Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Dominate at Luther, Coe

The Loras College Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams each claimed their second triangular victory of the season in dominant fashion at Luther College on Saturday. The Men’s team won the meet with 129.50 points, topping the host Norse with 84.50 points and Coe College with 59, while the Women’s squad tallied 12 individual event wins and won the meet with a decisive 143 points followed by the host Norse with 86 and the Kohawks with 34.

Alyssa Pfadenhauer (’23)

For the men, Neal Eckhoff (’23) led the way with the Duhawks claiming the top four spots in the weight throw, posting a heave of 16.44 meters to rank seventh in program history and 14th in Division III this season. On the track, Josh Smith (’22) continued to showcase his strengths, winning the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.49 seconds and led teammates De’Andre Klein (’22), Shamari Scott (’20) and Ray Venditti (’23) to sweep the top-four finishes. 

Alyssa Pfadenhauer (’23) claimed vicoties in the 55-meter and 200-meter events to set the pace for the women.  Sophia Schuler (’24) leapt her way into the program record book with a win in the long jump, jumping a distance of 5.36 meters to rank eighth in Loras history and 12th nationally. 

You can find full recaps of both the Men’s and Women’s victories at

Both teams look to continue their winning ways on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Wartburg College against the No. 1-ranked Knights and No. 17 ranked Nebraska Wesleyan University.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).