Augie Edges USF In Inaugural Butler/Greeno Dual
Vikings Defeat Rival Cougars 183-182
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana track and field team opened the outdoor season by winning the inaugural Rich Greeno/Vance Butler Dual over crosstown rival, USF, 183-182.
The Vikings won 18 events, compared to USF’s 17, including winning the last event, the coed 4×400-relay, to seal the dual victory. The winning 4×400-relay team for Augustana featured Zach Tuschen, Valerie Moos, Josh Barrows and Brooke DeVos.
“It was a great atmosphere and this was an exciting meet for our program,” coach Tracy Hellman said of the Greeno/Butler Dual. “This was our first dual meet and I thought it was a really fun and an exciting way to compete against USF. We were excited to win and it was a great team victory. Dual meets and winning by one point, just shows that every person counts in a team victory. Today was a great start to the outdoor season.”
To go along with being a part of the 4×400-relay victory, Barrows won two other events on the day, the 400-meters and the 400-meter hurdles. Barrows set a personal best in the 400-meters with a time of 50.28.
The Vikings also swept the women’s races in the 400-meters and the 400-meter hurdles. DeVos and Emma Schmidt went 1-2 in the 400-meters and Valerie Moos and Morgan Rothschadl finished in the top-two in the 400-meter hurdles.
Glen Ellingson won a pair of races, the 1,500-meters and the 3,000-meters, for Augustana. John Klecker finished behind Ellingson in the 3,000-meters to give the Vikings the top-two finishers in the race.
Emma Anderson also won two events. Anderson finished 1-2 with Mackenzie Kelly in the 1,500-meters and took the top spot in the 800-meters with a time of 2:24.72. Kelly also went on the win the 3,000-meters, with Cassidy Soli finishing in second.
In the 1,500-meter steeplechase, the Vikings took first in each of the men’s and women’s races. Courtney Hottovy finished in first in the women’s race and Nathan Schroeder and Skylar DeJong went 1-2 in the men’s race.
Next week the Vikings will be in California and Iowa. Augustana is set to compete at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. on April 13-15 and will participate in the Jim Duncan Invite in Des Moines, Iowa on April 14-15.