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Junior Portia Carrera competes at the CCIW conference championship held at St. James Farm in Wheaton, Il. on Oct. 30.

To compete or not to compete: athletes share reasons why

Said Nonoal November 17, 2022

Senior Garrett Craig used to find himself protecting the quarterback during “Friday night lights,” but nowadays Craig finds himself hitting the books.  Craig was raised in the football culture,...

Fall sports approach the midpoint of the season

Said Nonoal October 6, 2022

It is officially October, and that means that the fall athletics seasons are in full swing, as Augustana athletic teams are approaching the midpoint of their seasons. The men’s water polo team has...

Track & field: Cross country teams announce staffing and program changes

Carly Davis October 28, 2021

Aug. 11, David Thompson, former Augustana women’s cross country coach, announced his resignation from the position to team members via email. Thompson also said he would start as NYU’s head coach of...

Faculty mentors provide added support for student-athletes

Stuti Shrestha October 16, 2021

The faculty mentor program at Augustana is designed to support student athletes by providing each sports team a faculty mentor.  Men’s soccer captain, senior Nicholas Dispensa, has turned to his...

Running on empty

Carly Davis April 16, 2021

Trigger Warning: This article discusses eating disorders/disordered eating. The pandemic has pushed college athletics as close to the breaking point as it can. Reducing crowds, limiting team bonding and...

From national champion to coach

Ameliese Baehr-Ross October 26, 2020

David Thompson has been the head women's cross country and track coach for almost seventeen years. Thompson was a three time national champion in college in track and field. He started coaching at North...

Knut Erickson Award winners speak out on how to balance academics with sports

Jannae Mehaffey October 25, 2020

The Knut Erickson Academics Award is an award given to the top male and female student athletes who attend the blanket award ceremony every spring. The athletes who qualify for an academic blanket are...

Augie athlete feature: cross country and comradery

Anjelica Ortiz October 2, 2020

Madison Mayer is a junior on the women’s cross country team here at Augustana. She is from Rolling Meadows, Illinois and went to Rolling Meadows High School. Madison ran in high school and joined the...

XC and golf have alternative competitions

XC and golf have alternative competitions

Nick Gainey September 24, 2020

Even though fall sports have been put on hold by COVID-19, not all is lost for some Augustana sports teams. Cross country and women’s golf have made the most of the pandemic by finding alternative forms...

Mitchell Johnson (18) runs a corner at Luther Colleges course last week.

Men’s cross country gears up for home invitational

September 14, 2017

After a promising start to the season with a first place finish at the WIU Early Bird Invitational, the Augustana men's cross country team followed up with another strong performance at the Luther All-American...

Fred Whiteside prepares practice plans for women’s track and field on March 17, in prepartion for the Rhodes Invitational.
Photo by Katie Canning.

A good run: Whiteside retires after 40 years

March 20, 2015

After 40 years of unparalleled success as head coach for the Augustana women’s track and cross country teams, Coach Fred Whiteside announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2015 track and...

(Left to right) Senior Keith Cline, senior Bryan Long and junior Jeremy Lang run during the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, IL on Sept. 26.
Photo by Hoang Nguyen.

Augustana men’s XC continues to rise

October 3, 2014

The Augustana cross country team has been advancing throughout the year meet by meet. Before the year started, the team was not ranked in the national polls, but after their first meet, the team was ranked...

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