11/09/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/09/2019 13:18
The women's team had six runners finish in the top-15 with a final score of 41 while the men had three runners finish in the top-15 with a final score of 76. The women beat out conference foe UMary by nine points to take home the title.
The women's 41 points are the second-lowest total in program history after compiling 64 points in last year's runners-up performance. After losing four of its top-8 from last year the women bounced back in a big way.
improved off her 18th place finish a year ago with a third-place finish this year to lead the Vikings. Schmidt finished with a time of 21:25.33. placed seventh with a time of 21:39.24 while her sister finished right behind her in eighth with a time of 21:39.72.
Rounding out the top-10 for Augustana was who improved 22 spots from her 2018 finish of 32nd to finish in 10th place this year with a time of 21:42.08. placed 13th with a time of 21:45.15 and placed 15th with a time of 21:48.76. Completing the scoring for the Vikings was , the sophomore finished with a time of 22:16.22 for 27th place.
With the first-place finish, the Viking women have qualified for their 13th national meet in the last 14 years.
The men have now qualified for the NCAA Championships for the 11th-straight year after placing in the top three today. The men's 76 points were 24 points behind first-place Missouri Southern and 12 points behind Northwest Missouri.
led the way for the Vikings placing third with a time of 30:13.30. Runge is coming off placing first at the NSIC Championships. and round out the top-15 for the Vikings. Urtusastegui placed 12th with a time of 30:53.9 while Miller ran a time of 31:11.60 and finished in 14th place.
had a strong time of 31:28.9 that placed him 21st while placed 26th with a time of 31:37.7. and round out the scoring for Augie as Klitzke placed 30th with a time of 31:46.10. Steiger finished 55th after running a time of 32:24.4.
Both the men's and women's teams will finish up its season after earning spots in the NCAA DII National Championships on Nov. 23 in Sacramento, California.