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March 19, 2013


Senior Alex Rindone placed second in the NCAA Division III 400 and helped lead the Vikings to a 14th place finish in the national meet. He also set school records this winter in the 300 (:34.57), 400 (:48.21) and 1600 relay (3:16.88).

Vikings win three events and finish second at CCIW Championships; set four school records; finish 14th at nationals; ranked ninth in nation in dual meet power rankings; Rindone second in the nation at 400 meters; four Vikings win All-America honors in three events

Led by six All-America performances by four Vikings, coach Paul Olsen's Augustana track & field squad finished the 2013 indoor season with a 14th-place tie at the NCAA Division III Championships. The Vikings finished second at the CCIW meet and were also ranked ninth in the nation in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association dual meet power rankings. Along the way, four school records fell.  

Senior Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.) came within one one-hundredth of a second of a national championship in the 400 meters at this year's NCAA Division III Championships in Naperville, Illinois. His school-record :48.21 earned him second place and All-America honors. Senior Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) joined him as a 400-meter All-American, finishing eighth in :50.48.

The senior duo teamed with sophomores Keith Cline (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.) and David Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) to finish eighth in the 4x400, earning All-America status as well with a time of 3:18.06.  

Rindone's 400 time in the national finals bettered his own school record of :48.46, set in the preliminaries a day earlier. He also broke his own school record in the 300 by a half second, with a :34.57 at the Midwest Invitational at Monmouth, Illinois on January 19. At the Stevens Point Qualifier on March 2, Patton, Rindone, Cline and Voland set a new Augustana standard with a 3:16.88 in the 4x400 relay - the best 2013 time in the nation at the time. Senior heptathlete Ethan Gale (Oregon HS, Oregon, Ill.) set a new school mark as well, compiling 4,624 points at the CCIW Championships.  

Patton (400 meters) and Rindone (200) also won individual CCIW championships and joined Cline and Voland on the CCIW-winning 4x400 relay.   The Vikings opened the indoor season by winning the five-team Sol Butler Invitational at Dubuque University. Individual winners included Patton in the 400, seniors Dennis O'Flaherty (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) in the 1000 and Colton VanKirk (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, Ill.) in the pole vault, freshman Keith Sands (United Township HS, Silvis, Ill.) in the mile and the 4x800 relay of sophomore Nick Gornick (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.), junior Edgar Valle (Kaneland HS, Elburn, Ill.), senior Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) and O'Flaherty.  

Augustana won 10 events at Monmouth's Midwest Invitational, although no team scores were compiled. In addition to Rindone's school-record performance in the 300, junior Chris Madison (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) (600), Valle (800), Sands (3000), Voland (60 hurdles), junior Justin Davidson (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, Ill.) (high jump) and senior Mike Tovar (Mooseheart HS, Chicago, Ill.) (long jump) were individual winners. The 4x200, 4x400 and distance medley relays also picked up wins.   At the Olivet Nazarene Invitational, the Vikings tied the hosts for the title behind wins from Rindone (200), Patton (400), Voland (60 hurdles) and Gale (heptathlon) as well as the 4x400 relay team of Patton, sophomore Kyle Bennett (Davenport West HS, Davenport, Iowa), Voland and Rindone.  

Rindone (200) and the 4x400 relay won at UW-Whitewater's Converse Invitational, where the Vikings were fifth among nine teams.  

Augustana won Grinnell's 10-team Darren Young Classic with VanKirk (pole vault) joining Rindone (400) and the 4x400 relay team as winners.  

Olsen's crew headed into the CCIW meet off a win at the five-team Augustana Invitational. Winners at the Pepsico Center included senior Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) in the 3000, as well as Sands (mile), Rindone (55), Madison (800), Gornick (1000) and Voland (300). The Vikings also got a win from the 4x400 relay team of junior Jared Spivey (Annawan HS Annawan, Ill.), sophomore Vincenzo Dal Pozzo (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.), freshman Benjamin Damisch (Burlington Central HS, Maple Park, Ill.) and Cline.    


February 22-23, 2013 *** Carthage College *** Kenosha, Wisconsin

TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 250; 2. AUGUSTANA 131; 3. Carthage 114; 4. Illinois Wesleyan 63; 5. Wheaton 49; 6. North Park 28; 7. Millikin 15; 8. Elmhurst 13  


55 - Ryan Darcy, Illinois Wesleyan :06.46

200 - Alex Rindone, AUGUSTANA :22.04

400 - Greg Patton, AUGUSTANA :49.27               

800 - Luke Vance, Wheaton, 1:52.40

Mile - Matt Muth, North Central 4:15.47

3000 - Mark Phillips, Wheaton 8:30.72

5000 - Mitchell Gilbert, North Central 14:54.99

55 Hurdles - Darion Woods, Illinois Wesleyan :07.89

1600 Relay - AUGUSTANA (Greg Patton, Alex Rindone, Keith Cline, David Voland) 3:19.13

Distance Medley - North Central 9:58.89

High Jump - Trevor James, Carthage 6' 8¼"

Pole Vault - Josh Winder, North Central 15' 5½"

Long Jump - Matt Souvannsaing, North Central 23' 7¼"

Triple Jump - Cale Brown, Carthage 45' 3¾"

Shot Put -  Derrik Guyette, Carthage 55' 1½"

Weight Throw -  Derrik Guyette, Carthage 59' 11¼"

