WARTBURG WOMEN, LORAS MEN WIN IIAC ALL-SPORTS TROPHIES
WARTBURG WINS 16TH CONSECUTIVE COMBINED ALL-SPORTS TROPHY
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) has concluded its 2017-18 regular season calendar. For the 16th-straight year, Wartburg College finds themselves atop the IIAC All-Sports Championship Trophy standings, recognizing the conference’s top overall program. The Knights won the Marjorie Giles Women’s All-Sports Championship Trophy for the 15th time in school history. Loras College claimed the Elmer Hertel Men’s All-Sports Championship Trophy for the third time and first since 1996-97.
On the men’s side, Dubuque scored 24.6 points during the spring to pace the league. The Spartans captured the school’s first-ever regular season baseball title and claimed a runner-up finish in outdoor track & field. Dubuque finished fourth in golf and sixth in tennis to add to their spring points total. The Central College men were the second leading scorers during spring competition, earning an IIAC championship in outdoor track & field, along with a second-place finish in golf. Luther College took second in tennis and third in golf to pick up the third-best spring point total. Loras College used a third-place finish in outdoor track & field, fourth-place finishes in baseball and tennis, and a fifth-place finish in golf to earn the school’s third Elmer Hertel Men’s All-Sports Championship Trophy. Wartburg used a second-place finish in baseball and a fourth-place in outdoor track & field to claim the fifth-most points in the spring. The Coe College men’s tennis team won the regular season title, helping the Kohawks pick up the sixth-most points this spring. The fourth IIAC spring title was won by the Nebraska Wesleyan men’s golf team. The championship helped NWU tally the seventh-highest spring point total.
Only the top two positions on the women’s side remained the same between the winter and final standings, with Wartburg claiming the top spot and Luther earning a runner-up finish. Central jumped ahead of Loras in the final standings to earn third-place and Nebraska Wesleyan jumped ahead of Coe and Dubuque after the spring results to take fifth. The Prairie Wolves earned the highest point total of the spring behind a conference championship in outdoor track & field and a fourth-place finish in softball. The Dutch took second-place in softball and finished fourth at the outdoor track & field championships to take home the second-highest spring point total. Coe used its regular season softball title to earn the third-most points of the spring. Luther’s third-place finish in softball helped them maintain their second-place finish in the overall standings and the Knights’ runner-up finish in outdoor track & field secured their 15th Marjorie Giles Women’s All-Sports Championship Trophy.
Elmer Hertel Men’s All-Sports Trophy
For the first time since 1996-97, the Loras College Duhawks are the winners of the Elmer Hertel Men’s All-Sports trophy, totaling 60.7-points this year. The Duhawks were paced by a cross country conference championship and second-place finishes in soccer, wrestling, and basketball. Loras also earned top four finishes in outdoor track & field (3rd), indoor track & field (4th), tennis (4th), and baseball (4th). After winning five-straight Men’s All-Sports trophies, Wartburg College is taking home a runner-up finish in 2018 with 58.8-points. The Knights raised conference championship trophies in football and wrestling to contribute 18-points towards their total. The Knights wrestling team also won their 14th NCAA team title. Second-place finishes were picked up by Wartburg in cross country and baseball. Wartburg also finished third at the indoor track & field championships and took home fourth-place finishes in basketball and outdoor track & field. Luther earned a third-place finish with 50.7-points. The Norse captured a first-place finish in soccer and claimed second in tennis. Luther also earned third-place finishes in football and golf. Central’s track team finished first at the outdoor championships and second at indoors to add 8.7-points to the school’s fourth place finish (50.2-points). The Dutch also picked up 16-points behind runner-up finishes in football and golf, while the tennis team took third to earn seven points. The University of Dubuque finished fifth in this year’s overall standings with 49.3-points. Conference titles in baseball and indoor track & field led the way for Dubuque. The Spartans also picked up a second-place finish in outdoor track & field. Nebraska Wesleyan is taking home sixth-place this year with 44-points. The Prairie Wolves earned conference championships in basketball and golf. The men’s basketball team also went on to win the NCAA national title. In seventh-place is Simpson College, who finished the year with 37-points. The Storm were led by a third-place finish in soccer and ties for fourth-place in football and basketball. Eighth-place, Coe College, finished with 33-points. The Kohawks were highlighted by a league title in tennis. Coe added 14-points to their total with third-place finishes in baseball and wrestling. Buena Vista finished with 21.3-points, finishing in ninth. The Beavers basketball team took home the school’s highest finish at third-place.
