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Wartburg to send 9 to national indoor track championships

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WAVERYLY (KWWL) -- Wartburg College has plenty of indoor track stars warming up  for the 2009 NCAA Division III Championships Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14.

Head coach Marcus Newsom's teams will travel to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., to compete at the Sports and Recreation Center on Rose-Hulman's campus.

Wartburg has eight women's events and one men's event set to participate in this weekend's championships. A complete meet schedule and more can be accessed through the official national championships web site at http://www.rose-hulman.edu/sports/ncaatrack/.

KNIGHTS NOTES (from Wartburg sports information news release): The women's program is looking to continue a long tradition of national meet success. They've reeled off seven straight top 25 team finishes with three of those (2008 - second/2003 - 6th/2002 - 6th) coming in the top 10.

The combined men's and women's programs have become accustomed to having individual events within the top eight. Wartburg has recorded seven consecutive seasons of 10-or-more indoor track and field All-American honors with a record 18 coming in 2008.

The Knights' women's qualifiers rank among the best in the field. Junior Hannah Baker of Keota, the reigning Iowa Conference Female Athlete of the Week, clocked a school record time of 55.88 seconds at Iowa State University's last chance meet last weekend, and has the best qualifying time. Freshman Nevada Morrison of Chicago, Ill., (fifth) and junior Jenny Kordick of Truro (7th) are also within the top 10 among qualifying times. The 4x400 meter relay, in which the Knights are currently holding down the four quickest times in the nation, also has the top qualifying time, a school record outing of 3:46.43 at ISU.

Among the remaining qualified events that are listed in the top 10, senior Akeya Aimable of Waterloo has the third-longest effort in the triple jump (school record leap of 39 feet, one and a quarter inches), the distance medley relay is ranked fourth, senior Kelsey Steffens of DeWitt is eighth in the 55 meter hurdles, and freshman Faith Burt of Cedar Falls is fourth in the 55 meter dash. Newsom's squad is also sending freshman Sarah Hoffmann of Farley (shot put), sophomore Brittany Thomas of Kansas City, Kan., (55 meter hurdles), freshman Skye Morrison of Chicago, Ill., (long jump), and junior Chelsey Jacobs of Allison (400 meter dash).

Six women's athletes seek repeat All-American honors. Baker is a four-time indoor honoree; Steffens and Kordick are each two-time indoor honorees; juniors Jennifer and Amanda Kuiken of Fairfield, who will run on the distance medley relay, have compiled a combined three All-American awards with Jennifer gaining two last year and Amanda getting one; and Aimable being a one-time indoor honoree...Senior Brian Chenoweth of Geneseo, Ill., represents the men's squad at Rose-Hulman. He will be competing in the 5000 meter run and seeking his second straight All-American award in the event after placing seventh a year ago.

OUTDOOR SEASON OPENERS: Wartburg travels to the University of Missouri Relays Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, and the Augustana College of Rock Island, Ill., Viking Olympics Saturday, March 28.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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