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June 1, 2009


A season full of highlights was punctuated by a pair of All-American performances at the NCAA Division III national meet at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio over the weekend of May 21-23. Senior Andy Kubiak (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) put the finishing touches on a fine career by placing fifth in the 3000 meter steeplechase and freshman Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.) signaled a promising beginning by taking sixth in the discus.

Kubiak, who won the steeplechase at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship on May 2 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, ran the third fastest time in school history when he stopped the watches at 9:05.36. He trails just the school record of 8:58.04 set by national champion Sandu Rebenciuc in 1993 and the 9:02.73 of All-American Rob Jensen in 1981. It was a fitting end to Kubiak’s career.

A lot can happen in three years but if the final two weeks of the season are any indication, the future is very bright for Christensen. He placed sixth in the discus with a toss of 162’ 5”. His ascent up the top 10 ranks began on May 9 when he threw 155’ 0” to qualify for the national meet at the University of Chicago Penultimate. That throw was the 10th best in school history. On Thursday, May 14 he unleashed a throw of 168’ 11” at the Gregory Invitational in Naperville that moved him into second place on the all-time list. Less than 24 hours later he was back at it and this time he claimed one of the oldest school records on the books when he hurled the discus 170’ 8” at the Augustana Twilight Qualifier on Friday, May 15. That erased Dave Lingner’s 1981 mark of 170’ 4” from the record book.

While Kubiak and Christensen earned All-American honors, the season was full of good news for veteran head coach Paul Olsen and his team. The brand new Paul V. Olsen Track was dedicated on Saturday, April 18 after the conclusion of the Meet of Champions. The Vikings took second that day, losing only to Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the 13 team field.

Senior Ted McMillan (Erie HS, Cordova, Ill.) ended his stellar career with an injury plagued national meet where he failed to qualify for the finals in the 400 hurdles and did not make a height in the high jump. However, nothing can diminish what McMillan accomplished during his time wearing the Blue & Gold. He was a 12 time NCAA Division III All-American, including a two time national champion when he won the 400 hurdles and the high jump in the 2007 national meet.

McMillan won the high jump (6’ 9”) and the 110 high hurdles (:15.05) at the CCIW meet and he finished his career (indoor and outdoor) with a grand total of 18 conference titles. Those came in either individual or relay events. He won the 110 high hurdles and the 400 intermediate hurdles three times during his career and the high jump twice.

The Vikings did not repeat as CCIW team champion but they actually scored more points in the conference meet (246) than they did last year (240.5) when they won the first title since 1984. North Central won the team championship with 278.50 points. Augustana won a total of 10 events at the CCIW meet. Besides McMillan’s double victory in the highs and the high jump, Max Petersen (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) and Darin Decker (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) also won two events apiece. Petersen took the 100 (:10.97) and 200 (:22.42) to become the first Vikings to win both sprint events since Kyle Poston turned the trick in 1997. Decker won the hammer (180’ 4”) and the discus (151’ 2”) and was second in the shot (48’ 9”). In addition, Decker was named the Most Outstanding Field Event Performer in the CCIW.

The 400 relay team of Petersen, James Wood (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.), Marty King (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) and Kyle Ekberg (Rockford Christian HS, Rockford, Ill.) took first with a time of :42.61 and the 1600 unit of Greg Davis (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.), Wood, Nick Borchert (Ankeny HS, Ankeny, Iowa) and Ekberg won in 3:18.09. Kubiak won the steeplechase in 9:24.30 and Davis won the 400 intermediate hurdles with a time of :54.99.

Augustana won the Early Spring Opener on March 21 with 424 points and came back nine days later to win the Viking Olympics with 402 points. The Vikings won the Wartburg Select meet on April 4, under brutal weather conditions, with 173.75 points in Waverly, Iowa. A week later, on April 11 in Macomb, Illinois, they were fifth at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays but they were the highest placing non-division one team in the 10 team meet. At the Meet of Champions on April 18 they were an impressive second as they “officially” christened the track named after long-time coach Paul Olsen.

