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U.Dubuque Women Harriers Flexing Their Muscles Early

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Junior Fabiola Ortiz placed second overall to an unattached runner and sophomore Kiersten Wenthold-Fort Atkinson crossed in ninth place as the University of Dubuque women’s cross country team garnered their best finish of the season in a runner-up performance at the 13-team Wisconsin Lutheran Warrior Invitational on Saturday morning.

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The Spartans tallied 92 points after placing four runners in the Top-25 as Beloit took home the team title with ease thanks to 35 points. It was the second straight year the Spartans placed second at the Warrior Invitational after losing out to Trinity Christian, 60-52, a year ago.

Ortiz paced the Spartans with her third, Top-5 finish of the season with a time of 23:01. Backing up Ortiz was Wenthold, whose time of 25:18 placed her 11th. Freshman Abby Ray, in her first race back from injury, crossed the line in 25:41 in a 17th-place showing. Sophomore Kayla Kinateder posted a time of 25:58, good for 21st overall, while sophomore Kristin Mackenburg-Cedar Rapids rounded out the Spartan Five in 53rd place with a time of 27:58.

Sophomore Katrina Pagel set her second personal record in the last three races with a time of 30:00 in an 85th-place showing and sophomore Bobbi Jo Helgemoe completed the Spartan Varsity with a 105th place time of 33:11.

“Our ladies were aggressive today and put themselves in the front of the pack which is a different approach from eearlier in the year,” said Head Coach Geoff Gundlach. “This was a nice meet to risk a bit more early in the race by trying to run hard from the gun. Fabi (Ortiz) was able to take a win as she was beaten by only one unattached athlete. I’m excited for our groups to keep working hard together.”

The Spartans stay in Dubuque as they take on the Dr. Tucker Invite hosted by Loras at the Dubuque Soccer Complex on Friday, October 16 at 4:30 p.m.
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Knights Win Dan Huston Invite

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Wartburg men and women competed on home turf this weekend at the Dan Huston Invitational. The Wartburg men won the meet and the women finished 2nd to Grinnell College.

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The Knights swept the 8,000 meter championship with ease with a score of 20 points over St. Thomas with 67. The victory was their second of the season. Bennett Moser (Wapello) was the top finisher in 2nd place in a time of 26:12. He was closely followed by teammate Ryan Hermsen (Western Dubuque) in 3rd place with 26:24.
The Knights are currently No. 2 in the Central Region and 22 in the Nation according to USTFCCCA’s poll. The Wartburg men have been hungry for a national ranking over the past few years, and they look towards the end of the season for the greatest reward.
Moser said, “The whole team is racing with confidence that I have not seen before. There is a lot of work yet to be done, but we will keep doing our best to take steps in a positive direction. At this point in the season we are very focused on working smarter so that we can put ourselves in the best position possible at the end of the season.”
Running with less than the full squad, the Lady Knights finished behind Grinnell College. Grinnell scored a total of 46 points as Wartburg scored 49. For the second week in a row Jaclyn Rittgers (Prairie Valley) was the team’s top finisher. She finished 2nd in a time of 23:10.
The Knights hope to have another solid performance In Oshkosh Wisconsin, October 17.

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Wartburg Off to a Strong Start by Mitch Black

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The men and women of Wartburg cross country are hungry for success, and they are proving it in this first half of the season.

Two weeks ago the Knights stormed the Les Duke Invitational in Grinnell, coming home with a first place finish for the men, and a strong third place finish on the women’s side. Sophomore Eli Kaczinski led the men with a 2nd place finish in a time of 25:56, a performance that would earn Kaczinski IIAC Runner of the Week. Following close behind were five more Knights in the top ten, including senior and captain Bennett Moser. Moser is back in full swing, following an injured track season. Moser is following a 48th place finish at the national meet last year, and plans to bring the whole Wartburg squad with him this season.

