Schubert wins first individual NCAA title

One by one, Libbey Schubert reached longstanding goals at the end of her career.

After winning her first individual Iowa Conference outdoor title with triumphs in the 100 and 200 meter dashes May 10, Schubert broke 24 seconds in the 200 for the first time in the NCAA preliminaries Thursday.

Saturday, she soared to a new height, becoming the first 200-meter dash national champion in program history by completing her final collegiate individual race in 23.91 seconds at Ohio Wesleyan.

“It feels awesome,” Schubert said in an NCAA video. “It’s been a long time coming. It feels good that the hard work finally paid off.”

Schubert led the rest of the field by 0.6 seconds.

“I knew around the curve the inside girl was right on my shoulder and I was like, ‘OK I gotta go’ and just tell myself that I’m stronger and that’s what I did,” she said.

Those 10 points helped Wartburg edge Wis.-Oshkosh for its third straight NCAA team championship. She was also third in the 100 meter dash and was part of the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays that took third and second, respectively.

Before anchoring the 4×400 to a NCAA-clinching runner-up finish, Schubert said winning the 200 helped the entire team’s confidence.

“We came in as the underdog and kind of all year haven’t been shining on top,” she said. “It’s always been Oshkosh so it’s kind of nice to go in with confidence. I’m happy to do that for my teammates.”

After running in her last collegiate meet, Schubert and her teammates traveled overnight to Waverly, where the seniors walked across the stage at Sunday afternoon’s graduation ceremony.

The Fairfield, Iowa native who can now be called a national champion wasn’t just aided by her head coach, Marcus Newsom, for athletic success.

“He’s like a second dad to me. My dad lives in Colorado so I don’t get to see him very much,” Schubert said. “He shows me tough love, the love that I need and helped me get through college. His love and support will always be remembered.”

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