The Wartburg men’s and women’s track teams each took first place out of six teams competing at the Liz Wuertz Indoor Invite inside Hoover Field House on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The men’s team earned 237 points and the women racked up 289 points. The meet also honored Wartburg’s 2019-20 seniors, the 2018-19 national qualifiers and former Wartburg Track & Field, Cross Country and Volleyball coach Liz Wuertz. The men took first place in six running events and one field event. Sprinter Denison Harrington ’20 earned 10 points for the Knights after he took first place in the 60m dash with a time of 7.03.

Wyatt Schmidt ’22 won the 800m coming in at a time of 1:53.35. In the mile run, Wartburg had runners finish in the top five and earned 33 points, led by Ryan Dalton ’21 winning it with a time of 4:19.31. Jay Mixdorf ’22 took first in the 5000m run with a time of 15:31.01. Six other Knights followed behind to take second through seventh place and contributed 38 points.

Dallas Wright ’21 won the 60m hurdles finals with a time of 8.24 and Devante Pearson ’20 took first in the triple jump at 13.17m. The women’s team took first place in eight running events and one field event. Alanna Muhammad ’22 took first in both the 60m dash and 200m dash after running times of 7.86 and 26.05, respectively. Erica Rittgers ’20 earned first place and 10 points in the 800m run, with a time of 2:13.19, respectively.

Cassidy Christopher ’21 took first place in the mile, running 5:20.06. Aubrie Fisher ’23 tallied 10 points for the orange and black with a time of 10:05.54 to win the 3000m run. Five Knights participated in the 5000m run and earned 33 points as Carlene Hamilton ’23 took first place with a time of 18:58.18. Anna Achter ’20 won the 60m hurdles in 9.26. Five other Knights followed to claim the top six finishes.

Wartburg also won the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:58.72. Jaderial Staebler ’21 took first in the long jump with a leap of 5.35m. Both teams will head to Decorah for the American Rivers Conference Championships on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29.

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