The ladies of Wartburg cross country were led by senior Sarah Shirar in 7th place with a time of 22:57, followed closely by teammates Maddie Kleve and Jaclyn Rittgers in 8th and 9th place, respectively.

This week, the Knights boasted another strong performance at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational hosted by Augustana College. Both men and women took home 2nd place from a field of fifty teams. Bennett Moser led the men in a time of 24:59 falling short only to Division I University of Illinois, while Jaclyn Rittgers led the women in a time of 23:00, trailing behind Division II Ferris State.

The Knights have been performing at a high level throughout workouts and practices, beginning with a team camp on the Oregon coast the first week of this month. Wartburg enjoyed a week long team bonding experience that included runs on the beach, intervals on Pre’s Trail, and even a trip to historic Hayward Field. The Knights competed at the Linfield Harrier Classic in McMinnville, Oregon, where the men finished 1st, led by junior Jerry Frawley, and the women finished 2nd, headed by junior Dakota Tell.

“We have made a strong start, and our presence is known,” said head coach Steve Johnson. “But the job is not done yet. We are getting better everyday and will continue to improve.”

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Patiences is Paying Off For the Dutch

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Cole Decker-Dowling-Central & Isaac Steffensmeier-Fort Madison-Central
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After not running in the season-opening Dutch Invitational, Central College senior Cole Decker (Des Moines, Iowa/Dowling Catholic HS) and junior Isaac Steffensmeier (Fort Madison, Iowa) showed no rust, placing seventh and ninth, respectively in a 308-man field at the St. Olaf (Minn.) Invitational Saturday.

The Dutch finished fourth as a team in a 20-team field with 134 points. Host St. Olaf (Minn.) won the title with 59 points and the Oles’ Jake Campbell was the individual champion at 25:20.2 on the 8,000-meter course.

Decker crossed the finish line in 25:44.5 with Steffensmeier at 25:50.5.

It was a strong showing, yet coach Joe Dunham knows his team is capable of more.

“I was pleased with where we finished today considering how we ran,” coach Joe Dunham said. “We only skimmed the surface as to what this team can accomplish. That being said, the guys ran with heart today and I was glad to see that tenacity out of them.”

Dutch Invitational champion Mark Fairley (sophomore, Dubuque, Iowa) was 22nd in 26:19.7, with sophomore Tanner Rathje (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar HS) 32nd at 26:39.4. Sophomore Jon Specht (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead HS) rounded out the five scorers for Central in 77th at 27:32.0.

“I thought that many of the guys ran very well Saturday,” said Dunham. “Overall, I am proud of our effort and hopefully we can turn the corner going forward.”

The Dutch will make their first-ever appearance at the University of Kansas’ Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence, Kan. Oct. 3. The field will be comprised primarily of NCAA Division I and II schools.

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B.V.U. Out of the Gate in a Hurry

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The Buena Vista women’s cross country team had a pair of individuals finish in the top-five of the annual BVU Invite on Friday afternoon, and that helped lead the team to a runner-up finish with 43 points on a day with perfect conditions to run.

Freshman Katie Puls captured a runner-up finish in the 5k race with a time of 20:40.19 with sophomore Sydney Sears close behind in fifth at 20:58.86. Junior Martina Smith came in eighth place (21:20.44) and Hannah Appleseth was 10th (21:24.50).

As a team, the Beavers came in second overall among the four teams competing. BVU tallied 43 points and was only 12 more than North Iowa Area Community College, which had three runners in the top-six.

The Buena Vista men’s cross country team continues to run strong, and that trend continued on Friday evening as it took part in the annual BVU Invite out at Sunrise Pointe Golf Course. Senior Alex Lamp paced the group with his fifth-place finish.

Lamp was one of two to finish in the top-10 for BVU during the 8k race, sprinting past a runner just before the finish line to take fifth in a time of 28:11.02. Ben Sampson took 10th with a time of 29:11.17.

Steven Smith was next in line for BVU at 29:43.63 with Paul Woizeschke and Tyler Larson coming in 20th and 21st, respectively, and just 13 seconds apart.