Heptathlon - Joseph Hletko, North Central 4,655  



NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP - Alex Rindone, 400 - 2nd (:48.21); Greg Patton, 400 - 8th (:50.48); Greg Patton, Alex Rindone, Keith Cline, David Voland, 4x400 relay - 8th (3:18.06)

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET QUALIFIERS - Alex Rindone (400); Greg Patton (400); Greg Patton, Alex Rindone, Keith Cline, David Voland (4x400 relay)

INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL RECORDS - Alex Rindone, 400 (:48.21) at NCAA Division III Championships in Naperville, Illinois on 03/09/13 - breaks old record of :48.46 set by Alex Rindone in 2013... Greg Patton, Alex Rindone, Keith Cline, David Voland, 4x400 relay (3:16.88) at Stevens Point, Wisconsin on 03/02/13 - breaks old record of 3:18.34 set by Evan Holschbach, Kyle Ekberg, Nick Borchert and Ted McMillan in 2009... Ethan Gale, Heptathlon (4,624) at CCIW Championships in Kenosha, Wisconsin on 02/22-23/13 - breaks old record of 4,415 set by Ethan Gale in 2013... Alex Rindone, 300 (:34.57) at Monmouth, Illinois on 01/19/13 - breaks old record of :35.07 set by Alex Rindone in 2012


NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIPS - Tied for 14th with 10 points

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN INDIVIDUAL & RELAY CHAMPIONS - Alex Rindone - 200 (:33.04)... Greg Patton - 400 (:49.27)... Greg Patton, Alex Rindone, Keith Cline, David Voland - 4x400 relay (3:19.13).

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE - Caleb Arnold-Ivey, Tyler Busch, Keegan Buttimer, Kyle Cluver, Benjamin Damisch, David Devore, Joshua Eisenberg, Nicholas Gornick, Jay Graffagna, Tommy Harris, Daniel Hostens, Paul Hurd, Szymon Ligas, Kevin Macek, Cale McCormick, Dennis O'Flaherty, Jacob O'Rourke, Alex Odenkirk, Greg Patton, Brian Pollastrini, Keith Sands, Jonathan Smith, Justin Smith, Nathan Smith, Isaac Trostle, Edgardo Valle, David Voland

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONISN "ATHLETE OF THE WEEK"  - Alex Rindone (Track - 01/22/13 & 02/12/13); Greg Patton (Track - 01/29/13)

TEAM INVITATIONAL TITLES - Sol Butler Invitational (5 teams), 01/12/13; Olivet Nazarene Invitational (8 teams), 01/26/13; Grinnell Invitational (10 teams), 02/09/13; Augustana Invitational (4 teams), 02/14/13.  


Spartan Invitational in Dubuque, Iowa on 01/12/13 - 400 (Greg Patton) :50.59... 1000 (Dennis O'Flaherty) 2:24.25... Mile (Keith Sands) 4:33.24... 4x800 relay (Nick Gornick, Edgar Valle, Justin Smith, Dennis O'Flaherty) 8:13.24... Pole vault (Colton VanKirk) 14' 3¼"  

Midwest Indoor Invitational in Monmouth, Illinois on 01/19/13 - 300 (Alex Rindone) :34.57... 600 (Chris Madison) 1:27.98... 800 (Edgar Valle) 1:59.74... 3000 (Keith Sands) 8:48.33... 60 hurdles (David Voland) :08.61... 4x200 relay (Alex Rindone, Floyd Mays, Jay Graffagna, Keith Cline) 1:30.11... 4x400 relay (Benjamin Damisch, Chris Madison, Kyle Bennett, Edgar Valle) 3:30.85... Distance medley relay (Nick Gornick, Ryan Brummett, Dennis O'Flaherty, Brain Lovejoy) 11:01.34... High jump (Justin Davidson) 6' 5"... Long jump (Mike Tovar) 21' 5¼"  

Olivet Nazarene Invitational in Bourbonnais, Illinois on 01/26/13 - 200 (Alex Rindone) :22.02... 400 (Greg Patton) :50.01... 60 hurdles (David Voland) :08.62... 4x400 relay (Greg Patton, Kyle Bennett, David Voland, Alex Rindone) 3:20.04... Heptathlon (Ethan Gale) 4,415  

Converse Invitational in Whitewater, Wisconsin on 02/01/13 - 200 (Alex Rindone) :22.02... 4x400 relay (Greg Patton, Alex Rindone, Keith Cline, David Voland) 3:18.64  

Grinnell Invitational in Grinnell, Iowa on 02/09/13 - 400 (Alex Rindone) :48.85... 4x400 relay (Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone, David Voland) 3:21.73... Pole vault (Colton VanKirk) 14' 5¼"  

Augustana Invitational in Rock Island, Illinois on 02/14/13 - Mile (Keith Sands) 4:20.80... 55 (Alex Rindone) :06.53... 800 (Chris Madison) 1:56.34... 1000 (Nick Gornick) 2:42.18... 300 (David Voland) :35.42... 3000 (Jonathan Smith) 8:48.21... 4x400 relay (Jared Spivey, Vincenzo DalPozzo, Ben Damisch, Keith Cline) 3:30.06  

Stevens Point Qualifier in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on 03/02/13 -  4x400 relay (Greg Patton, Alex Rindone, Keith Cline, David Voland) 3:16.88