Category: Indoor Track and Field

Kilgus, Janusiak come up short in record-breaking attempts

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Lawrence University track and field standouts Josh Janusiak and Kate Kilgus both narrowly missed school records at the Pointer National Qualifier at UW-Stevens Point on Saturday.

Janusiak finished eighth in the 3,000 meters in 8:47.97, just shy of Cam Davies’ school record of 8:46.71.

Kilgus finished 10th in the mile with a time of 5:22.68. She was less than a second from breaking Erin Schrobilgen’s school record of 5:21.84.

Noah Shea also competed for the Vikings and placed eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 3.75 inches.

Shea leaps to triple jump title at MWC Championships; named Newcomer of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Lawrence University track and field standout Noah Shea leaped to the title in the triple jump Saturday and was named the Newcomer of the Year at the Midwest Conference Championships.

Shea uncorked his longest jump of the season at 44 feet, 4 inches, to win the title by more than nine inches. Beloit College’s Dewight Walker was second at 43-7.75. It marked the first conference title for Shea and it is the first time Lawrence won the triple jump since All-American Kolade Agbaje-Williams did it in 2006.

Shea also won the league’s Newcomer of the Year Award and was the only freshman to win an individual title at the conference championships.

Distance star Josh Janusiak was going for his second title of the weekend as he ran the 3,000 meters on Saturday. The sophomore led from the start until the final 300 meters when he was overtaken by a trio of Cornell College runners, none of whom ran the 5,000 that Janusiak won on Friday. Janusiak had to settle for fourth in 8:52.29 as Cornell’s Mason Wicker won in 8:49.15.

Dan Sandacz grabbed a fifth place for the Vikings in the 60 hurdles in 9.04 seconds, Jackson Straughan grabbed seventh in the weight throw at 45-7 and Will Nichols raced to eighth in the 400 in 51.62 seconds.

Lawrence’s distance medley relay team of Shea, Ben Schaefer, Terrell Myers and Max Edwards placed eighth in 11:24.96.

The Lawrence men finished in eighth place with 40 points, and Monmouth College won the title with 156.

On the women’s side, Lawrence finished eighth with 30 points, and St. Norbert College took the title with 209.5.

Hannah Kinzer capped a great weekend by placing fourth in the 3,000 meters in a personal-best time of 10:54.28. Kinzer grabbed third in the 5,000 on Friday.

Lawrence’s two relays also had great runs as the distance medley relay was third and the 4×400 was fourth.

The distance medley relay team of Amy Hutchings, Mikaela Hintz, Christina Sedall and Kate Kilgus ran its fastest time of the season at 13:15.09 to take third. The 4×400 team of Kilgus, Hintz, Hutchings and Janey Degnan also had a season-best time of 4:17.35 to take fourth.

Sedall also picked up an eighth place in the 800 in 2:33.59.

Men’s results

Women’s results

Janusiak runs to title in 5,000 on opening day of MWC Championships

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Lawrence University track and field star Josh Janusiak ran to victory in the 5,000 meters Friday to pace the Vikings on the opening day of the Midwest Conference Championships at King Field House.

Janusiak, a sophomore from South Milwaukee, charged to the win in 15:18.88 and won by nearly 12 seconds over Grinnell College’s John Lennon, who was second in 15:30.34. Lawrence’s Ben Schaefer finished seventh in the event in 16:15.73.

It the first track conference track title for Janusiak, who won the league’s cross country crown last fall.

Lawrence got two other individual placements on the day as Wes Hetcher took seventh in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches, and Jackson Straughan took seventh in the shotput at 41-6.

The men’s 4×200 relay of Will Nichols, Noah Shea, Terrell Myers and Dan Sandacz took eighth in 1:34.43.

Hannah Kinzer grabbed all-conference honors in the women’s 5,000 as she raced to third place in 18:54.54. Cornell College’s Abrah Masterson won the event in a conference record time of 17:51.61.

