STORM LAKE — Wartburg College extended its run of Iowa Conference women’s track and field dominance Saturday, and the Knights made off with the men’s team title, as well.
The women’s championship was Wartburg’s 18th in a row and 21st overall while the men rose to the top for the first time since 2014. The Knights also earned the coaching staff of the year awards in both divisions.
Wartburg crowned four women’s champions Saturday. Courtney Sowle won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.51, which ranks 11th nationally in Division III. Teylor Jones ran the 10th-best 200 meters in the country to win that event (24.53), Betsy Duehr captured the 800 (2:17.61) and the Knights’ 4x100 relay of Becca Cherry, Dailen Folkedahl, Tessa Helmle and Jones ran a winning 47.04 that ranks sixth in the nation.
Other top individual finishes included a second by Ashley Bagge in the 5,000, a second by Aubree Taylor in the 400 hurdles, Jaclyn Rittgers’ third in the 5,000, Jones’ third in the 100, Dakota Tell’s third in the 1,500 and Lilia Edwards’ third in the triple jump.
In addition, Wartburg was second in the 4x400 relay with Folkedahl, Belle Tyynismaa, Jones and Duehr.
Luther’s Kenzie Carney finished second in the 1,500.
Wartburg finished with 212.50 points. Loras was second at 174.50 and Nebraska Wesleyan third with 165.50. Luther finished fifth with 54 points.
In the men’s competition, Eli Kaczinski of the Knights followed up his record-setting victory in Friday’s 10,000 meters by winning the 5,000 in 15:01.78.
Bennet Moser was second in the 5,000, Nathan Keck was second in the high jump, while Wartburg got thirds from Denison Harrington (100), Mark Schulz (800), Dillon DeMott (400 hurdles) and Dakota Moore (discus). The Knights’ 4x400 of Drew Schwartz, DeMott, Levi Dolphin and Justin Anderlik took second.
Luther’s Collin Kern took second in the 1,500, Elijah Kane was second in the javelin and the Norse finished 2-3 in the 3,000 steeplechase with Patrick Finnegan and Isaac Jensen. The Norse were second in the 4x800 relay with Mitchell Stenoien, Alex Bishop, Andrew Millan and Kern.
Wartburg racked up 160 total points to outdistance Central (129.50) and Loras (127.50). Luther was eighth with 60 points.