THE BIG LEAD: FISHER, FREIBURGER DEFINE XC PRESENT, FUTURE

When the two became the first male-female pair in Wartburg history to sweep the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Athlete of the Week awards, they became linked in one particular way: They represent the Knights’ present, and they define their future.

STRIPPED AWAY: INSIDE PAYTON DRAPER’S LOST TRIP TO BRAZIL

Draper shined on the basketball floor during her junior year, which earned her the opportunity to travel to Brazil in the summer of 2020 to represent the United States in Division-III women’s basketball. Then, the pandemic took that opportunity away.