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June 16, 2010

2009-2010 Season - 2010 MEN'S TRACK & FIELD REVIEW

Members of the 2010 Augustana men's track & field team celebrate winning the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship on May 8 in Wheaton, Illinois. The Vikings came from way back on the second day to edge out eventual NCAA Division III national champion North Central by just two points (262-260).

The Vikings ended their season with great success when eight Augustana men’s track & field team members participated in the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships on Saturday May 29 at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Two Augustana competitors that were especially exceptional were Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.) and Patrick Zeunik (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.) who both brought home All-American honors.

Christensen took third place in the discus with a throw of 170’7”. Christensen has shown a promising track and field career as last year he placed sixth at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championship in the discus with a toss of 162’ 5” and claimed one of the oldest school records on the books when he hurled the discus 170’ 8” at the Augustana Twilight Qualifier. That erased Dave Lingner’s 1981 mark of 170’ 4” from the record book. This season Christensen broke his own record with a toss of 172’ 11” at the Viking Olympics on March 27 at home.
Zeunik placed seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 48’1 ¼”. He also took seventh in the triple jump during the indoor national meet earlier this season on March 13 in Greencastle, Indiana. Zeunik broke the school record, which had been set by Geoff Smithers in 1968, with a jump of 48’2” at the Wartburg Select Meet on April 3 in Waverly, Iowa.

While Christensen and Zeunik earned All-American honors, the 1600 relay team of Greg Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.), Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.), James Wood (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) and Nick Borchert (Ankeny HS, Ankeny, Iowa) finished fifth in their heat in 3:16.47. They had their best time at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa in 3:13:35.

The final two national meet competitors for Augustana were Darin Decker (Moline HS, Moline, Ill) and Alex Stake (Williamsville HS, Sherman, Ill.), Decker in the hammer throw where he took seventh in his flight with a throw of 178’4 ”. Stake finished 14th in the decathlon where he scored 5,883 points.

The Vikings had much to celebrate on May 8 when they took first in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin for the second time in three years. The meet was held at North Central College in Naperville on Friday, May 7 and Saturday May 8.  The Vikings were trailing North Central by 37 points at the conclusion of the first day of the meet and made an impressive comeback where Augustana scored 162 to beat North Central’s score of 160.

While many members from the Augustana team gained points there were several first place finishers. Freshman Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.) won the 100 and 200 meters and anchored the winning 400 relay. Rindone ran the 100 in :10.71 and the 200 in :22.29. The 4x100 team of Max Petersen (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.), Greg Patton, James Wood, and Rindone finished with a time of :41.92.

Sophomore Greg Davis won both hurdle events, running :15:04 at 110 meters and a provisional qualifying time of :54:15 in the 400 hurdles. Alex Stake finished first in the decathlon, provisionally qualifying with 6,492 points. Phil Christensen finished first in the discus with a toss of 160’9”. Darin Decker had a throw of 52’8 ¾” to take first place in the shot put.

Augustana won the Early Spring Opener on March 19 with 381 points and came back a week later to win the Viking Olympics with 362 points. The Vikings placed second at the Wartburg Select meet on April 3 with 173 points in Waverly, Iowa. A week later, on April 10 in Macomb, Illinois, they were second at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays beating various Division I and II schools. At the Meet of Champions on April 17 the Vikings took first place scoring 248.5 points. On April 23 and 24 at the Drake Relays the 1600 relay team comprised of Davis, Patton, Somers, and Borchert took eighth place in 3:13:33 which was just off the Augustana school record of 3:13:13. The Vikings placed second at the Fighting Scots Invitational on May 1 scoring 156 points.

Head Coach Paul Olsen was honored by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association as the Midwest Region’s “Coach of the Year” and he was also named the NCAA Division III national “Midwest Region Coach of the Year”. There were many awards given out at the conclusion of the 2010 outdoor season including “MVP track” to Max Petersen and Greg Davis, “MVP Field” was awarded to Phil Christensen, Darin Decker, and Pat Zeunik, “Most Improved” to Lucas Westblade (Will Carleton Academy, Hillsdale, Mich.) and Jeff Miller (Algonquin HS, Algonquin, Ill.). The anticipated captains for the 2011 season are Matt Bowman (Geneva HS, Elburn, Ill.), Brendan Bradley (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.), Eric Chalus (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.), Patrick Hoefle (Lena-Winslow HS, Lena, Ill.), Alex Stake, Greg Weigand (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.), James Wood, and Patrick Zeunik.