Viking athletes qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet in a total of 10 events throughout the season. When it came time for the national field to be announced, however, only McMillan (400 hurdles and high jump), Decker (hammer), Christensen (discus) and Kubiak (steeplechase) were invited to the meet. The following athletes qualified but did not compete at nationals: Alex Stake (Willamstown HS, Sherman, Ill.) scored 6,208 points in the decathlon at the CCIW meet. Pat Zeunik (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.) hit the qualifying mark in the triple jump with a leap of 46’ 8 ½” at the Augustana Twilight Qualifier on May 15. McMillan qualified in the 110 high hurdles with a time of :14.81 at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays on April 11 but chose not to run that event at the national meet. Dan Bailey (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.) hit the national standard in the 10,000 with a 31:05.83 clocking on April 17 at the Meet of Champions. The 1600 meter relay team of Borchert, Wood, Davis and Ekberg qualified with a time of 3:15.32 at the Augustana Twilight Qualifier on May 15 and just missed making the field.

For the second consecutive year Augustana finished the season ranked number one in the NCAA Division III dual meet power rankings. When the final rankings came out after the national meet, however, the Vikings ended up second behind Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Ekberg and McMillan shared the team’s MVP award for track events while Decker was named the MVP for field events.

May 1-2, 2009 @ Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 278.50; 2. AUGUSTANA 246; 3. Carthage 140.50; 4. Wheaton 44; 5. Illinois Wesleyan 35; 6. Elmhurst 34; 7. Millikin 21; 8. North Park 18.

100 – Max Petersen, Augustana :10.97; 200 – Max Petersen, Augustana :22.42; 400 – Greg Jackson, North Central :47.94; 800 – Brian McConnell, Elmhurst 1:55.69; 1500 – Brian McConnell, Elmhurst 3:56.91; 5000 – Michael Spain, North Central 14:52.76; 10,000 – Kyle Brady, North Central 30:58.32; 110 HH – Ted McMillan, AUGUSTANA :15.05; 400 IH – Greg Davis, Augustana :54.99; 3000 Steeplechase – Andy Kubiak, Augustana 9:24.30; 4x100 relay – Augustana :42.61 (Max Petersen, James Wood, Marty King, Kyle Ekberg); 4x400 relay – Augustana 3:18.09 (Greg Davis, James Wood, Nick Borchert, Kyle Ekberg); High Jump – Ted McMillan, Augustana 6’ 9”; Pole Vault – Jake Winder, North Central 16’ 6 ½”; Long Jump – Buzzy Brown, Carthage 23’ 1 ¼”; Triple Jump – Prentis Wilbourn, Carthage 46’ 0”; Shot Put – Spencer Williams, Carthage 50’ 8 ¼”; Discus – Darin Decker, Augustana 151’ 2”; Hammer Throw – Darin Decker, Augustana 180’ 4”; Javelin – Ted Tenglin, North Park 185’ 3”; Decathlon – Kenton Rauwerdink, Carthage 6,269.

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA: 3000 Steeplechase – Andy Kubiak, 5th place 9:05.36; Discus – Phil Christensen, 6th place 162’ 5”.


USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Ted McMillan, Nick Borchert & Andy Kubiak

AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORDS: Discus – Phil Christensen, 170’ 8”…breaks previous mark of 170’ 4” set by Dave Lingner in 1981.

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS: 100 – Max Petersen :10.97; 200 – Max Petersen :22.42; 110 HH – Ted McMillan :15.05; 400 IH – Greg Davis :54.99; 3000 Steeplechase – Andy Kubiak 9:24.30; 4x100 Relay :42.61 (Max Petersen, James Wood, Marty King, Kyle Ekberg); 4x400 Relay 3:18.09 (Greg Davis, James Wood, Nick Borchert, Kyle Ekberg)…High Jump – Ted McMillan 6’ 9”; Hammer Throw – Darin Decker 180’ 4”; Discus – Darin Decker 180’ 4”.

CCIW MOST OUTSTANDING FIELD PERFORMER – Darin Decker (won the hammer and discus and was second in the shot)

High Jump – Ted McMillan 6’ 9” on 05/02/09 at CCIW; 400 Hurdles – Ted McMillan :52.84 on 04/11/09 at Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays; Hammer – Darin Decker 182’ 5” on 05/01/09 at CCIW; Discus – Phil Christensen 170’ 8” on 05/15/09 at Augustana Twilight Qualifier; 3000 Steeplechase – Andy Kubiak 9:07.37 on 05/08/09 at Dr. Keeler Invitational.

(Provisional qualifiers who did not make the final national meet field)
Decathlon – Alex Stake, 6,208 points on 05/01-02/09 at CCIW meet; Triple Jump – Pat Zeunik 46’ 8 ½” on 05/15/09 at Augustana Twilight Qualifier; 110 High Hurdles – Ted McMillan, :14.81 at Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays on 04/11/09; 10,000 – Dan Bailey, 31:05.83 on 04/17/09 at Meet of Champions; 1600 Relay 3:15.32 (Nick Borchert, James Wood, Greg Davis, Kyle Ekberg) on 05/15/09 at Augustana Twilight Qualifier.

