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March 9, 2013

Rindone second in the nation at 400 meters

Augustana senior Alex Rindone (L) missed by :00.01 of winning a national title in the 400 meters Saturday in Naperville, Illinois. UW-LaCrosse's Aric Hoeschen (R) finished in :48.20, just ahead of Rindone's school-record :48.21. Four Vikings earned All-America status and helped Augustana to a tie for 14th in the team standings.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - One one-hundredth of a second was all that separated Augustana senior Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.) and an NCAA Division III indoor national championship in the 400 meters Saturday. Classmate Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) finished eighth in the same event, joining Rindone in earning All-America status. Both also ran on the Augustana 4x400 relay which garnered an eighth-place finish as well.

In the 400, Rindone made up considerable ground on the final lap, but crossed the finish line a scant :00.01 behind Aric Hoeschen of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Hoeschen, tumbled across the line with a winning time of :48.20, while Rindone's :48.21 set a new school record for the second day in a row. Rindone finished Friday's preliminaries in a then-school record :48.46. Patton, running in section one, finished in :50.48 to claim eighth place.  

Less than two hours later, both Rindone and Patton competed, along with sophomores Keith Cline (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.) and David Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.), in the 4x400 relay. That quartet finished in 3:18.06 to achieve All-America status as well - Rindone and Patton, for the second time on the day.  

Augustana finished tied for 14th in the team standings with 10 points. UW-LaCrosse won the team title with 74 points.