Fort Wayne College Athletics Year-in-Review
May29

Fort Wayne College Athletics Year-in-Review

Fort Wayne isn’t generally known for college athletics. Indiana Tech and Saint Francis are NAIA, which is almost like an NCAA Division II ½, and IPFW is still establishing themselves within NCAA Division I as a competitive team. This year though, at least 10 teams from Indiana Tech and USF combined made it to the National Championship in their respective sports. Of that, half of those teams won the national title, and IPFW advanced to tournament championships. The Cougars’ football team advanced to the quarterfinals of the national championship tournament, falling in Kentucky to the University of the Cumberlands. Also in the fall, men’s and women’s cross country teams from Indiana Tech qualified for the national championships in Lawrence, Kansas. This was the first time in four years that the teams qualified instead of just individuals. The men finished 18th, and the women finished 19th. The winter was all about Saint Francis. The women’s team took over the top rank in NAIA Division II in December over Indiana Wesleyan. The Cougars were undefeated throughout the remainder of the season, the conference tournament, and the national tournament, where they defeated College of the Ozarks in the NAIA National Championship Final. Indiana Tech’s men’s indoor track and field team took the national championship title in addition to a few individual event titles. The women’s team finished second. IPFW men’s basketball had their best season since switching into D-I athletics. They advanced to the Summit League Tournament Championship game and were one win away from the NCAA National Tournament. The Mastodons ended up falling to North Dakota State. Their performance was good enough to be included in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. They advanced to the second round, but fell to VMI, ending the season with an overall record of 25-11. The IPFW women’s team didn’t finish quite as strongly as the men, but highlighted their season with a victory over then-ranked No. 21 Michigan State. It was the first win for the program over a ranked team. As the weather warmed up (for the most part), spring brought two more national championship titles to Indiana Tech, and one top-ten finish. In Gulf Shores, Alabama, Indiana Tech’s men’s and women’s track and field teams defended their outdoor title from 2013. The women’s team defended their title by a single point over Oklahoma Baptist. The Warriors’ women’s golf team finished with a program-best ninth at the NAIA tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska. They had already made history by qualifying for the final day of competition and beat that with a top-ten finish. Slowly but surely, Fort Wayne is becoming a destination for student-athletes. Three quality athletic...

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