BVU totaled 65 points overall to take third among the three teams competing. North Iowa Area Community College won the race with 32 points, edging Martin Luther by a single point.

Next up for Buena Vista, as it contiunes to train for the Iowa Conference Championships which are now just a month away, will be the Griak Invite on Saturday, September 26, up at Falcon Heights, Minn.

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Catching Up With Alana Enabnit

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Alana Enabnit-Clear Lake-Wartburg
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Here at Next Level Iowa, we are a sucker for a “feel good story” and this is one that really warms our hearts.

Alana Enabnit graduated from Clear Lake high school in May of 2011 after winning 3A state championships in the 3,000 and 1500 meter runs.

She accepted Coach Steve Johnson’s offer to attend Wartburg College in Waverly and become a part of their storied program. Her college career could not have started off any better. In her freshman year she won the Iowa Conference cross country title, was 7th nationally; won the IIAC indoor 5k title, was the D3 runner-up in the indoor 5k; won the IIAC 5k and 10k outdoor and capped off this unbelievable opening season with D3 outdoor titles in both the 5k and the 10k.

Simply one of the best freshman seasons ever, in any division.

But leg injuries became the norm for this spunky, always smiling star and not only did victories almost become merely a memory, completing simple workouts did too.

After watching Alana, painfully, try to compete in a couple of races for Wartburg like she did in the past, in seemed quite apparent that her successful, albeit short, running career had come to an uneventful end.

But those people, me included, who thought Alana was done, do not know here well enough.   Her confidence is strong and her faith is even stronger.

“Last spring when I was in the process of looking for XC/track GA positions at various colleges and universities I had already kind of established that I was probably not going to compete again”, said the former Wartburg All American.

“But I kept getting nudges and encouragement from a few people to use my last year of eligibility. I was honestly scared to do it because I wanted to be able to work back in to running at my own pace and not put my body through another injury, but with much prayer and consideration it was clear to me that if the opportunity presented itself I needed to take it”, Enabnit added.

Now healthy and running again with a smile, Enabnit has found herself in the far west at Division 2 California Baptist University, one of the top Christian Colleges in the nation. CBU is a private Christian university located near Los Angeles in Southern California.

Enabnit said, “CBU came into the picture and it was the type of program I was looking for. I could get my Masters in Higher Education and Student Development and run again. Since May I have been running 100% pain free and have had the longest block of training I have had in a long time since we eased slowly back into it. The team and coaching staff in incredible and they are just a wonderful group of people. I have been blessed with another great running family and another shot to do what I love”.

The Lancers compete in the Pac West conference and are currently ranked 14th in Division 2.

In their season opener the 14th-ranked Lancers comfortably, beat out the four other teams — Riverside Community College, Chaffey College, Azusa Pacific and Concordia — in the 4K event, grabbing 26 points with six of the top nine finishers donning Lancer uniforms, one of which was Alana Enabnit who finished 4th in 14:24, just 7 seconds behind her winning teammate, Caroline Barkechir, and there is no doubt she had a smile on her face!

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Diemer and Yeager Lead Storm in Opener

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Rebecca Diemer-Waukee-Simpson and Nick Yeager-Boone Simpson
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The Simpson cross country teams opened the 2015 season at the annual Augustana Twilight on Friday evening. The women placed 10th of 20 teams while the men came in 15th of 20.

A large field of nearly 500 competitors sweated through a hot, humid night at the Yankton Trails. The men’s field consisted of 266 runners and the women’s race featured 211 runners coming from all divisions.
WOMEN’S RECAP
A pair of newcomers in Rebecca Diemer and Stacie Ahlers paced the women’s squad. A junior transfer from Iowa State, Diemer took 22nd overall, navigating the 3-mile course in 18:12.20. Ahlers, another junior who transferred from AIB, placed 46th in 18:44.20.

