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March 14, 2012


Sophomore Josh Eisenberg set a new school record this past winter in the pentathlon with 4,313 points.

Vikings win four events and finish second at CCIW Championships; set seven school records on the year; finish the season ranked fifth in nation in dual meet power ranking

Junior Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.) set three school records this year and was one of four individual CCIW champions as Augustana took second place at the 2012 conference indoor meet in Naperville, Illinois. Coach Paul Olsen's team won three meets during the indoor season, taking team titles at the Spartan and A.Y. McDonald Invitationals in Dubuque, Iowa and the Wartburg Lutheran Triangular in Waverly, Iowa. In addition to Rindone's, the Vikings set four other school records and ended up fifth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association dual meet rankings.

Rindone won the 200 meters at the CCIW meet in a school-record :21.97, bettering the time of :22.13 he set earlier this year. He also broke his own mark at 60 meters with a :06.95 at the CCIW meet. He finished second in a photo finish in that event. His third school record was a :35.07 in the 300 at the Midwest Invitational, surpassing the :35.24 put up by freshman David Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) earlier in the season. Voland anchored Augustana's school-record 4x200 relay, teaming with freshman Keith Cline (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.), sophomore Jay Graffagna (Geneva HS, LaFox, Ill.) and junior Floyd Mays (Mooseheart HS, Justice, Ill.) to run a 1:30.04 at the A.Y. McDonald Invitational. The previous 800 relay standard had stood for 16 years.

Other school marks set during this year's indoor season included a 60' 3¾" in the weight throw by senior Brian Benning (Winnebago HS, Winnebago, Ill.), as well as sophomore Josh Eisenberg's (Richmond-Burton HS, Spring Grove, Ill.) 4,313 points in the pentathlon and senior Greg Davis' (Carlinville HS, Carlinville, Ill.) CCIW-winning :08.34 in the 60-meter hurdles.

In addition to Rindone and Davis, junior Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) and senior Phil Christensen (Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.) also won CCIW individual titles. Smith finished the mile in 4:13.08 and Christensen put the shot 52' 4". Augustana finished second in the team standings with 169.5 points. Eventual national champion North Central won the conference meet with 261 points.

A total of seven Viking individuals and one relay team reached NCAA qualifying marks this year, although none competed at the national meet. Rindone (60 & 400), Benning (weight throw), Christensen (weight throw & shot put), Davis (60 hurdles) and Smith (mile), along with senior Mike Tisza (Hersey HS, Prospect Heights, Ill.) and junior Brian Pollastrini (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) in the 5000, all reached individual qualifying marks, as did Voland, freshman Steve Zahrobsky (Downers Grove South HS, Woodridge, Ill.), Davis and Rindone in the 4x400 relay.

Olsen's squad opened the season by winning four events to capture the nine-team Spartan Invitational on January 14. The Vikings won 11 events the next week at the Midwest Invitational in Monmouth, Illinois, where no team scores were compiled. On January 28, Augustana took the team title at the Wartburg Lutheran Triangular, bettering the hosts and Grand View by a comfortable margin. On February 3, the Vikings finished fifth in a seven-team field that included four of the top five USTFCCCA-ranked outfits at Wisconsin-Whitewater's Converse Invitational.

On February 11, a split squad won four individual events and one relay the Augustana Invitational and a pair of individual events at the Darren Young Classic in Grinnell, Iowa.

Augustana closed the pre-conference schedule by besting 11 other teams at the University of Dubuque's A.Y. McDonald Invitational on February 18. The Vikings won seven individual events and three relays to more than triple the point total of second-place Carroll.

Other top performers for Augustana this season included sophomore Chris Madison (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.), who had team-bests of 1:23.82 in the 600 and 1:57.49 in the 800. Senior Mike Tovar (Mooseheart HS, Chicago, Ill.) went 22' 3" in the long jump and 42' 8" in the triple jump. Freshman pole vaulter Jeff Padesky (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) cleared 14' 7¼" three times and junior Colton VanKirk (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.) once. Freshman Josh Prosser (Eureka HS, Goodfield, Ill.) went 6' 6" in the high jump.


