Augustana University - Cross Country Camps

Coaching Staff

Scott Tanis | Assistant Coach

Scott Tanis enters his seventh year as an assistant coach for Augustana's men's and women's cross country and track and field teams in 2020.

The 2019 NSIC Track and Field Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year (distance), Tanis Coached student-athletes that scored 69 of the teams 117 points at the NSIC Championships in 2019. Tanis helped three student-athletes earn All-NSIC honors, and had four athletes ranks in the top 10 in the nation in the discipline.

Behind the leadership of Tanis, the 2019 Cross Country season featured impressive performances for both the Viking men and women. The Augustana Women earned the 2019 NCAA Central Region Championship, and the Viking men claimed the 2019 NSIC Championship, with Aaron Runge winning the individual title.

At the NCAA Championships, both the Viking Men and Women earned 6th place. On the men's side, Aaron Runge (16th) and Jesus Urtusuastegui (25th) earned NCAA DII All-America honors.

The 2018 cross country season marked another banner year for Augustana and Tanis. Following a pair of second-place finishes at both the NSIC Championship and NCAA Central Region championship, the Vikings men and women both competed well at the DII NCAA Championships. The men turned in a 10th place finish and the women finished 18th. For the Augustana men, Hellman secured their 9th top-ten finish in the last ten years.

Prior to the championships, the Augustana men's and women's cross country teams were honored with 11 NCAA DII All-Region honorees. The 11 honorees for the Vikingssares the most in program history and was the most of any team at the Central Regional Championships.

A phenomenal year on the course was then capped off with eight student-athletes earning the nation's highest academic honor. Six Viking women and a pair of men were recently named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team.

In 2017 Cross Country season, Tanis assisted with the men’s team capturing their ninth straight NSIC title, their sixth consecutive Central Region championship and finish in eighth at Nationals. Tanis helped the men get eight All-NSIC recipients, including Alec Kray being named NSIC Newcomer of the Year, and six All-Region honorees.

Tanis was instrumental in helping the women’s team return to Nationals for the 11th time in 12 seasons and finishing in 14th, with Mackenzie Kelly earning All-American honors. The Viking women automatically qualified for the National meet after taking third at the Central Regional and also took third at the NSIC Championships. Tanis helped Emily Tromp being named NSIC Newcomer of the Year and had four All-NSIC selections and three All-Region performers.

Tanis helped the men's cross country to its eighth consecutive NSIC title and its fifth straight Central Region championship. Glen Ellingson was a repeat champion in the NSIC and had four runners earn All-Central Region honors. He also helped six runners earn All-NSIC honors. He helped guide the men's team to a 12th-place finish nationally and Nathan Hauge earned All-American honors.

The women's team took fifth at the NSIC meet and eighth in the Central Region Championship. Tanis played a part in helping Mackenzie Kelly to All-NSIC honors and Kelly, Annie Kruse and Alana Sesow earning All-Central Region accolades.

Academically, Tanis assisted six student-athletes earn USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades and had 10 student athletes earn Academic All-NSIC honors.

During the 2016-17 indoor season, Tanis helped Glen Ellingson earn NSIC Track Athlete of the Year honors and earn second team All-American honors in the, 3,000-meters (10th) and the 5,000-meters (10th).

During the 2017 outdoor season, Tanis assisted in Nathan Schroeder's 3,000-meter steeplechase NSIC title. Augustana’s student-athletes also excelled in the classroom during the outdoor season. Hellman had 22 student-athletes earn Academic All-NSIC accolades and Josh Barrows and Zach Tuschen were named CoSIDA Academic All-District selections.

During the 2015-16 school year coach Tanis helped guide numerous athletes to individual and team honors in cross country and indoor and outdoor track.

During the 2015 cross country season Tanis helped the men’s team win their seventh consecutive NSIC Crown behind junior Glen Ellingson who took home individual title. The women finished third at the NSIC Championship.