Top returner Briana McCloskey came in 88th (19:31.60), as Simpson was without two of its top sophomores. Sadie Timms and Courtney Neuendorf missed the meet due to illness.

“Tonight was a great start for our ladies,” head coach Heath Moenck said. “We were short-handed, but it was great to see a couple of newcomers make an immediate impact. Rebecca’s race was exceptional.

Simpson finished with 316 points, 75 ahead of the No. 9 team in the North Region, Minnesota-Morris.

Augustana won the college division race with 46 points and Nebraska won the university division with 26 points. Nebraska’s Bonnie Smith won the individual competition, breaking the tape in 16:48.40.

Women’s 3-Mile Top Finishers: 22. Rebecca Diemer, 18:12.20; 46. Stacie Ahlers, 18:44.20; 88. Briana McCloskey, 19:31.60; 92. Jessica Gronke, 19:39.60; 108. Breanna Gaster, 19:53.40; 124. Shelby Hunemiller, 20:13.40; 134. Peyton Bourgeois, 20:29.00

MEN’S RECAP
The Storm’s top runner from a year ago, Nick Yaeger led the team with a 76th-place finish, finishing the 4-mile course in 21:04.65. Sophomore Ian McKenzie also cracked the top 100, placing 84th in 21:14.08.

“Our men opened the season with a quality race,” Moenck said. “Nick and Ian ran well and looked very comfortable. I look forward to building off the race and seeing improvement as we continue the season.”

Miles Kirts came in 116th (21:45.46) and freshman Trey Thompson had a solid showing, placing 140th (22:02.64). Returners Ethan Pellegrino, Andrew Mayes and Salem Hildebrandt rounded out the top seven.

Simpson finished with 397 points. Sioux Falls won the college division crown with 56 and Nebraska won the university division with 16 points. Nebraska’s Peter Spinks won the individual title, finishing in 18:57.95.

Men’s 4-Mile Top Finishers: 76. Nick Yaeger, 21:04.65; 84. Ian McKenzie, 21:14.08; 116. Miles Kirts, 21:45.46; 140. Trey Thompson, 22:02.64; 146. Ethan Pellegrino, 22:08.19; 151. Andrew Mayes, 22:13.08; 159. Salem Hildebrandt, 22:25.14

UP NEXT
Simpson will send a handful of junior varsity runners to the Grand View Viking Invitational in Des Moines on Friday, Sept. 18. The varsity is off until the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational in Rock Island, Ill. on Friday, Sept. 25.

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Cornell Harriers Beat Heat and Competition

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Cornell’s youth shined bright in the blistering heat Tuesday as the Rams raced to the men’s team title at Mount Mercy’s Mustang Gallop at Seminole Valley Park.
The Rams had four freshmen follow veteran frontrunner Josh Lindsay (SR/Waukesha, Wis.) en route to their first meet title since 2012. Cornell scored a 54-63 victory over runner-up Coe in a field of nine teams. Mount Mercy was third with 72 points.
Lindsay secured fifth place to head Cornell’s charge. The senior all-conference performer was clocked in 16 minutes, 44 seconds over the five kilometers.

Cornell newcomers Caleb Wilson (FR/Madison, Wis.) (16:57), Austin Bach (FR/Larkspur, Colo.) (17:02) and Cuyler Gabriel (FR/Santa Barbara, Calif.) (17:03) finished eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively. The team’s fifth scorer Matthew McDermott (FR/Menasha, Wis.), also a freshman, crossed the line in 17:43 for 22nd place.

Junior Tucker Horan (JR/Cherry Hills, Colo.) placed 23rd (17:46). Zach Stoll (SO/West Bend, Wis.) came in 26th (17:50).

Dubuque’s Alec Bass was crowned individual champion with a time of 16:10.

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Coming up – The Rams return to competition Sept. 12 for the Les Duke Invitational in Grinnell.

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Don’t Say “Rebuilding” to the Dutch

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Relying on two seniors and a talented crop of underclassmen, the Central College men’s cross country program looks to regain the top spot in the Iowa Conference this season.

