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June 23, 2008

2009 Season - ESPN the Magazine names Ted McMillan a first team Academic All-America; Jim Beatty earns second team honors

Rock Island, Ill. – ESPN the Magazine has announced its 2008 Academic All-America teams for track & field and cross country and Augustana is well represented in the college division. Junior Ted McMillan (Erie HS, Cordova, Ill.) was named to the first team while senior Jim Beatty (Antioch HS, Antioch, Ill.) and junior Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.) were second team selections.

McMillan, a chemistry major, carries a 3.52 grade point average and was the Augustana men’s winner of the Jack Swartz Award for the 2008 spring season. Heading into his senior year, he’s already a three-time team MVP, 12-time CCIW champion, 10-time All-American, and two-time national champion, having won the 2007 outdoor titles in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and high jump. McMillan also holds Augustana school records in the 55 meter hurdles (:07.69) indoors and the 110 (:14.55) and 400 meter hurdles (:51.21) outdoors. He qualified for the 2008 national outdoor meet in five events including the decathlon, with a score of 6,598 points (third highest in school history), although he chose not to compete in the event. He is one of just two Vikings athletes ever to clear 7’0” in the high jump as well.

Beatty, who graduated this spring with a degree in history, had a 3.98 GPA. He was the winner of Augustana’s Knut Erickson Award, given to the senior letter winner with the highest cumulative GPA in the entire athletic department. He was also the Augustana men’s recipient of the CCIW’s Jack Swartz Award for the 2008 winter season. He won the 5000 meters at the 2007 Prairie Fire Relays and took third place in the mile at Illinois Wesleyan’s Bob Keck Invitational during the 2008 indoor season. He also finished eighth in the mile with a time of 4:22.46 at the 2008 CCIW indoor meet. During the outdoor season, he ran a leg on the 4x800 relay that took second at Augustana’s Meet of Champions, and ran with the distance medley relay team that finished 16th at the Drake Relays as well.

Coleman carries a 3.80 GPA in biology/pre-med. She was Augustana’s women’s Jack Swartz recipient for the 2008 winter season. Through her first three seasons, she’s dominated the sprint events in the CCIW, winning the conference every year in the 55 meters indoors and 100 meters outdoors. The two-time All-American also holds school records for the 100 meters (:11.96) outdoors and 55 (:07.08), 60 (:07.81), and 200 meters (:25.68) indoors.

McMillan, Beatty and Coleman bring to 125 the number of Academic All-America selections from Augustana. The school ranks fifth among all colleges and universities in the nation in Academic All-America selections since the award was established in 1952.


1. Nebraska, University of

2. Notre Dame, University of

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4. Penn State University

5. Augustana College (Ill.)

6. Bucknell University

7. Stanford University

8. Illinois Wesleyan University

9. California-Los Angeles, University of (UCLA)

10. Emory University


2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America®

College Division Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team


Name                            School                                                  Dist.      Yr.     Hometown                    GPA       Major(s)

Steve Blum                    U.S. COAST GUARD ACADEMY            I             Sr.     Farmington, Conn.          3.42       Civil engineering

Aaron Braun                  ADAMS STATE                                      VII         Jr.      Fort Collins, Colo.          3.76       Math education

Chris Erichsen               SAINT JOHN’S (MN)                             V            Sr.     Spring Valley, Minn.        3.79       Economics

Matt Gersick                  ADAMS STATE                                      VII         Jr.      Pueblo West, Colo.         3.86       Human performance & PE, physics

Brian Harvey                 CARNEGIE MELLON                             II            Jr.      Ellicott City, Md.             3.96       Mechanical and biomedical eng.

Michael Hoffman           STEVENS INST. TECH.                          II            Sr.     Franklin Township, N.J. 3.98       Biomedical engineering

Tony Kilburg                 WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE                  V            Jr.      Bellevue, Iowa                3.89       Engineering physics and math

Evan Knight                   NEBRASKA WESLEYAN                        VII         Sr.     Keystone, Neb.               3.99       History, Spanish

Ted McMillan               AUGUSTANA (IL)                              V            Jr.     Cordova, Ill.                   3.52      Chemistry

Fritz Nugent                  REDLANDS                                           VIII        Gr.     Tinley Park, Ill.                3.66       Studio art, higher education

Thomas Reives             ROSE-HULMAN                                    V            Sr.     Indianapolis, Ind.           3.98       Mechanical engineering

Zach Rodgers                CHICAGO                                              V            Sr.     Nashville, Tenn.              3.96       Biology, chemistry, physics

Ben Spaun                     WHITWORTH                                        VIII        Sr.     Wenatchee, Wash.          3.99       Physics, math

P.J. Theisen                   ST. THOMAS (MN)                                V            Sr.     New Prague, Minn.          3.93       Accounting

Justin Walters               MUSKINGUM                                        IV           Sr.     Pickerington, Ohio          4.00       Economics, education

Academic All-America® of the Year: Fritz Nugent, Redlands                                                                    


SECOND TEAM                                                                                                                                                        

Michael Barnes                DENISON                                            IV           Jr.      Gates Mills, Ohio            3.84       Economics

Jim Beatty                     AUGUSTANA (IL)                            V            Sr.     Antioch, Ill.                    3.98      History

Tom Brower                     WASHINGTON & LEE                         III          Sr.     Syracuse, N.Y.                 3.99       Politics

Eric Buss                          SAINT JOHN’S (MN)                           V            Jr.      Coon Rapids, Minn.        3.75       Mathematics, physics

Derek Carson                  NEBRASKA WESLEYAN                      VII         Jr.      Lincoln, Neb.                   3.86       History

R. J. Cowan                      TEXAS-TYLER                                      VI           Jr.      Whitehouse, Texas         3.79       Health & kinesiology

Jonathan Erickson          DUBUQUE                                          VII         Sr.     Pella, Iowa                       3.90       Flight

Alexander Grout              ONEONTA STATE                                I             Sr.     Clifton Park, N.Y.             3.76       Music industry

Jordan Henry                  MISSOURI SCIENCE & TECH.             VII         Jr.      St. Charles, Mo.               3.86       Electrical engineering

John Hoffman                 STEVENS INST. TECH.                        II            Sr.     Franklin Township, N.J. 3.95       Biomedical engineering

Drew Hood                      GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS                     V            Sr.     Mankato, Minn.               3.93       Economics

Sam Johnson                   WISCONSIN-EAU CLAIRE                  V            Jr.      Deer Park, Wis.               3.94       Physics

Will Koeppel                   FLORIDA SOUTHERN                         III          Sr.     Lakeland, Fla.                  3.96       Biology

Kyle Steiner                     WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT            V            Sr.     Grafton, WI                     3.79       Biology

Burns Stephen                 ROCHESTER INST. TECH.                   I             Sr.     Newmarket, Ontario       3.82       Finance

John Ybarra                     ADAMS STATE                                    VII         Gr.     Holland, Mich.                 3.91       Human performance & PE