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June 18, 2013


It was another banner year for the Augustana men's track & field program and veteran head coach Paul Olsen. The Vikings finished the season ranked seventh in NCAA Division III and the 1600 relay team finished second in the nation.

Second-place national finish by 4x400 relay highlights 2013 men's outdoor season; Alex Rindone, David Voland and 4x100 relay earn All-America recognition as well; Rindone named CCIW Track Athlete of the Meet after wins in four events; Three school records fall on the season

A second-place finish by Augustana's 4x400 relay team at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships capped off the outdoor season for Coach Paul Olsen's track & field team. The 4x100 relay also earned All-America status, as did senior Alex Rindone (Marmion Academy, Geneva, Ill.) in the 400 and sophomore David Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) in the 400 hurdles. The Vikings finished in 18th place as a team. Rindone also won two individual events and anchored a pair of winning relays at the CCIW Championships, earning Track Athlete of the Meet honors.  

The 1600 relay of senior Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.), sophomore Antonio Owens (Naperville North HS, Bolingbrook, Ill.), Voland and Rindone finished in 3:10.06 at the national meet. The same quartet ran a school-record 3:09.48 at this year's Drake Relays. Rindone and Voland each finished seventh in the nation in the 400 and 400 hurdles, respectively and the 4x100 relay of sophomore David Devore (Midland HS, Midland, Mich.), Patton, sophomore Keith Cline (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.) and Rindone took eighth in the nation.  

Behind five individual and two relay wins, the Vikings finished second at this year's CCIW Championships. Rindone won the 100 and 200, anchored winning efforts in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and was named Track Athlete of the Meet. Other CCIW champions for Augustana were Patton in the 400, Voland in the 400 hurdles and freshman Keith Sands (United Township HS, Silvis, Ill.) in the 5000. Joining Rindone on the relays were Devore, Patton and junior Jay Graffagna (Geneva HS, La Fox, Ill.) in the 4x100 and senior Dan Doubet (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, Ill.), Owens and Voland in the 4x400.  

In addition to the 4x400 relay, two other school records fell this season. Rindone bettered Mike Meyer's 1980 mark in the 400 twice in less than a month, with his :47.43 at the Twilight Qualifier the newest standard. The 4x200 relay of Devore, sophomore Nowlan Savage (Arapahoe HS, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Graffagna and Cline set a new record with a 1:27.16 at the Drake Relays.  

The Vikings won four invitationals this spring, besting nine other teams each at the Viking Olympics on March 22-23, the Wartburg Select on April 6 and the Meet of Champions on April 20. They were also best among an eight-team field at the Augustana Open on March 28. In addition, Olsen's squad finished fourth of 20 teams at Western Illinois University's Lee Calhoun Memorial on April 12-13. Augustana finished behind only NCAA Division I programs Illinois, Iowa and Western Illinois.  

Senior Luke Anderson's (Lemont HS, Lemont, Ill.) 176' 8" javelin throw was one of 10 winning efforts for the hosts at the Viking Olympics. Voland set a meet record, winning the 400 hurdles in :52.82, added a season-best :15.19 in the 110 hurdles and was named the CCIW's Track Athlete of the Week.  

The Vikings won nine events at the Augustana Open. Senior Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) pulled off a tough double, winning the 1500 and the 3000 in a Viking season-best 8:45.46.  

Wins in seven events pushed Augustana past the hosts as the Vikings won the Wartburg Select. Freshman Caleb Ivey (Plainfield North HS, Plainfield, Ill.) set a team season best with a 22' ¼" long jump, finishing third.  

The 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams each posted the top Division III times in the nation to that point as the Vikings finished fourth of 20 teams at Western Illinois.  

Rindone's first school-record effort in the 400 was one of five Augustana wins at the Meet of Champions. Senior Kevin Macek (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.), Augustana's 2013 MVP for field events, threw the hammer a season-best 162' 11".  

The Twilight Qualifier saw three season bests set in addition to Rindone's latest 400 school record. Dal Pozzo won the 800 in 1:52.30. Voland won the 400 hurdles in :51.77 and the 4x100 relay of Devore, Patton, Cline and Rindone ran a winning :41.03. Patton ran a :47.72 to finish second in the 400, also bettering the previous school record.    