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For the first time in his seven-year tenure at Central, men’s cross country coach Joe Dunham will have to replace over half of his starting lineup due to the graduation of the most decorated class in school history. Headlined by three-time All-American Eli Horton, last year’s senior class won Central’s only two conference crowns in the sport and also made three trips to the NCAA Division III Championships, placing 11th in the U.S. last fall.

“Those guys in their four years they were here really changed the entire face of distance running at Central College,” Dunham said. “They established a culture and a way of thinking. It was a lot of fun and we’ll miss those guys.”

Despite losing five talented seniors from that class, several key cogs from last season remain. A deep pool of talent in last year’s freshman class will need to step up as sophomores to keep Central in the thick of the conference race.

“We’re excited for the new challenge,” Dunham said. “We’re a very young team this year. Last year was one of our best recruiting classes and we’re excited to see what they can do having been in the program for a year now. We’ll hopefully see some great improvements there.”

Late-season injuries prevented the Dutch from winning a third conference title last November. Simply being able to stay healthy could make the difference for this year’s team and a coach with the loftiest of expectations

“Everybody looks at how high we finished last year at the national meet and from a distance it looks great, but we were extremely disappointed,” Dunham said. “We were not at full strength when Drew Jackson couldn’t run at the end of the season, and it completely changed who we were as a team. We have to stay healthy and keep our confidence up this season.”

Only three of Central’s top seven runners from last season return for the 2015 campaign. With the departure of Horton, senior Cole Decker takes the reigns as the top runner in the program. After finishing second in the league as a freshman and third as a sophomore, Decker won the conference title last year, finishing the 8,000-meter course in 25:03.0. A win this year would make him the first repeat champion since Cornell’s Andrew Tobben in 2009 and 2010.

“The end of the season for Cole last year couldn’t have gone any better,” Dunham said. “Then he ran phenomenal in outdoor track in the spring and earned All-American status in the 10,000. He showed that he’s one of the best runners in the country. He knows his role is as a frontrunner for us now and I think he will be.”

After opening the season with a first-place finish at the Central Invitational (25:43.2) and a fourth-place finish at the Gil Dodds Invitational at Wheaton (Ill.) College (25:21), junior Isaac Steffensmeier struggled down the stretch. But with a new approach in summer training, Dunham believes he will keep improving all the way into November.

“Isaac is one of those guys that we’ve actually slowed down in his training this summer,” Dunham said. “He probably put in too many miles last summer and maybe got a little overtrained. We’re changing the way he’s training over the summer and I think it will help in a big way.”

The top runner from last year’s freshman group was Mark Fairley. After starting a little slow, Fairley came on strong, running his best two races at the NCAA regional (25:36.1) and national (25:37.7) meets. Dunham is confident that with a solid summer of training, Fairley will make great strides.

“He’s got big goals and a lot of ability and talent,” Dunham said. “His goal is to be up there with Cole and Isaac. We’ll be depending on him and a lot of those sophomores this season.”

Fellow sophomore Tanner Rathje gained valuable experience in November by replacing the injured Jackson in the lineup for the regional and national meets. He ran a season-best time of 25:45.4 at the national meet and will look to improve upon a solid track season.

“He’s a great cross country runner,” Dunham said. “I have a lot faith in him and I believe that Tanner will be a major contributor for us this season.

Jon Specht’s freshman season was hindered by injuries which allowed him to compete in just three races. His best race a year ago was a 64th place finish at the Wis.-Eau Claire Blugold Inv. (26:45). Dunham has high hopes for Specht in his sophomore campaign.

“He’s making progress with his health,” he said. “He’s someone people will get to know if we can keep him healthy,”

Senior Kyle Nuehring has had a stellar track career at Central, but injuries have limited him on the cross country course. He could make an impact this year if he stays healthy.

“He’s been a force on the track as a middle distance runner,” Dunham said. “Dealing with some small injuries have prevented from him doing the things that he’s wanted to do in cross country. If he stays healthy, he can accomplish some great things.”