Petersen and Borchert were named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American team at the end of the season. Petersen, a second team selection last year, moved up to the first team while Borchert made the second team.

May 7-8, 2010 @ North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
TEAM SCORES: 1. AUGUSTANA 262; 2. North Central 260; 3. Carthage 145; 4. Wheaton 61; 5. Millikin 30; 6. Illinois Wesleyan 26; 7. North Park 20; 8. Elmhurst 14.

100 – Alex Rindone, Augustana :10.71; 200 – Alex Rindone, Augustana :22.37; 400 – Jon Caron, North Central :48.98;  800 – Jacob Austin, North Central 1:55.22; 1500 – Jacob Austin, North Central 4:02.72; 5000 – Michael Spain, North Central 14:43.7; 10,000 – Kyle Brady, North Central 30:54.02; 110 HH – Greg Davis, Augustana :15.04; 400 IH – Greg Davis, Augustana :54.15; 3000 Steeplechase – Sean Carlson, North Central 9:28.38; 4x100 relay – Augustana :41.92 (Max Petersen, Greg Patton, James Wood, Alex Rindone); 4x400 relay – Carthage College; High Jump – Matt Borchardt, North Central  6’ 5 ½”; Pole Vault – John Wood, North Central 15’ 5”;  Long Jump – Buzzy Brown, Carthage 23’ 7 ¼”; Triple Jump – Prentis Wilbourn, Carthage 47’11 ¾”;  Shot Put – Darin Decker, Augustana 52’08 ¾”; Discus – Phil Christensen, Augustana 160’ 9”; Hammer Throw – Josh Brennan, Carthage 191’ 8”; Javelin – Lars Tenglin, North Park 201’ 5”; Decathlon – Alex Stake, Augustana 6,492.

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA: Triple Jump – Patrick Zeunik, 7th place 48’1 ¼”; Discus – Phil Christensen, 3rd place 170’7”.
AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORDS: Triple Jump – Patrick Zeunik, 48’2” at the Wartburg Select Meet on April 3 previously held by Geoff Smithers from 1968…800 Relay – (Max Petersen, James Wood, Alex Rindone, Nick Borchert) with time of 1:27.72 breaking old mark of 1:28.18 set in 2000 (Brad Blake, Eliot Mosby, Nick Peck, Brian Miller).
USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Nick Borchert & Max Petersen
CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: 100 – Alex Rindone, Augustana :10.71; 200 – Alex Rindone, Augustana :22.37110 HH – Greg Davis, Augustana :15.04; 400 IH – Greg Davis, Augustana :54.15; 4x100 relay – Augustana :41.92 (Max Petersen, Greg Patton, James Wood, Alex Rindone); Darin Decker, Augustana 52’08 ¾”; Discus – Phil Christensen, Augustana 160’ 9”; Decathlon – Alex Stake, Augustana 6,492.

Triple Jump – Patrick Zeunik; Discus – Phil Christensen; Shot Put – Darin Decker; 4x400 Relay – Greg Davis, Greg Patton, Matt Somers, and Nick Borchert
(Provisional qualifiers who did not make the final national meet field)
100 – Alex Rindone; 400 – Greg Patton; 110 Hurdles – Greg Davis; 400 Hurdles – Greg Davis; Steeplechase – Billy Wisser; 10,000 – Matt Bowman; Decathlon – Alex Stake; Discus – Patrick Hoefle; 4x100 (Petersen, Patton, Wood, & Rindone).