May 3-4, 2013 @ Millikin University - Decatur, Illinois

TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 264; 2. AUGUSTANA 216; 3. Carthage 154; 4. Wheaton 75; 5. Illinois Wesleyan 58; 6. Millikin 24.5; 7. North Park 21.5; 8. Elmhurst 5.  

100 - Alex Rindone, AUGUSTANA :11.04; 200 - Alex Rindone, AUGUSTANA :21.70; 400 - Greg Patton, AUGUSTANA :48.26; 800 - Luke Vance, Wheaton 1:52.82; 1500 - John Crain, North Central 3:55.38; 5000 - Keith Sands, AUGUSTANA 14:48.78; 10,000 - Joe McAvoy, North Central 32:00.06; 110 Hurdles - Marcus Griffith, North Park :15.09; 400 Hurdles - David Voland, AUGUSTANA :52.84; 3000 Steeplechase - James Waterman, Wheaton 9:08.90; 4x100 Relay - AUGUSTANA (David Devore, Greg Patton, Jay Gaffagna, Alex Rindone) :41.62; 4x400 Relay - AUGUSTANA (Dan Doubet, Antonio Owens, David Voland, Alex Rindone)  3:15.87; High jump - Trevor James, Carthage 6' 11"; Pole vault - Josh Winder, North Central 16' 6¾"; Long Jump - Zach Heerspink, North Central 22' 9¼"; Triple Jump - Joey Pacione, Illinois Wesleyan 45' 2¾"; Shot Put - Derrik Guyette, Carthage 52' 10"; Discus - Mark Balmes, Carthage 157'; Hammer Throw - Eric Schmidt, Carthage 177' 6"; Javelin - Nick Fridrich, North Central 187' 4"; Decathlon - Quenten Austin, Carthage 6,230.  


AUGUSTANA SCHOOL RECORDS: 400 - Alex Rindone, :47.43 at Augustana Twilight Qualifier on 05/17/13 in Rock Island, Illinois - breaks his own record of :47.76 set in 2013... 4x200 Relay - David Devore, Nowlan Savage, Jay Graffagna, Keith Cline, 1:27.16 at Drake Relays on 04/26/13 in Des Moines, Iowa - breaks previous record of 1:27.72 set by Max Peterson, James Wood, Alex Rindone and Nick Borchert in 2010... 4x400 Relay - Greg Patton, Antonio Owens, David Voland, Alex Rindone, 3:09.48 at Drake Relays on 04/27/13 in Des Moines, Iowa - breaks their own record of 3:10.03 set in 2013.   CCIW CHAMPIONS: 100 - Alex Rindone :11.04; 200 - Alex Rindone :21.70; 400 - Greg Patton :48.26; 5000 - Keith Sands 14:48.78; 400 Hurdles - David Voland :52.84; 4x100 Relay - David Devore, Greg Patton, Jay Gaffagna, Alex Rindone :41.62; 4x400 Relay - Dan Doubet, Antonio Owens, David Voland, Alex Rindone 3:15.87.

CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN: Greg Patton, 1st team; Jonathan Smith, 2nd team; Josh Eisenberg, 3rd team & David Voland, 3rd team.

CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 7: Greg Patton, Jonathan Smith, Josh Eisenberg, David Voland, first team.  

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Mike Anderson, Caleb Arnold-Ivey, Andrew Brimeyer, Ryan Brummet, Tyler Busch, Keegan Buttimer, Kyle Cluver, David Devore, Josh Eisenberg, Nick Gornick, Jay Graffagna, Tommy Harris, Daniel Hostens, Paul Hurd, Szymon Ligas, Kevin Macek, Garrett Miner, Dennis O'Flaherty, Jacob O'Rourke, Alex Odenkirk, Greg Patton, Brian Pollastrini, Keith Sands, Nowlan Savage, Jonathan Smith, Justin Smith, Nathan Smith, Isaac Trostle, Edgardo Valle, David Voland.

CCIW ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: David Voland (Track), 3/23/13; 4x400 Relay - Greg Patton, Antonio Owens, David Voland Alex Rindone (Track), 4/15/13; Alex Rindone (Track), 4/23/13.  