A wealth of unproven talent is available to provide additional options. Juniors Kyle Schelling and Karl Weaver both earned varsity letters as sophomores. A deep sophomore class features Jeremy Caracci, Taylor Donner, Nick Guzman, and Ben Stelk who are capable of making a push for varsity spots.

Another solid recruiting year sees five new runners join the program. Dunham is excited about their potential.

“The athletes in this class are very motivated,” Dunham said. “I love their attitudes and their desire to get better. We have freshmen that are going to be pushing for varsity spots this year. That excites me because that means things are still progressing.”

Schedule

After opening the 2015 season by hosting the Central Invitational on September 5, the Dutch return to the St. Olaf (Minn.) Invitational on Sept. 19 for the fifth time in seven years. A trip to the Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence, Kansas on October 3 precedes the Wis.-Oshkosh AAE Invitational on October 17 in Winneconne, Wisconsin, the site of this year’s national meet. Central’s junior varsity will run in Dubuque at the Loras Invitational on October 16. The varsity will practice there in order to see the course that will also host the conference meet.

“We want to make sure that we see those courses,” Dunham said. “We want to make sure that the athletes are well prepared for those big races. We’re going to be facing a lot of tough teams with a lot of talent. We’re going to have to put forth our best effort to compete.”

At the conference meet in Dubuque, Central will look to win its third title in four years. And for the second year in a row, Central will host the NCAA Division III Central Regional at its highly regarded on-campus course in Pella. A top-three finish at that meet would send Central to a fourth straight NCAA Division III Championship meet.

“First and foremost, we want to win the Iowa Conference meet,” Dunham said. “It was tough to lose it last year. We’ll focus on the conference championship first and then on qualifying for the national meet. Being on our home course should give us an advantage (at the regional) and we’ll hopefully use that advantage to qualify.”

Facilities

Opened in 2004, Central’s on-campus course went through a redesign in 2013 that allows for a better spectator experience.

“I think we had a strong desire to make the course a little more fan-friendly, where people could get to different places easier,” Dunham said. “We’re one of very few programs in the entire region to have a cross country course on our campus and have a course specifically designed for cross country. We’re lucky to have the type of support that we’ve had from the athletics department.”

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Knights- Bigger, Faster, Smarter

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Colt Feltes-Delhi-Wartburg
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Senior Colt Feltes (Delhi) was named the men’s indoor USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year for the field events and seven other Knights were named All-Academic, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national office announced today.

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Feltes, a senior accounting major with a cumulative 3.506 grade point average, earned the indoor field award for his first career Scholar Athlete honor. The native of Delhi, Iowa, finished runner-up in the shot put with a heave of 60-6 (18.44m) and threw a career-best 60-11½ at the Wartburg Indoor Select earlier in the season.

He is the second man from Wartburg to have earned track & field Scholar Athlete of the Year honors (Andy Hodge, 2008).

Scholar Athletes of the Year were selected as the highest-finishing performers at the NCAA Indoor & Outdoor Championships who also achieved USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual status. Those who earned multiple individual championship titles ranked higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner.

Wartburg’s All-America honorees were:

Daniel Bonthius

Biology

Colt Feltes

Accounting

Nick Green

Physical Education

Liam Hartley

Fitness Management

Ryan Hermsen

Biology

Chase Moser

Accounting

Chris Nothnick

Business Administration

Drew Schwartz

Biology
A total of 297 men received this award. Click here to see the complete list.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.

Women’s Track and Field:

NEW ORLEANS– Six members of the Wartburg women’s track and field team were named All-Academic by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the national office announced today.

Rachael Cheeseman

Elementary Education

Tessa Helmle

Biology

Kayla Hemann

Accounting

Kayla Kregel

Fitness Management

Taylor Moore

Elementary Education

Taylor Officer

Elementary Education
A total of 420 women received this award. Click here to see the complete list.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.