PELLA — The Wartburg College women’s track and field team made a strong push but couldn’t quite match up with Nebraska Wesleyan’s depth as the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships wrapped up Saturday.
Nebraska Weslyan finished with 202.33 points while Wartburg was second with 188 and Luther sixth with 75. Central won the men’s title with 172 points, Wartburg was fourth with 139.50 and Luther was seventh with 32.
In the women’s meet, Wartburg won four events, including Ashlyn Bagge’s victory in the 5,000 that helped her earn Women’s Track Athlete MVP honors. Bagge, who won the 10,000 Friday, ran the 5,000 in 17:06.90 with teammates Carina Collet second and Cassidy Christopher fifth.
Also for the Knights, Teylor Jones won the 200 in 24.83, Belle Tyynismaa won the 800 in 2:17.21 and Christopher captured the 1,500 in 4:44.04. Maggie Bjustrom finished second in the 100 hurdles, Aubree Taylor was second in the 400 hurdles and Betsy Duehr was third in the 400.
In relay action Wartburg’s group of Duehr, Tyynismaa, Jones and Taylor placed second in the 4x400 while Jackie Ganshirt, Jones, Jarika Eisentrager and Amy Brant were third in the 4x100.
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Luther got a runner-up performance from Marta Springer in the javelin.
On the men’s side, Sam Pinkowski won the 5,000 in 14:56.41 and took second in the 1,500. Dallas Wright was second in the 400 hurdles, Casey Roberts took third in the 800 and 1,500, Caleb Appleton was third in the 5,000 and Nathan Keck finished third in the triple jump.
Wartburg’s 4x400 relay of Levi Dolphin, Dillon DeMott, Cody Snider and Alex Teig added a runner-up finish.
Luther’s Elijah Kane placed second in the javelin.
The Field Athletes of the Year were Tanasha Atwater of Dubuque and Blaze Murfin of Dubuque, Patrick Mikkel of Loras was the men’s Track Athlete of the Year, Nebraska Wesleyan earned Women’s Coach Staff of the Year and Central was honored for the top men’s coaching staff.