MVP (track): Max Petersen & Greg Davis; MVP (field): Phil Christensen, Darin Decker, Patrick Zeunik; Most Valuable Freshman (track): Alex Rindone & Greg Patton; Most Valuable Freshman (field): Chad Collins & Colton VanKirk; Most Improved: Lucas Westblade & Jeff Miller; Most Improved Freshman; Brian Pollastrini & Dan Doubet; Most Inspirational: Max Petersen. 2011 Captains: Matt Bowman, Brendan Bradley, Eric Chalus, Pat Hoefle, Alex Stake, Greg Weigand, James Wood, & Patrick Zeunik.

Augustana Early Spring Opener, 03/19/10, Rock Island, Ill.: 100 Meter Dash – Alex Rindone, 10.88; 4x100 Relay – Augustana, 42.40; 3000 Meter Steeplechase – Billy Wisser, 9:44.6; 1500 Meter – Dan Bailey, 4:01.68; 3000 Meter – Thomas Christian, 9:05.95; 4x400 Relay – Augustana, 3:25.66; Discus – Phil Christensen 158’07”; Javelin – Nate Maass, 176’; Shot Put – Tim Whisler, 47’2 ½”; Long Jump – Mike Tovar, 21’1 ½”;   Pole Vault – Alex Stake, 13’11 ¼” & A.J. Nice, 13’ 11 ¼”; 4x800 Relay – 8:14.71. 

Viking Olympics, 03/26-27/10, Rock Island, Ill.: 4x100 – Augustana, 42.45; 3000 Meter Steeplechase – Billy Wisser, 9:43.17; 400 Meter Dash – Greg Patton, 49:03; 400 Meter Hurdles – Greg Davis, 55:92; 4x400 Relay – 3:20.29; Discus – Phil Christensen, 172’1”; Hammer Throw – Darin Decker, 169’9”; Pole Vault – Eric Chalus, 14’7 ¼”; 4x800 – Augustana, 7:54.52; 4x200 Relay – Augustana, 1.28.02; 5000 Meter – Chris Zook, 15:27.68; 4x110 Meter Shuttle Hurdle – Augustana, 1:02.60; Decathlon – Nate Maass.

Wartburg Select Invitational, 04/02/10, Waverly, Iowa: 5000 Meter Run – Matt Bowman, 15:20.95; Triple Jump – Patrick Zeunik, 48’02”; Hammer Throw – Darin Decker, 166’4”.

Lee Calhoun Memorial, 04/09-10/10, Macomb, Illinois: 3000 Meter Run – Jonathan Smith, 8:51.79.

Meet of Champions, 04/16/10, Rock Island, Illinois: 110 Meter Hurdles – Greg Davis, 14.86; 100 Meter Dash – Alex Rindone, 10.87; 200 Meter Dash – Alex Rindone, 21.83; 4x400 – Augustana, 3:16.88; Triple Jump – Patrick Zeunik, 46’11 ¾”; Pole Vault – Eric Chalus, 15’1 ¾”; 5000 Meter – Brian Pollastrini, 15:21.35. 

Loras Open, 04/24/10, Duquque, Iowa: Discus – Patrick Hoefle, 145’8”; Hammer Throw – Darin Decker, 178’5”.

Fighting Scots Invitational, 05/01/10, Monmouth, Illinois: 4x100 – Augustana, 42.03; 4x400 – Augustana, 3:19.74; Discus – Phil Christensen, 155’ ½”; Hammer Throw – Darin Decker, 171’7”;

Augustana Twilight, 05/21/10, Rock Island, Ill.: 3000 Meter SC – Billy Wisser, 9:47.80; 400 Meter Dash – Greg Patton, :48.48; 4x400 Meter Relay – Augustana, 3:17.51; Triple Jump – Patrick Zeunik, 46’7 ½”. 

USTFCCCA POWER RANKING: 1st in nation from April 13 – May 4th rankings and 3rd after NCAA championship meet
CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1st place with 262 points
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Early Spring Opener, 03/19/10; Viking Olympics, 03/26-27/10; Meet of Champions, 04/17/10
OTHER MEETS: Wartburg Select, 04/03/10 – second; Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays, 04/09-10/10 – second; Fighting Scots Invitational, 05/01/10 – second.

Story written by Robbin Cooley, student assistant in the sports information office.