A Tradition of Excellence

19 out of the last 21 years finishing in the Top 25 in the Learfield Sports Division III Directors’ Cup standings. Wartburg has placed as high as seventh and was 11th in the final set of the 2019-20 standings.*

29 straight years of individual or team national championships, including the 2023 women’s outdoor steeplechase champion and two individual wrestling titles at the NCAA national meet.

24 American Rivers Conference men’s all-sports championships.*

18 American Rivers Conference women’s all-sports championships.*

19 consecutive American Rivers Conference all-sports championship trophies for overall men’s and women’s programs (every year since the award’s inception).*

No final standings/awards for 2020 and 2021 due to seasons affected by the pandemic

Wartburg men's track and field team wins Outdoor National Championship in 2021

Outdoor Program Highlights


  • 16 American Rivers Conference championships in the last 23 seasons
  • Two-time NCAA Division III Central Region champions
  • Two College World Series berths

Cross Country

  • 19-time American Rivers Conference men’s champions and 18-time women’s champions, including five-straight titles for the men and four-straight for the women
  • Eight top-10 national finishes for men (National Runner-up in 2022)*
  • 11 top-10 national finishes for women (finished No. 3 in 2022)*
  • NCAA Division III Central Region women’s champions in 1991-94, 2001-02, 2005, 2008, 2011-13, 2019-22*
  • NCAA Division III Central Region men’s champions in 2003, 2018, 2019, 2021*

*No NCAA regional or national meets in 2020 due to pandemic


  • 2022 squad unbeaten and untied in regular season for the seventh time in school history
  • 2022 squad advanced to national semifinals for the first time in program history
  • 15 national playoff qualifiers, including 11 since 2002
  • 18 American Rivers Conference championships
  • 28 consecutive winning seasons, ranks third in all NCAA division

*No games played in 2020 season due to COVID-19


  • 12-time NCAA Division III women’s team national tournament qualifiers (2005-06, 2008-16, and 2018)
  • 12-time women’s conference team champions
  • Six-time men’s conference team champions


  • Four regular-season conference women’s titles, three conference tournament championships
  • Five regular-season conference men’s titles, six conference tournament championships
  • Nine men’s national tournament appearances in last 13 years*
  • 10 women’s national tournament appearances since 2007, five straight 2017-22*

*No tournament in 2020 season due to COVID-19


  • Three-time regular season conference champions
  • Five-time conference tournament champions
  • 30 wins in seven of last 19 seasons
  • College World Series berth in 2003
  • 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 2022 and 2023


  • 30 men’s All-Conference selections in the last 13 years
  • 36 women’s All-Conference selections in last 13 years
  • Women’s conference championship in 2018, the first in program history

Track and Field

  • 11 top-20 finishes for men at outdoor nationals since 2001, including National Championship in 2021
  • 16 top-10 finishes for women at outdoor nationals since 1999, including five National Championships
  • 17 of the past 20 women’s conference outdoor champions
  • 11 men’s outdoor conference titles since 2002
Women's volleyball 2021 spike
Men's wrestling 2021 at NCWA Championship, David Hollingsworth
Wartburg women's tennis, 2020

Indoor Program Highlights


  • Seven men’s national tournament qualifiers, three Sweet 16 appearances
  • 14 women’s national tournament qualifiers, four Final Four appearances
  • 21 men’s conference titles
  • 10 women’s conference regular season titles, six conference tournament championships (including four straight from 2017-20, becoming the first Iowa Conference women’s basketball program to four-peat in both the regular season and tournament) 

Track and Field 

  • Six top-20 finishes for men at indoor nationals since 2001
  • 11 top-10 finishes for women at indoor nationals since 2002
  • 17 of the last 21 women’s conference indoor championships since 2003
  • 11 men’s indoor conference titles since 2003


  • 12 national tournament qualifying teams, including 2021
  • 20 or more wins in 13 of last 20 years
  • 10 regular season and seven tournament conference championships
  • Two or more All-Conference selections in each of the last 22 years


  • 15 national titles since 1996, 12 national duals titles since 2003
  • First or second in nation in 24 of last 31 years
  • 40-time conference champions, including 29 in the last 30 seasons
  • Held a 220-match winning streak over current conference opponents in dual competition from 1993-2020
  • Two or more individual national champions in 13 of the last 19 seasons


Wartburg student athletes enjoy some of the best NCAA Div. III athletic facilities in the country.