DE PERE, Wis. — Sam Stevens ran to victory in the 1,500 meters to pace the Lawrence University track and field team on Friday’s opening day of the Midwest Conference Championships at Schneider Stadium.

Stevens, a junior from Suamico, Wis., raced to the first outdoor title of his track career with a winning time of 3:59.36. He edged Carroll University’s Joe Pliner, who finished second in 4:00.79.

Curran Carlile ran to a second-place finish in the 10,000 meters in 33:19.02, and teammate Kyle Dockery took eighth in the same event in 34:53.87.

The other point scorer for the men on Friday was freshman Nick Craker, who grabbed fifth in the shot put with a toss of 43 feet, 7 inches.

Rose Tepper vaulted herself to a third-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 5-3. Senior Emily Muhs grabbed fifth in the 10,000 in 41:51.79.

The Lawrence men have 23 points after the opening day, and the women have 10.