MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Cam Davies grabbed the title in the 3,000 meters on Saturday to pace the Lawrence University track teams at the Midwest Conference Championships at Cornell College.
Davies raced to his first individual conference championship and set a new school record in the process with a time of 8:46.71. Davies broke the record of 8:50.83, set in 2012 by Sam Stevens. Davies finished nearly seven seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ben Taylor of Grinnell College. Lawrence’s Kyle Dockery took sixth in the event with a time of 9:10.26.
JP Ranumas grabbed second place in the 60-meter hurdles, and his time of 8.66 seconds set a new school record. Ranumas broke his own record of 8.67, which was set last season. Illinois College’s John Piper won the event in 8.30 seconds.
The other top finishers for the men were a pair of relay teams. The distance medley relay team of Dan Thoresen, Chris Fuelling, Tyler Herman and Mike Mangian took third in 10:44.32, and the 1,600 relay team of Herman, Ranumas, Mangian and Thoresen was ffith in 3:36.51.
The Lawrence men finished eighth in the team standings with 44 points. The Lawrence women were ninth with 14 points.
The top finisher for the women was the distance medley relay team of Katherine Dannecker, Kate Kilgus, Liza Girsova and Cora Williams, which was fourth in 13:20.90. The 1,600 relay team of Girsova, Kilgus, Katie Barie and Anna Bolgrien took seventh in 4:23.90. Bolgrien had the top individual finish by taking seventh in the 800 in 2:26.37.