Augustana (Ill.) eases to title at Meet of Champions with eight event winners
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- Taking advantage of the best weather of the spring, Augustana (Ill.) ran away with the team title at the Meet of Champions team title on Friday at Paul V. Olsen Track. The Vikings won eight events, including two in meet-record fashion, and scored 249 points to demolish the nine team field. Carthage was a distant second with 143 points while Wisconsin-Whitewater was third with 140 and Wisconsin-Platteville took fourth with 133. Wisconsin-Stevens Point (124.5), Monmouth (117.5), Luther (61), St. Ambrose (27) and Concordia-Wisconsin (1) rounded out the field.
Two meet records stood front and center for head coach Paul Olsen's Vikings on a sun-splashed Friday and both involved races over barriers. Junior All-American David Voland won the 400 hurdles in a new meet record time of :51.45. Sophomore Keith Sands, running in just the second 3,000 steeplechase of his career, won in a new Meet of Champions standard 9:08.30. That is also the fifth fastest time in Augustana history.
Sophomore Ethan Koch, taking advantage of perfect distance-running weather on Thursday night won the 10,000 with a time of 31:08.40. Junior Vincenzo Dal Pozzo led a one-two finish in the 800 with a winning time of 1:53.64. Sophomore teammate Dan Popek was second in 1:54.29 and for good measure senior Chris Madison threw in a fourth-place finish in 1:54.98.
The Augustana sprinters have been solid all spring and Saturday was no exception as junior David Devore exploded for a :21.53 win in the 200. That is the second fastest 200 in school history, trailing only the :21.17 school record set by Alex Rindone in 2012. Junior Keith Cline was second in :21.78 and that is the sixth fastest time ever by an Augustana sprinter. Devore was second (:10.95) and Cline took third (:11.09) in the 100.
Devore handled the leadoff leg and Cline the anchor for the winning 400 meter relay unit that clocked a time of :41.43. Devore and Cline were joined by junior Nowlan Savage and senior Jay Graffagna.
The 1,600 relay of junior Antonio Owens, junior Kyle Bennett, Savage and freshman Isaac Smith won in 3:15.01. Smith placed second in the 400 in :48.35, Bennett fourth in the 400 hurdles in :54.50 and Savage was seventh in :49.12.
The 3,200 relay of Popek, senior Szymon Ligas, junior Alex Odenkirk and junior Keegan Buttimer won in 8:08.20. Buttimer also threw in a fifth-place finish in the 1,500 in 3:56.87.
Senior Josh Eisenberg finished second in the two-day decathlon event with 6,469 points. Freshman Tanner Osing was second in the 1,500 in 3:55.93.
While Sands was winning the 3,000 steeplechase, seniors Tyler Busch and Isaac Trostle were placing third (9:33.00) and fourth (9:36.10) respectively. Freshman Dan Herrera was sixth in 9:46.90.
Freshman Stephan Lavelle took fourth in the 5,000 in 15:33.96 and junior Andrew Brimeyer placed fifth in 15:47.79.
The top field event finish for Augustana came in the long jump where junior Kevin Gordy took third with a leap of 21' 11.5". Freshman Myles Wallin was fourth in the triple jump at 43' 10 .5" and freshman Austin Burant was eighth in the same event at 41' 2.25".