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January 15, 2011

2011 Season - Vikings dominate Sol Butler Classic

Senior Patrick Zuenik went 48' 9" in the triple jump Saturday at the Sol Butler Classic, besting the school indoor and outdoor records and qualifying automatically for the NCAA Division III indoor national championships.

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Before the 2011 men's track & field season began, veteran Augustana head track & field coach Paul Olsen thought that his team would once again be "pretty good". After watching his Vikings perform at the Sol Butler Classic on Saturday, January 15 at A.Y. McDonald Indoor Track on the University of Dubuque campus, he might want to upgrade his assessment a bit.

 Although it was just the first meet of the season, Olsen's Vikings served notice that they are as deep and talented as ever. Augustana won a total of 16 events, set four meet records, were under the meet record in another event that the Vikings did not win and had a monster performance from senior triple jump standout Patrick Zeunik (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.).

 On a day where there were standout performances every time an event was contested, Zeunik's stood out even amongst the onslaught of his teammates winning all but three events. He uncorked a leap of 48' 9" to win the triple jump. In the process he broke both the Augustana indoor and all-time (outdoor) school records, broke his own meet record and qualified automatically for the NCAA Division III indoor national championships. For good measure, he also added a second place finish in the long jump with a mark of 21' 1 ¼".

 Besides Zeunik's performance in the triple jump, the Vikings also established new meet records in the mile, 4x200 relay and the open 600. Senior Matt Bowman (Geneva HS, Elburn, Ill.) won the mile in 4:23.39, shattering the old meet record of 4:33.30. In the mile, the Vikings also grabbed five other places in the top eight. Junior Mike Tisza (Hersey HS, Prospect Heights, Ill.) was second in  4:25.93 with junior Nick Danzy (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) taking third (4:28.21) and freshman Kyle Meyer (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) nailing fourth (4:28.94). Tizsa, Danzy and Meyer were all under the existing meet record. Freshman Andrew Allabastro (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.) placed sixth in 4:37.30 and senior Tim Faith-Rosley (Glenbrook South HS, Glenview, Ill.) was eighth in 4:40.62.

 The 4x200 relay team of senior James Wood (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.), sophomore Floyd Mays (Mooseheart HS, Justice, Ill.), sophomore Kyle Williams (Lake Zurich HS, Lake Zurich, Ill.) and sophomore Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.) won with a time of 1:31.75 and that broke the old meet record of 1:34.75.

 Freshman Chris Madison (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) accounted for the fourth meet record when he won the 600 in 1:22.94, easily erasing the old mark of 1:24.05. Sophomore Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) and senior Jason Langslet (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) were both under the previous record as well. Patton was second in 1:23.40 and Langslet third in 1:23.76. Senior Greg Weigand (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) took fourth in 1:24.09, just above the old mark.

 Junior Brian Benning (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.) was the lone individual double winner for the Vikings as he captured both the shot (47' 1 ¾") and the weight throw (55' 2 ¾"). In the shot, junior Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.) was third (44' 2 ½") and sophomore Kevin Macek (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) was sixth (42' 1 ½"). Junior Adam Myers (Dixon HS, Dixon, Ill.) finished third in the weight throw with a mark of 48' 0 ¾" and Macek was eighth at 43' 2 ¼".

 Junior Greg Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.) won the 55 hurdles in :08.06 with junior Marty King (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) taking fourth in :08.27. Sophomore Pat Callan (Libertyville HS, Libertyville, Ill.) was sixth in :08.32 and senior Brendan Bradley (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) was seventh in :08.41.

 Rindone won the 55 meter dash in :06.64 with Mays placing sixth in :06.75. Freshman Steve Zahrobsky (Downers Grove South HS, Woodridge, Ill.) won the 400 in :52.40 while freshman Edgar Valle (Kaneland HS, Elburn, Ill.), sophomore Ryan Brummet (Riverdale HS, Port Byron, Ill.), sophomore Daniel Doubet (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, Ill.) and freshman Luke Chvatal (Glenbard East HS, Lombard, Ill.) completed a one-two-three-four-five sweep in the event. Valle was second in :52.49, Brummet third in :53.22, Doubet fourth in :53.77 and Chvatal fifth in :53.90.

 Sophomore Joe Zahn (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) won the 800 in 2:03.64 with freshman Szymon Ligas (Peru St. Bede Academy, Spring Valley, Ill.) placing third in 2:07.71.

 In the 1,000 freshman Tyler Busch (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.) won with a time of 2:40.16 while freshman Cody Sharko (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) was right behind him in second in 2:41.52. Junior Pat Manser (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) placed sixth in 2:49.00 and senior Brandon Shaver (Normal University HS, Bloomington, Ill.) was seventh in 2:53.98.

 Freshman Jay Graffanga (Geneva HS, LaFox, Ill.) won the 200 in :23.28 with senior Matt Somers (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) taking third (:23.88) and freshman Matt Dickey (Benet Academy, Downers Grove, Ill.) grabbing fourth :24.07.

 Junior A.J. Nice (Christian Life HS, Caledonia, Ill.) won the pole vault with a clearance of 14' 5 ¼". Freshman Erik Hansen (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) went over 13' 5 ¼" to take second and sophomore Colton VanKirk (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.) was third at the same height. Junior Brett Bernatowicz (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) placed sixth with a clearance of 12'5 ½".

 Freshman Nick Sinon (Kaneland HS, Elburn, Ill.) won the high jump at 6' 5 ½" with Justin Davidson taking fifth at 5' 11 ½".

 The Vikings did not win the 3000 but certainly made their presence felt. Sophomore Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) was second in 8:49.58 and sophomore Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) took fourth in 8:50.22 and both were under the existing meet record of 8:52.28. Sophomore Brian Pollastrini (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) took sixth in 8:53.38 and junior Thomas Christian (Port Angeles HS, Port Angeles, Wash.) was eighth in 8:58.73.

 The distance medley team of freshman Payton Campbell (Normal Community HS, Bloomington, Ill.), freshman Tanner Benning (Hampton-Dumont HS, Hampton, Iowa), Zahn and sophomore Jacob Adams (Stagg HS, Palos Heights, Ill.) won with a time of 11:28.04. The 4x400 unit of Zahrobsky, Patton, Madison and Davis sped to victory in 3:28.58.

 Augustana will compete at the Midwest Invitational on Saturday, January 22 in Monmouth, Illinois.