On the men’s side, Tanis helped guide Glen Ellingson, Keegan Carda and Harald Karbo to First Team All-NSIC honors and Nick Larsen and Logan Burns to second team honors. On the women’s side he led Leah Seivert and Mackenzie Kelly to First Team All-NSIC honors and Annie Kruse to second team honors.

At the regional cross country meet the men captured their fourth straight regional title while the women finished third. At nationals the men finished in seventh place, the seventh consecutive year finishing in the top-10, while the women finished 13th overall. Ellingson and Keegan Carda each earned All-America honors for the men and Leah Seivert earned All-America honors on the women’s side.

A 2013 graduate of Lewis University located in Romeoville, Ill., Tanis spent the past year as a volunteer assistant coach for the Duke University cross country and track and field teams. With Tanis' assistance, Duke achieved two top-25 team finishes at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships.

Specifically working with the men's distance runners, Tanis oversaw the development of an All-American and All-ACC performer while helping the team to 21 Academic All-ACC performances, one school record, and seven top-five performances on Duke's all-time list.

As a student athlete, Tanis competed for Lewis' cross country and track and field teams, winning a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference championships in the 1,500-meter and mile runs. Tanis collected Capital One Academic All-America honors in each of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and received the Br. David Delahanty Award for academic excellence by Lewis student-athletes three times in cross country and twice in cross country.

Tanis graduated from Lewis with a degree in sports management and minors in business administration and coaching. Currently residing in Sioux Falls, Tanis is pursuing his masters degree in sports administration and leadership.


Greg Binstock | Assistant Coach

Greg Binstock, who competed for Augustana during the 1990s, has returned to the Vikings' track and field program as assistant coach.

The Sioux Falls native served as assistant director of financial aid at Augustana for three and a half years, but returned to the track and field circuit in August of 2012 where he assumed the direction of Augustana's sprints, jumps, and hurdles coaching.

The 2017 outdoor track and field season ended with two All-Americans being crowned in Bradenton, Fla. with some help from Binstock. Binstock assisted in Olivia Montez Brown’s fourth place finish in the heptathlon and Kelsey Kaufmann’s sixth place finish in the high jump. Overall, Binstock played a part in all four student-athletes who qualified for Nationals, including two first timers in Valerie Moos and Josh Barrows.

At the NSIC Outdoor Championships, Vikings men’s and women’s teams took fourth place and garnered 12 All-NSIC accolades. Binstock also tutored three of the four NSIC champions in Olivia Montez Brown (heptathlon), Kelsey Kaufmann (high jump) and Josh Barrows (400-meter hurdles).

Over the course of the outdoor season, the Vikings saw three school records. Olivia Montez Brown (long jump), Carina Hofmeister (200-meters) and Valerie Moos (400-meter hurdles) all topped school records on the season with Binstock’s assistance.

Augustana’s student-athletes also excelled in the classroom during the outdoor season. Binstock helped 22 student-athletes earn Academic All-NSIC accolades and Josh Barrows and Zach Tuschen were named CoSIDA Academic All-District selections.

In the 2016-17 indoor season, coach Binstock played a big part in two of the three student-athletes that qualified for the NCAA Championships. Binstock helped Josh Barrows qualify in the 800-meters and guided Olivia Montez Brown to All-American honors in the long jump and the pentathlon.

Binstock also was a part of Montez Brown's repeat NSIC pentathlon title and Barrows' breaking the NSIC meet record in the 800-meters.

All-in-all, Binstock helped the Vikings have three student-athletes qualify for five events at the NCAA Championships and come away with four All-American awards, have five student-athletes earn seven All-NSIC awards and three student-athletes earn five All-Central Region awards. Also have 25 student-athletes earned Academic All-NSIC honors and oversaw four school records fall with his help.

During the 2015-16 school year coach Binstock helped guide numerous athletes to individual and team honors in cross country and indoor and outdoor track.

During the 2015-16 Indoor Track and Field season he helped lead both indoor track and field teams to second place finishes at the NSIC Indoor Championships. Binstock guided 12 athletes to All-NSIC honors.

