A Tradition of Excellence

18 out of the last 20 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.* 

27 straight years of individual or team national championships, including the 2021 men’s track & field outdoor national championship, the women’s outdoor steeplechase champion, and two individual wrestling titles at the NWCA national meet.

20 of last 23 American Rivers Conference men’s all-sports championships.*

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

17 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

2020-21 Achievements

• Men’s track & field won the 2021 NCAA Outdoor National Championships, the first in program history. The men and women combined for 24 All-American finishes, including a national title from Aubrie Fisher in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

• Unofficially, wrestling won the 2021 National Wrestling Coaches Association Championships, recording eight All-American finishes including two individual national titles from David Hollingsworth at 157 lbs. and Kyle Briggs at 174 lbs.

• Wartburg totaled 32 All-American honors along with a pair of All-American honorable mention awards.

• Three Knights named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, bringing Wartburg’s total to 112 honorees (as of July 2021)

• Eight American Rivers Conference Championships: men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer, and men’s outdoor track & field.• Eight student-athletes were named conference MVPs: Aubrie Fisher (cross country), Joe Freiburger (cross country), Kyle Briggs (wrestling), Breya Christopher (indoor track & field), Christopher Collet (indoor track & field), co-MVPs Derrick Smith and Dallas Wright (outdoor track & field) and Kaci Sherwood (softball).

• Conference-best 191 student-athletes were named Academic All-Conference throughout the fall, winter, and spring.

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
  • 2019 squad finished 10-2, qualified for NCAA playoffs for third consecutive season
  • 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


  • Five All-Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference selections since inaugural season (2015)
  • Wartburg has had an All-Conference selection in all seven eligible seasons in program history
  • Bri Greiskalns became the program’s all-time leading scorer in 2021 and was named the MWLC Midfielder of the Year and IWLCA All-Region.


  • 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 conference champions
  • 30 wins in seven of last 18 seasons
  • College World Series berth in 2003
  • NCAA Tournament qualifer in 2019
  • Program record 17 conference wins in 2021, four players named All-Region and one All-American (Kaci Sherwood)


  • 28 men’s All-Conference selections in the last 11 years
  • 25 women’s All-Conference selections in last nine years
  • Women’s conference championship in 2018, the first in program history

Track and Field

  • 10 top-20 finishes for men at outdoor nationals since 2001, including National Championship in 2021
  • 15 top-10 finishes for women at outdoor nationals since 1999, including five National Championships
  • 19 of the past 20 defending women’s conference outdoor champions
  • 10 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
  • Nine 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
  • 10 top-10 finishes for women at indoor nationals since 2002
  • 17 of the last 19 women’s conference indoor championships since 2003
  • 11 men’s indoor conference titles since 2003


  • 11 national tournament qualifying teams, including 2017
  • 20 or more wins in 13 of last 20 years
  • At least a share of six consecutive conference titles since 2015
  • Two or more All-Conference selections in each of the last 22 years


  • 14 national titles since 1996, 12 national duals titles since 2003
  • First or second in nation in 22 of last 29 years
  • 38-time conference champions, including 28 in the last 29 seasons
  • Held a winning-streak over current conference opponents in dual competition from 1993-2020
  • Two or more individual national champions in 12 of the last 18 seasons


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