PEYTON MEISNER, TRUMPET GUEST WRITER
Wartburg senior Dallas Wright has added another achievement to his already illustrious career as a member of the orange and black track and field team, breaking the Wartburg Indoor Select meet record in the 400 yard dash with a time of 48.66 seconds.
Wright’s record-breaking time was also good enough to place him first in the event.
He said he felt honored breaking the record.
“It feels great to be cemented into (Wartburg track and field) history. I know the history that this program has and all the great athletes that have come before me that have their names up on the wall every meet and on the banners hanging in the fieldhouse. To be mentioned alongside them is truly an honor that I do not take lightly and am truly grateful for,” he said.
Wright’s performance on the track helped the Knights to a second-place finish in the meet with 139 team points.
Wright had his faith, teammates and coaches to thank for his record-breaking performance.
“First and foremost, I credit our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for helping me along the way. Without his guidance and sacrifice, none of this would be possible. I also need to credit my coaches. Having the best coaching staff in the country is a blessing. Their training regimen allows not just me but every athlete to improve day in and day out in order to put forth their best performance on meet days. And lastly, my teammates help push me every practice to give my best. Without their effort and drive, I would not be in the position that I am today,” Wright said.
The Knights are currently ranked inside the top 10 nationally and are just weeks away from the American Rivers Conference Championships which will be held in Dubuque on Feburary 25-26, with the NCAA Qualifier being held the week after on March 4-5.
Wright says he has high hopes for the team in both the upcoming conference and national championships.
“Ultimately, as a men’s team, we hope and strive to repeat as conference champions and make the podium for the first time in school history at the indoor national championships. Along the way, we will do all we can to help support and push our women’s team as well to win conference and place at nationals alongside us,” said Wright.