Press Staff Report
Former Charles City cross country and track and field standout Isaac Wendland, who helped the Charles City boys track team win a Class 3A state title in 2005, has been named as an assistant coach for both the track and cross country teams at his alma mater, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
After graduating from LU in 2013, Wendland began his coaching career at Liberty Christian Academy during the 2013-14 school year, working as an assistant cross country coach and the track team’s distance coach.
Wendland remained in the Lynchburg area while serving as an assistant coach for Jefferson Forest’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams (2014-18). While Wendland was on staff, the Jefferson Forest girls’ team placed inside the top seven at the VHSL state meet five-straight years, and the boys’ team placed fifth at the 2018 state meet, recording the highest finish in school history.
A Lighthouse Academy graduate who ran for the Comets his high school athletic career, Wendland won three cross country titles in 2005, 06 and 07 after finishing third as a freshman in 2004; and 11 track and field titles: four times in the 1,600, three times in the 800, three times with the Comets’ 1,600 medley relay team, and once with the Comets’ 4-by-400 relay team.
Wendland remains the state’s only four-time champion in the 1,600, and still holds the state’s Class 3A 800 record (1:53.74) set in 2008.
During December of 2017, Wendland was inducted into the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame at the Gateway Center in Ames with fellow Charles City standout Randy Elliott.
After graduating from Lighthouse Academy in Floyd, Wendland continued his career at Liberty, where he became a nine-time All Big South performer, a three-time Big South champion and a D1 NCAA qualifier in the 1,500.