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL QUALIFIERS: Alex Rindone, 400... Greg Patton, 400... David Voland, 400 Hurdles... Vincenzo Dal Pozzo, 800... 4x100 Relay (David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone)... 4x400 Relay (Greg Patton, Antonio Owens, David Voland, Alex Rindone).  

AUGUSTANA TEAM AWARDS: MVP (Track): Alex Rindone; MVP (Field): Kevin Macek; Most Inspirational: Greg Patton; Most Valuable Freshman (Track): Keith Sands; Most Valuable Freshman (Field): Caleb Ivey; Most Improved: Antonio Owens; Captains-Elect for 2014: Tyler Busch, Josh Eisenberg, Jay Graffagna, Chris Madison.  


Viking Olympics, 03/22-23/13 in Rock Island, Illinois: 4x100 Relay - David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone :42.26; 110H - David Voland :15.9; 100 - Alex Rindone :10.84; 800 - Vincenzo Dal Pozzo 1:54.35; 400H - David Voland :52.82; 200 - Greg Patton :22.28; 4x400 Relay - Vincenzo Dal Pozzo, Chris Madison, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone 3:21.25; Javelin - Luke Anderson 176' 8"; Long Jump - Caleb Ivey 21' 6¼".  

Augustana Open, 03/28/13 in Rock Island, Illinois: 200 - Keith Cline :22.07; 400 - Greg Patton :48.67; 1500 - Justin Smith 3:59.05; 3000 - Justin Smith 8:45.46; 4x100 Relay - David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone :41.28; 4x400 Relay - Edgar Valle, Vincenzo Dal Pozzo, Greg Patton, Alex Rindone 3:20.13; High Jump - Justin Davidson 6' 4¾"; Pole Vault - Jeff Padesky 15' ¼"; Javelin - Luke Anderson 169' 8".  

Wartburg Select, 04/06/13 in Waverly, Iowa: 200 - Keith Cline :22.23; 400 - Greg Patton :49.12; 800 - Chris Madison 1:55.54; 1500 - Justin Smith 4:00.86; 4x100 - David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone :42.08; 4x400 - Cale McCormick, Edgar Valle, Jared Spivey, Dan Popek 3:17.54; Pole Vault - Colton Vankirk 14' 3¼".  

Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, 04/12-13/13 in Macomb, Illinois: 4x100 - David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone :41.73; 4x400 Relay - Greg Patton, Antonio Owens, David Voland, Alex Rindone 3:12.82; 4x800 Relay - Vincenzo Dal Pozzo, Edgar Valle, Cale McCormick, Chris Madison 7:53.84.  

Meet of Champions, 04/20/13 in Rock Island, Illinois: 5000 - Jonathan Smith 15:03.40; 400 - Alex Rindone :47.76; 400H - David Voland :52.07; 200 - Alex Rindone :21.74; 4x400 Relay - Greg Patton, Antonio Owens, Vincenzo Dal Pozzo, Alex Rindone 3:15.14.  

Loras Open, 4/27/13 in Dubuque, Iowa: Discus - Jacob Benner 142' 2".  

Dr. Keeler Invitational, 05/09-10/13 in Naperville, Illinois: 400H - David Voland :52.04.  

Augustana Twilight Qualifier, 05/17/13 in Rock Island, Illinois: 400 - Alex Rindone :47.43; 800 - Vincenzo Dal Pozzo 1:52.30; 5000 - Jonathan Smith 15:14.17; 400H - David Voland :51.77; 3000 Steeplechase - Isaac Trostle 9:43.27; 4x100 - David Devore, Greg Patton, Keith Cline, Alex Rindone :41.03; 4x400 Relay - Kyle Williams, Ethan Gale, Joshua Eisenberg, Shay Hostens 3:18.39.  




CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2nd with 216 points   

INVITATIONALS: Viking Olympics, 03/22-23/13 - 1st of 10... Augustana Open, 03/28/13 - 1st of 8... Wartburg Select, 04/06/13 - 1st of 10... Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, 04/12-13/13 - 4th of 20... Meet of Champions, 04/20/13 - 1st of 10.