February 24-25, 2012 *** North Central College *** Naperville, Illinois

TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 261; 2. AUGUSTANA 169.5; 3. Carthage 105; 4. Illinois Wesleyan 48.5; 5. Wheaton 34; 6. Elmhurst 20; 7. Millikin 14; 8. North Park 11


60 - Carleston Acres, Millikin :06.95

200 - Alex Rindone, AUGUSTANA :21.97

400 - Dan Benton, North Central :48.69               

800 - Juliano Lodi, North Central 1:54.54

Mile - Justin Smith, AUGUSTANA 4:13.08

3000 - Timothy Hird, North Central 8:33.81

5000 -Dan Kerley, North Central 14:43.52

60 Hurdles - Greg Davis, AUGUSTANA :08.34

1600 Relay - North Central 3:18.18

Distance Medley - North Central 10:12.07

High Jump - Zach Heerspink, North Central 6' 6¼"

Pole Vault - John Wood, North Central 17' 5"

Long Jump - Zach Heerspink, North Central 23' 0"

Pentathlon - Joseph Hletko, North Central 4,408

Triple Jump - Cale Brown, Carthage 46' 4¾"

Shot Put -  Phil Christensen, AUGUSTANA 52' 4"

Weight Throw -  Greg Raimondi, Carthage 60' 4½"




NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET QUALIFIERS - Brian Benning (35 pound weight throw)...Phil Christensen (35 pound weight throw & shot put)... Greg Davis (60 hurdles)...Alex Rindone (60 & 400)...Mike Tisza (5000)...Brian Pollastrini (5000)...Justin Smith (Mile)...David Voland, Steve Zahrobsky, Greg Davis, Alex Rindone (4x400 relay).

INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL RECORDS - Alex Rindone, 200 (:21.97) at CCIW Championships in Naperville, Illinois on 02/22/12 - breaks old record of :22.13 set by Rindone in 2012...Alex Rindone, 300 (:35.07)  at Midwest Indoor Invitational in Monmouth, Illinois on 01/21/12- breaks old record of :35.24 set by David Voland in 2012...Alex Rindone, 60 (:06.95) at CCIW Championships in Naperville, Illinois on 02/22/12 - breaks old record of :07.05 set by Rindone in 2012...Greg Davis, 60 hurdles (:08.34) at CCIW Championships in Naperville, Illinois on 02/22/12 - breaks old record of :08.47 set by Davis in 2012...Josh Eisenberg, heptathlon (4,313) at CCIW Championships in Naperville, Illinois on 02/22/12 -breaks old record of 4,112 set by Ethan Gale in 2012...Brian Benning, weight throw (60' 3 ¾") at A.Y. McDonald Invitational in Dubuque, Iowa on 02/18/12 - breaks old record of 60' 2½" set by Phil Christensen in 2011...Keith Cline, Jay Graffagna, Floyd Mays & David Voland, 4x200 relay (1:30.04) at A.Y. McDonald Invitational in Dubuque, Iowa on 02/18/12 - breaks old record of 1:31.25 set by Kyle Poston, David Walton, Mark Zemke & Scott Tumilty  in 1996.


COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN INDIVIDUAL & RELAY CHAMPIONS - Alex Rindone - 200 (:21.97)...Greg Davis - 60 hurdles (:08.34)...Justin Smith - Mile (4:13.08)...Phil Christensen - shot put (52' 4").


FIELD EVENTS -Brian Benning (02/21/12)

RUNNING EVENTS - Alex Rindone (01/24/12)

TEAM INVITATIONAL TITLES - Spartan Invitational (9 teams), 01/14/12; Wartburg Lutheran Triangular (3 teams), 01/28/12; Dubuque Invitational (12 teams), 02/18/12.