Loras is earning the program’s third Elmer Hertel Trophy and first since 1996-97. Wartburg leads all schools with 21 first-place finishes. Central has won the trophy 13 times while Luther owns 11 trophies and Simpson one.
Marjorie Giles Women’s All-Sports Trophy
Wartburg College maintained its winter lead to earn the schools 15th Marjorie Giles Women’s All-Sports Trophy with 57.3-points. Of the nine IIAC women’s sports, Wartburg placed second or higher in six, with four conference championships. The Knights won titles in golf, volleyball, basketball, and indoor track & field. The Wartburg women’s basketball team also advanced to the NCAA final-four. Second-place finishes were earned in cross country and outdoor track & field. Additionally, the Knights finished fourth in tennis and cross country. Luther, the 2016-17 women’s all-sports trophy winner, finished second this year with 54-points. The Norse picked up a conference title in tennis and runner-up finishes in volleyball and basketball. Third-place finishes for Luther came in golf, cross country, and softball. Central College is taking home third-place in the final standings with 43.7-points. While the Dutch didn’t pick up a conference title on the women’s side this year they finished third or higher in four sports. Second-place finishes for Central were earned in golf, soccer, and softball, while tennis took home third. Loras College used a conference title in soccer to help the Duhawks finish fourth with 41.1-ponts. The Loras indoor track & field team collected a third-place finish at the IIAC championships for their second-best finish this year. Fourth-place finishes were picked up by Loras cross country and basketball. The Prairie Wolves of Nebraska Wesleyan earned conference championships in cross country and outdoor track & field to finish fifth as a school with 40.7-points. NWU also earned second at the indoor track & field championships. Coe College finished in sixth-place with 40-points. The Kohawk softball team tallied nine-points with their league title, while the tennis team picked up eight and the basketball team seven with their second and third place finishes, respectively. The University of Dubuque women are taking home seventh-place with 35.7-points. The Spartan’s soccer team collected UD’s highest finish with a tie for second-place. The volleyball team for UD tied for third to earn 6.5-points and the outdoor track & field team earned fourth-place. With 25.35-points, Simpson College finished in eighth-place. The Storm took fourth in golf for their highest finish of the year. Buena Vista scored 22.15-points to finish in ninth-place. The Beavers tied for third in volleyball for their best finish of the year.
Wartburg leads the conference with 15 Marjorie Giles Women’s Trophies and Luther owns a conference second-best, 10. Central is third with nine. Simpson has won four trophies and Loras owns one.
Combined Iowa Conference All-Sports Trophy
With all 19 men’s and women’s Iowa Conference Championships decided, Wartburg College claims their 16th consecutive All-Sports trophy. The Knights totaled 17 points having secured six conference titles, four runner-up finishes and one third. The Knight’s six conference titles came in women’s golf, volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s indoor track & field, football, and wrestling. Loras and Luther tied for second in this year’s standings with 15-points each. The Duhawks claimed conference titles in women’s soccer and men’s cross country while the Norse took home league championships in women’s tennis and men’s soccer. Fourth-place went to Central College with 13-points. The Dutch raised a conference trophy in men’s outdoor track & field. Nebraska Wesleyan scored 9-points to earn fourth-place. NWU picked up league crowns in women’s cross country, women’s outdoor track & field, men’s golf, and men’s basketball. The University of Dubuque scored 8-points this year to finish sixth. The Spartans won conference championships in baseball and men’s indoor track & field. Coe College finished in seventh place with 6-points. The Kohawk men’s tennis team earned a conference title this year. Finishing in eighth-place with five-points is Simpson, followed by Buena Vista in ninth with two-points.
ABOUT THE TROPHIES
Each school’s finish in each sport is determined and given a numerical worth by inverting the finish (i.e. first place is worth nine points, second place is worth eight points, third place is worth seven points, etc). In case of ties, the worth of all places involved are totaled and divided by the number of teams in that tie. Each school’s finish in all sports is then totaled, and the school with the largest number of points shall be awarded the Elmer Hertel Men’s Sports Championship Trophy for the following year in the men’s league and the Marjorie Giles Women’s Sports Championship Trophy in the women’s league. The school displaying overall excellence in men’s and women’s sports is awarded the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship Trophy.