The Wartburg Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams hosted the annual Chelsey M. Henkenius Open Saturday inside Hoover Field House for the teams’ 2020 indoor home opener.

The women took first ahead of Grandview, Upper Iowa and Hawkeye Community College with 271 points. The men took second with 157 points and finished ahead of Hawkeye and Upper Iowa and behind Grand View’s 187 point total.

The women captured nine first place finishes, headlined by Breya Christopher ’23 in the high jump with a mark of 1.70 meters, which tied a Wartburg indoor record previously set by former All-American Kailey Kladivo ’16 in 2016. Wartburg’s A and B 4×400-meter relay teams finished first and second, respectively, with times of three minutes, 58.29 seconds and 4:13.11.

The orange and black distance crew claimed top finishes in the mile, 1,000-meter run and 3,000-meter run. Aubrie Fisher ’23 won the one-mile race with a time of 5:19.45, Erica Rittgers ’20 won the 1,000 with a time of 3:00.98, and Carina Collet ’21 finished nearly 15 seconds ahead of the next closest competitor in the 3,000 at 10:21.41.

In the 600-meter run, Wartburg had the top three finishers, led by Carson McSorley’s ’22 time of 1:38.48. Jaderial Staebler ’21 and Annie Mast ’23 trailed within a six-second span. Maggi Bjustrom ’20 led Knights’ sprinters with a top finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.21.

In the jumps, Wartburg earned first place marks in the pole vault and the triple jump. Anna Achter’s ’20 2.92-meter pole vault mark was good for first place, while Cherisse Ward ’22 took home the triple jump crown at 10.45 meters. Sprinter Dallas Wright ’21 led the orange and black with a pair of top finishes on the men’s side.

Wright recorded a personal best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.28, which now stands fourth-best on the top-10 list. In addition, Wright took first in the 60-meter hurdles and set a career-best time of 8.27, now third best in program history.

Wartburg earned top finishes in the 1,000 and 3,000-meter runs. In the 1,000, Wyatt Schmidt ’22 crossed the finish line first at 2:36.65 while Jacob VanderWilt ’23 trailed for a runner-up time of 2:50.58. In the 3,000, Alec Ille’s ’22 time of 8:32.45 was good for first place.

Dalton Martin ’22 followed at 8:37.7 while Caleb Appleton ’20 and Joe Freiburger ’21 both ran 8:40. Devante Pearson ’20, with 1.96 meter, and Mychael Holliday ’21, 4.06 meter, led the jumps with top marks in the high jump and pole vault, respectively.

The Knights claimed third and fourth place finishes in the mile from Frosty Lorimer ’21 and Sam Madson ’21 along with the 4×400 A and C teams.

Next weekend, Wartburg is set for a pair of meets in the Jack Jennett Invite at the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, Jan. 24, in Cedar Falls, followed by the St. Ambrose Invite on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Davenport.



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