A new addition to Knight Wire in 2020 is Cross Wire, a blog by students, for students.
- THE BIG LEAD: FISHER, FREIBURGER DEFINE XC PRESENT, FUTURE
RYAN REEBENACKER, KNIGHT WIRE CO-MANAGER
There was plenty of fanfare when Aubrie Fisher, Wartburg sophomore cross country runner, solidly beat out teammate and reigning All-American Carina Collet in the first meet of the season.
Separately, there was perhaps more when senior All-American Joe Freiburger made the announcement he would return to the Knights’ for a fifth year.
Yet last Tuesday, 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.
Freiburger’s award was unsurprising but significant. He had already won the award previously this season, becoming the first male athlete in Wartburg cross country history to earn the honor which celebrates the best athlete in each division every week. Yet for Fisher, a relatively unproven sophomore coming into a season with no opportunity for a national title, it’s a revelation.
Fisher’s performance this season has been beyond exemplary; she stunned the Knights’ home crowd at the season opener, finishing 18:28.6 in the five-kilometer, 9 seconds ahead of Collet, who has become a modern Wartburg legend. The sophomore became the first female Knight to be awarded the honor since Ashlyn Bagge in 2016, and it seems likely she may be in the national conversation for years to come.
“Coming in as a freshman, it’s all an adjustment, and there’s a lot you have to learn,” Fisher, who finished within two spots of being an All-American in 2019, said. “This summer I stayed in Waverly and trained with a bunch of girls on the team, which was really nice and helpful.”
Now, three meets into this shortened, five meet season, Freiburger and Fisher have continued to stretch their peak, with neither yet to lose a race. To win national athlete of the week, each set personal records, breaking existing course records in the process, at the Dan Huston Triangular on Oct. 10. Freiburger clocked a personal best time in the eight-kilometer, finishing in 24:42.7, while Fisher won the women’s six-kilometer race with a personal best of 21:32.8.
While the two best runners on this year’s cross country team are lighting up the course this year, the Knights can also rest easy knowing the pair will both be back next year. Freiburger is on the record as saying he will “100%” be taking his fifth year of eligibility, available to him because of the shortened season. Meanwhile, Fisher can potentially redeem a fifth year and return in 2023, but has yet to make an on-the-record decision.
In the meantime, the Knights are in an enviable position; they feel assured of the safety of their future, and presently take two of the most dominant cross country performers of recent memory into the A-R-C championships on Nov. 7 in Pella in an effort to bring home yet another conference title.
- KNIGHT WIRE RELAUNCHES CROSS WIRE FOR 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR
RYAN REEBENACKER, KNIGHT WIRE CO-MANAGER
Knight Wire is announcing its full list of Cross Wire blogs and authors for the Wartburg College 2020-2021 academic calendar. Cross Wire’s relaunch will consist of several fan favorites from Cross Wire’s inaugural year last year, as well as two new additions from new authors.
Cross Wire is the official blog platform of Knight Wire, consisting of blogs and original media created by students, for students. Knight Wire launched Cross Wire for the first time Feb. 2020 before suspending operations in March due to COVID-19.
Cross Wire’s first blog of the 2020-2021 academic year will release Monday at 3 p.m., as The Big Lead will return to break down trends in Wartburg athletics.
FULL BLOG INFORMATION: ABOUT CROSS WIRE
LIAM EASLEY CEDAR VALLEY AMPLIFIED
About: Music is my passion. I love supporting underground and local acts and giving publicity to bands that need it. Iowa has a rich music culture, and I hope to bring it to light with “Cedar Valley Amplified.”
KATIE HIRV ART & MUSING
About: I have always been passionate about art, graphic design and photography, which was my inspiration behind creating “Art and Musing.” I will use this space to share artwork on campus, ranging from art pieces around campus to sharing projects students have created and the stories behind them.
RYAN REEBENACKER THE BIG LEAD
About: Sports at Wartburg College means more than simply competing: it means dominating. “The Big Lead” breaks down the hottest topics in Wartburg athletics and provides content to sports-hungry fans that follow the Knights year after year.
COURTNEY STUCKER THE WARTBURG WEEKEND
About: Wartburg students want to live it up, but have limited funds to do so. That’s why “The Wartburg Weekend” provides the perfect, low-cost inspiration for you and your friends to escape doing the same old thing and try something new.
TYLER JOHNSON THE WRITER’S BLOCK
About: A blog giving advice to those who want to write their own novels, poems, movies and theatre scripts. We will be going over a range of topics like when and when not to write, methods of storytelling, and reviews of popular literature.
LAUREN ULVELING FILM FANATIC REVIEWS
About: A blog all about the movies! I will use this space to share my passion about film and storytelling, and analyze new releases and trending features of all genres.