MVP (track): Ted McMillan & Kyle Ekberg; MVP (field): Darin Decker; Most Valuable Freshman (track): Greg Davis; Most Valuable Freshman (field): Phil Christensen; Most Improved: Max Petersen; Most Inspirational: Evan Holschbach, Andy Kubiak & Steve Sulfridge. 2010 Captains: Dan Bailey, Nick Borchert, Darin Decker, Nate Maass, Max Petersen and Chris Zook.

Augustana Early Spring Opener, 03/21/09, Rock Island, Ill.: 110 HH – Greg Davis, :15.44; 400 IH – Greg Davis, :55.81; 4x400 Relay – 3:22.39 (Greg Davis, Matt Somers, James Wood, Kris Hinchley); 200 – Kyle Ekberg, :22.59; 400 – Evan Holschbach, :49.46; 4x100 Relay – :42.29 (Evan Holschbach, Kyle Ekberg, James Wood, Max Petersen); 3000 Steeplechase – Billy TenBusch, 9:57.4; 3000 – Dan Bailey, 8:50.13; 800 – Greg Weigand, 1:57.25; Discus – Pat Hoefle, 133’ 9”; Javelin – Jeff Lackaff, 171’ 4”; Long Jump – Alex Stake, 21’ 2”; Pole Vault – Eric Chalus, 13’ 9”.

Viking Olympics, 03/29/09, Rock Island, Ill.: 800 – Ted McMillan, 1:58.21; High Jump – Ted McMillan, 6’ 4”; 110 HH – Greg Davis, :15.67; 400 IH – Greg Davis, :56.22; 400 – Matt Somers, :50.04; 5000 – Billy TenBusch, 15:21.78; Discus – Phil Christensen, 150’ 9”; Hammer – Darin Decker, 146’ 7”; 4x400 Relay – 3:21.55 (James Wood, Matt Somers, Greg Davis, Evan Holschbach); 4x800 Relay 8:17.63 (Dan Bailey, Logan Beausoleil, Nick Danzy, Zach Cupples).

Wartburg Select Invitational, 04/04/09, Waverly, Iowa: 110 HH – Ted McMillan, :14.98; 400 IH – Ted McMillan, :54.07; Decathlon – Alex Stake, 6,099 points; 400 – Kyle Ekberg, :49.06; Triple Jump – Pat Zeunik, 44’ 4 ¼”; Javelin, Jeff Lackaff, 186’ 6”.

Lee Calhoun Memorial, 04/11/09, Macomb, Illinois: 110 HH – Ted McMillan, :14.81; 400 IH – Ted McMillan, :52.84; 4x200 Relay 1:28.18 (Kyle Ekberg, Max Petersen, James Wood, Even Holschbach).

Meet of Champions, 04/17/09, Rock Island, Ill.: 400 – Kyle Ekberg, :48.84; 1500 – Mike Tisza, 3:58.00; 3000 Steeplechase – Andy Kubiak, 9:19.5; High Jump – Ted McMillan, 6’ 8”.

Dr. Keeler Invitational, 05/08/09, Naperville, Ill.: 3000 Steeplechase – Andy Kubiak, 9:08.26.

University of Chicago Penultimate, 05/09/09, Chicago, Ill.: Pole Vault – Steve Sulfridge, 15’ 0 ¾”; Hammer – Darin Decker, 182’ 5”.

Augustana Twilight, 05/15/09, Rock Island, Ill.: 1600 Relay – 3:15.32 (Nick Borchert, Greg Davis, James Wood, Kyle Ekberg); Triple Jump – Pat Zeunik, 46’ 8 ¼”; 400 – Kyle Ekberg, :48.96; 5000 – Chris Zook, 15:40.70.

USTFCCCA POWER RANKING: 1st in nation at end of regular season and 2nd after NCAA championship meet
CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2nd place with 246 points
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Early Spring Opener, 03/21/09; Viking Olympics, 03/30/09; Wartburg Select, 04/04/09;
OTHER MEETS: Meet of Champions on 04/18/09 – second with 195 points in 13 team field; Lee Calhoun Memorial Relays on 04/11/09 – fifth with 115.5 points in 10 team field – Vikings were top non-division one school.