Wittenberg To Run For Defenders

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Wittenberg To Run For Defenders

(Friday, April 15, 2022; Sioux Center, Iowa) Josiah Wittenberg has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender track and field and cross country programs.  Wittenberg competes for Pella High School (Iowa).

"I am excited to welcome Josiah to Defender Nation.  Josiah is a member of a perennially successful Pella cross country and track & field program.  He has a good understanding of training and has raced at the highest levels that Iowa High School has to offer.  These experiences will help him transition quickly to collegiate running. Additionally, Josiah is a great fit for the greater campus community and will flourish academically and spiritually during his time here as well. I look forward to working with him the next four years," said Dordt cross country coach and assistant track and field coach Nate Wolf.

Wittenberg is a two-time all-state performer in cross country and a four-time all-district performer.  He’s also earned all-conference honors four times. Wittenberg was a district champion as a freshman and placed ninth at the state meet in 2018 and sixth in 2019.  He was a part of a 4x800 meter relay team in 2021 that won the Class 3A title. That team earned elite all-state status with one of the four best times at the state meet. Wittenberg has personal bests of 16:21 on a 5,000 meter cross country course, 9:49 in the 3200 meters, 4:30 in the 1600 and 1:59 in the 800 meters.

“One of the things I absolutely love about Dordt is the culture around campus and around the cross country and track team,” said Wittenberg. “I feel like through the highs and lows of life, I will have people around me who will support me.”

Josiah is the son of Craig and Angie Wittenberg of Pella, Iowa.  He Plans to study Health and Human Performance at Dordt.

Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA). 

U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.