was not the only winner for the Vikings as his teammate, junior Patrick Hoefle (Lena-Winslow HS, Lena, Ill.) took first in the discus with a throw of 145’ 8”.

Freshman Kyle Williams (Lake Zurich HS, Lake Zurich, Ill.) placed second in the 100 with a time of :11.64. Sophomore Billy TenBusch (Prairie Ridge HS, Cary, Ill.) ran 15:21.15 in the 5000 to grab second in that event. Eric Chalus (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.) and A.J. Nice (Christian Life HS, Caledonia, Ill.) tied for second in the pole vault with identical clearances of 14’ 5 ¼”. Mike Tovar (Mooseheart HS, Chicago, Ill.) finished second in the long jump with a leap of 21’ 0 ¾”.

Jeff Miller (Crown HS, Algonquin, Ill.) took third in the 1500 with a time of 4:08.08 and Alex Stake (Williamsville HS, Sherman, Ill.) was third in the long jump with a leap of 20’ 10 ½”.

Floyd Mays (Mooseheart HS, Chicago, Ill.) sped to a fourth place finish in the 100 in :11.76. Brian Pollastrini (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) was fourth in the 1500 in 4:08.55 and Chris Zook (Normal Community HS, Normal, Ill.) finished fourth in the 5000 in 15:47.18. Lucas Westblade (Will Carleton Academy, Hillsdale, Michigan) placed fourth in the 3000 steeplechase with a 10:28.34 clocking. The 1600 meter relay team took fourth in 3:32.41. Colton VanKirk (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.) cleared 13’ 11 ¼” in the pole vault to take fourth in that event. Brian Benning (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.) took fourth in the shot with a toss of 45’ 5 ¾”.

Tommy Harris (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) ran 10:28.76 to take fifth in the 3000 steeplechase. The 400 relay placed fifth in :44.64. Alex Mikos (Fenton HS, Wood Dale, Ill.) was fifth in the javelin with a toss of 155’ 7”.