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February 9, 2013

Rindone leads Vikings to win at Grinnell

Senior Alex Rindone broke the school record in the 400 meters and was named “Outstanding Athlete of the Meet” as Augustana won the Darren Young Invitational in Grinnell, Iowa Saturday.

GRINNELL, Iowa-Senior Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.) earned "Outstanding Athlete of the Meet" Saturday at Grinnell College's Darren Young Invitational. Rindone was one of three Vikings to break previous school and meet records in the 400 as Augustana took the team title, besting nine other outfits.

Rindone won the 400 in a time of :48.85, bettering Kyle Ekberg's school record of :49.32, set in 2009. Senior Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) and sophomore David Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) finished second and third, running :49.21 and :49.31, respectively. The Viking trio each bettered not only the previous school standard, but the previous meet record as well.  

Not surprisingly, the Augustana 4x400 relay was a winner. Sophomore Keith Cline (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.) handled the second leg, following Patton and preceding Rindone and Voland. That unit finished in 3:21.73.  

Senior Colton Vankirk (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.) picked up the Vikings' other individual win, clearing 14' 5¼" in the pole vault. Sophomore Jeff Padesky (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) finished second with the same mark, while junior Will Lardner (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) went 13' 5¼" to finish eighth.  

Cline took second in the 60, running a :07.07. Sophomore David Devore (Midland HS, Midland, Mich.) was fourth in :07.15 and senior Floyd Mays (Mooseheart HS, Justice, Ill.) eighth in :07.27.  

In the 5000, it was freshman Ethan Koch (Prospect HS, Mt. Prospect, Ill.) and sophomore Grant Bell (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa HS, Belgrade, Minn.) finishing second and third with times of 15:35.93 and 15:37.29, respectively.  

Senior Mike Tovar (Mooseheart HS, Chicago, Ill.) went 21' 2" to finish second in the long jump, with teammates Kevin Gordy (Lincoln-Way West HS, Mokena, Ill.), a sophomore, going 20' 8½" to take fifth and freshman Caleb Ivey (Plainfield North HS, Plainfield, Ill.) 19' 11 ¾" for eighth.  

The Viking distance medley relay was also a second-place finisher. The quartet of sophomore Nick Gornick (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.), junior Jared Spivey (Annawan HS, Annawan, Ill.) and sophomores Keegan Buttimer (Riverside-Brookfield HS, Riverside, Ill.) and Alex Odenkirk (Ironwood Ridge HS, Tucson, Ariz.) finished in 10:35.40.  

Augustana took third in the mile, 200, and 4x200 relay. Freshman Keith Sands (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) was third in the mile with a 4:21.70. Senior Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) finished fourth in 4:25.11 and classmate Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) was sixth in 4:27.58. Devore (:22.95) took third in the 200 and junior Jay Graffagna (Geneva HS, La Fox, Ill.) fifth with a :23.12. Graffagna led off the Vikings' third-place 800 relay outfit, followed by Mays , freshman Travis Goodwin (Simi Valley HS, Simi Valley, Calif.) and sophomore Rob McNeil (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Normal, Ill.). They finished in 1:33.87.  

Sophomore Vincenzo Dal Pozzo (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) was fourth in the 800 with a time of 1:57.94, while junior Edgar Valle (Kaneland HS, Elburn, Ill.) was sixth in 1:58.74. Junior Justin Davidson (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, Ill.) also garnered a fourth-place finish, clearing 6' 2¾" in the high jump.  

Senior Kevin Macek's (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) 49' 7" in the weight throw was good for sixth place and Voland, senior Tommy Harris (Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) and freshman Jordan Hoffman (Elmwood HS, Elmwood, Ill.) contributed points to the winning Viking cause with eighth-place finishes. Voland ran an :08.87 in the 60-meter hurdles. Harris finished the 3000 in 9:05.48 and Hoffman went 39' 9 ¼" in the triple jump.  

Central finished second in the team standings with 94 points, well behind Augustana's 131. Wartburg, which was ranked third in the nation - one spot ahead of the Vikings - in this week's USTFCCCA Dual Meet rankings, was third with 87 points. Simpson (72) and Bethel (45) were fourth and fifth, respectively, with 22nd-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan (42) taking sixth. Buena Vista (22), Cornell (19), Grinnell (10) and Principia (five) rounded out the team scoring.  

On Thursday, February 14, the Vikings will host the Augustana Invitational at Pepsico Recreation Center and Carver Center.