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March 12, 2013

Vikings close indoor season ranked 19th

Junior Kristyn Barton was part of the Vikings' distance medley relay that placed second at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin indoor track & field championship in 2013.

The Augustana women's track & field team ended its indoor season ranked in the top 20 in NCAA Division III according to the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association's dual meet power rankings.  Head coach Fred Whiteside's Vikings are ranked 19th, finishing with a total of 131.68 points.

  Wisconsin-LaCrosse leads the NCAA Division III poll, which ranks the top two performances by each team in every event, with 162.39 with Wisconsin-Oshkosh in second with 161.30. Tufts (154.18), Wartburg (153.95) and Ithaca (151.59) make up the top five. The Midwest Region shows its dominance as it contains 10 of the top 20 teams in this ranking.  

The Vikings are coming off of a fifth place finish at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship on February 22-23.  As an individual, junior Taelar Hillyer's (Rock Island Alleman HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) mark in the pole vault was good enough to qualify in the NCAA Division III indoor national championship.  

The Vikings started the indoor season off right with a first place finish at the Sol Butler Invitational on January 12 in Dubuque, Iowa.  They finished third at the Olivet Nazarene Invitational on January 26 and then went on to place fifth at the hotly contested Warhawk Invitational in Whitewater, Wisconsin.   A third place finish at the Grinnell Invitational on February 9 was followed by a victory in the Valentine's Day Invitational on Thursday, February 14 at home.  

Augustana will look forward to the Viking Olympics on March 22-23 at home which will officially begin its outdoor season.  

2013 NCAA DIVISION III INDOOR DUAL MEET POWER RANKINGSSponsored by the USTFCCA  ** As of 03/12/2013  ** POLL #6  

1. Wisconsin-LaCrosse Midwest 162.39
2. Wisconsin-Oshkosh Midwest 161.30
3. Tufts New England 154.18
4. Wartburg Central 153.95
5. Ithaca Atlantic 151.59
6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology New England 148.27
7. North Central Midwest 147.37
8. Wisconsin-Eau Claire Midwest 147.17
9. SUNY Cortland Atlantic 145.93
10. Williams New England 141.11
11. St. Lawrence Atlantic 140.26
12. Wisconsin-Stevens Point Midwest 138.96
13. Ohio Wesleyan Great Lakes 138.18
14. Illinois Wesleyan Midwest 137.94
15. John Hopkins Mideast 136.81
16. Wisconsin-Stout Midwest 136.27
17. Washington Midwest 135.95
18. Wisconsin-Whitewater Midwest 132.13
19. Augustana Midwest 131.68
20. Carthage Midwest 131.23