At the Indoor National Championships Binstock helped lead Ryan Heuer to All-American honors in the 60-meter hurdles after coming in seventh. Freshman Olivia Montez Brown earned All-America honors in the Pentathlon after finishing ninth with 3773 points.

At the NSIC Outdoor championships Binstock helped guide the men’s program to a second place finish and the women to a third place finish. He led 11 individuals and two relay teams to All-NSIC honors on the men’s side and seven individual and two relay teams earn All-NSIC honors on the women’s side.

At the NSIC Outdoor Championships Bree Woelber won the High Point championship which is the award given to the athlete that earns the most points at the championships. Kayla Mescher earned her fourth consecutive conference championship in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.73. Harald Karbo won the 3000-meter Steeplechase while the men’s 4x400 meter team also took home first. Keegan Carda won the men’s 5000-meter run with a time of 14:59.73. Bree Woelber earned Field Athlete of the Year and Montez Brown earned Newcomer of the Year.

Binstock sent four student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Florida. Kayla Mescher earned All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles while also breaking her own school record. Bree Woelber earned All-America honors in the high jump after jumping five-feet, eight inches. Olivia Montez Brown earned All-America honors in the heptathlon after a sixth place finish. Montez Brown scored 5,254 points, a school record.

Coach Binstock continued his coaching success during the 2014-15 school year, with success in both cross country and track and field.

The women’s indoor and outdoor teams improved once again under Binstock’s watch. After third place finishes in 2014 at the NSIC Championship, the women took home the second place trophy after solid performances from seven All-Americans. The men’s team finished with two All-American’s during the indoor and outdoor seasons which included top four finishes in both NSIC Championship meets.

In 2014, Binstock took the program to new heights with 23 Vikings under his direct supervision earning All-NSIC honors, 12 collecting All-American accolades, and seven new Augustana records.

With a revamped sprints, jumping, and hurdles program, Binstock improved the men's and women's NSIC Indoor Championship finishes to second and third, respectively, with the help of four conference champions groomed by him. Both teams continued to improve and threatened to capture the conference title, as three Vikings earned NSIC individual championships.

Binstock guided Kayla Mescher and Carina Hofmeister to a pair of individual school records as well as pieces of three more Augustana all-time marks. Hofmeister took down the outdoor 200- and 400-meter dash records while Mescher set the new indoor 600-meter and outdoor 400-meter hurdles record. Both Hofmeister and Mescher ran legs on the Augustana women's indoor and outdoor 4x400-meter record-setting relay teams as well as the new record-holding outdoor distance medley relay squad.

With the guidance of Binstock, the women's 4x400-meter relay team also earned a spot in the NCAA Outdoor Championship field and Mescher qualified for the 400-meter hurdles at the national meet. Kelsey Kaufmann swept the indoor and outdoor conference high jump competitions and qualified for the NCAA indoor Championships.

In his first season with the Vikings, Binstock led the men's team to a third-place finish at the NSIC indoor championships and a runner-up finish at the NSIC outdoor championships. Under Binstock's guidance, the women improved on a sixth-place finish at NSIC indoor championships to finishing third at the NSIC outdoor championships.

Binstock helped 12 athletes earn bids to the 2013 NCAA Championships with nine earning All-American accolades. Binstock is USA Track & Field Level I Certified and has coached at the NCAA Divsion I, II, and III levels.

Binstock competed in the 400-meter run and long jump at Augustana, graduating in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation. He was a graduate assistant at Bemidji State University for two seasons, helping the team's jumpers to six Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles.

He was the head track and field and cross country coach for five years at The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., where he rebuilt the programs. He was named 2002 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference track and field coach of the year.

Binstock spent one season as the interim head women's track and field coach at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. He coached one NCAA All-American and guided athletes to five school records and three freshman records.

He was a member of the South Dakota State University staff for four years. During his first season with the Jackrabbits he coached five athletes to runner-up finishes in the jumps/vault at the 2006 Division I Independent Championships.

Binstock and his wife, the Rev. Heidi Binstock, who also graduated from Augustana in 1995, are the parents of two children, Peter and Clara.