Spartan Invitational in Dubuque, Iowa on 01/14/12 - 400 (Steve Zahrobsky) :51.79...4x400 relay (Dan Doubet, Steve Zahrobsky, Alex Rindone, Greg Davis) 3:28.39...Distance medley relay (Keegan Buttimer, Jared Spivey, Alex Odenkirk, Justin Smith) 10:43.63...Weight throw (Brian Benning) 55' 2¾".

Midwest Indoor Invitational in Monmouth, Illinois on 01/21/12 - 5000 (Nathan Smith) 15:37.22...Mile (Justin Smith) 4:18.96...60 hurdles (Greg Davis) :08.54...60 (Alex Rindone) :07.09...600 (Chris Madison) 1:23.83...800 (Justin Smith) 2:02.03...300 (Alex Rindone) :35.07...3000 (Jonathan Smith) 9:01.26...4x400 relay (Greg Davis, Chris Madison, Steve Zahrobsky, David Voland) 3:24.62...High jump (Josh Prosser) 6' 3½"...Weight throw (Brian Benning) 57' ¼".

Wartburg Lutheran Triangular in Waverly, Iowa on 01/28/12 - 600 (Chris Madison) 1:23.82...800 (Edgar Valle) 2:01.38...1000 (Justin Smith) 2:37.03...Mile (Mike Tisza) 4:24.16...3000 (Andrew Brimeyer) 9:22.07...60 hurdles (Greg Davis) :08.47...4x200 relay (Keith Cline, Jay Graffagna, Brandon Jasper, Alex Rindone) 1:31.29...4x400 relay (Steve Zahrobsky, Greg Davis, Dan Doubet, David Voland) 3:24.18...Distance medley relay (Keegan Buttimer, Ryan Brummet, Justin Smith, Tyler Busch) 10:38.87...Pole vault (Colton VanKirk) 13' 11¼"...Weight throw (Brian Benning) 58' 2".

Converse Invitational in Whitewater, Wisconsin on 02/03/12 - 4x200 (Keith Cline, Jay Graffagna, Brandon Jasper, Floyd Mays) 1:31.61...Mile (Justin Smith) 4:18.43.

Augustana Invitational in Rock Island, Illinois on 02/11/12 - 300 (Greg Davis) :36.74...3000 (Brain Pollastrini) 8:38.91...55 hurdles (Greg Davis) :7.88...4x200 relay 1:32.21...Pole vault (Jeff Padesky) 14' 7¼".

Darren Young Classic in Grinnell, Iowa on 02/11/12 - 200 (Alex Rindone) :22.13...Weight throw (Brian Benning) 58' 6 ¾".

A.Y. McDonald Invitational in Dubuque, Iowa on 02/18/12 - 400 (Alex Rindone) :49.84...800 (Chris Madison) 1:57.49...Mile (Dennis O'Flaherty) 4:25.01...4x200 relay (Keith Cline, Jay Graffagna, Floyd Mays, David Voland) 1:30.04...4x400 relay (David Voland, Steve Zahrobsky, Greg Davis, Alex Rindone) 3:23.33...Distance medley (Mike Tisza, Dan Doubet, Keegan Buttimer, Tyler Busch) 10:34.73...Pole vault (Jeff Padesky) 13' 9 ¼"...Long jump (Mike Tovar) 21' 11½"...Shot put (Phil Christensen) 51' 9¼"...Weight throw (Brian Benning) 60' 3¾".


(as compiled by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association)

1. Wisconsin-La Crosse 167.44; 2. Wisconsin-Eau Claire 165.17; 3. North Central College 164.30; 4. Wisconsin-Whitewater 161.89; 5. Augustana College 157.78; 6. Tufts University 156.58; 7. Wisconsin-Stout 155.72; 8. Bates College 155.15; 9. Wabash College 152.78; 10. Wartburg College 150.88