Kate Kilgus placed in one event and was part of a place-winning relay team. Kilgus ran to seventh in the mile with a time of 5:23.44. Kilgus was joined by Janey Degnan, Fanita Robins and Mikaela Hintz on the sprint medley relay team that placed fourth in 4:33.40.

The Lawrence men are in seventh place with 17 points, and Monmouth College leads with 62. The Lawrence women are in seventh with 13 points, and St. Norbert College is first with 91.5.

Results

Inside LU Athletics: Vikings set to step up at MWC Championships

Lawrence’s Josh Janusiak, left, holds the top times in the Midwest Conference in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University track and field coach Jason Fast is a little like a kid on Christmas morning. He’s staring at the presents and just can’t wait to rip off the wrapping paper.

Fast and his Vikings are heading to the Midwest Conference Championships at Illinois College this weekend, and the expectations are higher for the men’s team than they have been in some time.

“Everyone is excited for the possibilities. We’re not a team that’s strong in one event or another. We’re a more well-rounded team,” said Fast, whose men’s team was picked to finish sixth in a preseason poll.

“The conference week is always the longest because you want it to get here. It’s more so when you know your teams are ready and primed to go. We’re aiming to be top five. I think if we just perform to our potential, we’re there.”

The last time the Vikings finished as high as fifth during the indoor season there was still a country called East Germany. That was 1990.

Super sophomore Josh Janusiak leads the Vikings into the meet and holds the top times in the league in both the 3,000 (8:51.59) and 5,000 meters (15:22.20). Janusiak’s excellent running mate, freshman Joe Kortenhof, has battled through injury during the indoor season but will compete this weekend.

“We want him to win both, to hold serve as it were,” Fast said of Janusiak. “He’s really come into his own this year. He’s embracing the role of the favorite. He’s not afraid to get out in front and lead.”

The most versatile Viking is freshman Will Nichols, who will likely compete in six events this weekend. Nichols just broke the school record in the 200 meters at 22.81 seconds and will be a factor in the 400 as well. Nichols, who had never triple-jumped before this year, has jumped over 40 feet this season.

“That’s the scary part about him right now,” Fast said of Nichols, who will run on three relays. “He’s just starting to figure out how to be successful in track. Little things like how to run on an indoor track and really just perfecting his start.”

Another rookie, Noah Shea, is ranked second in the league in the triple jump at 43 feet, 10.5 inches. He also will run the 4×200, 4×400, sprint medley and distance medley relays.

The Vikings also have other contenders in Jackson Straughn (weight throw, shot put), Wes Hetcher (pole vault) and Dan Sandacz (60 hurdles).

Another factor in Lawrence’s success during the indoor season has been the weather. Since Lawrence doesn’t have an indoor track, the Vikings practice outside. The unseasonable weather has been a boon.

“More than anything, the warmth and sunshine helps with everyone’s mentality and having two weeks of spectacular weather and being able to practice on our outdoor track,” Fast said. “In the last five years, we’ve maybe had three or four practices on the outdoor track, and we’ve had more than that in the last two weeks.”

The Week Ahead: February 20-26

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University track and field teams and fencing squads compete in their conference championships this weekend.

The Lawrence thinclads head to Jacksonville, Ill., for the Midwest Conference Championships on Friday and Saturday looking to bring home some individual titles. The Lawrence fencers are off to Columbus, Ohio, for the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships at Ohio State.

TRACK AND FIELD

Event: Midwest Conference Championships

When and Where: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, King Field House, Jacksonville, Ill. Competition begins Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.

Webcast: Midwest Conference Championships

Fast Fact: The Vikings have several title contenders, led by distance standouts Josh Janusiak and Joe Kortenhof. Look for a pair of rookies, Will Nichols and Noah Shea, to have a big impact as well. Nichols, fresh off breaking the school record in the 200 meters, will compete in multiple events, and Shea is one of the league’s top triple jumpers.

MEN’S TENNIS (1-2)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Lakeland (0-0)

When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Fox Cities Racquet Club.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: The Vikings look to snap a two-match losing skid after falling to UW-La Crosse and Concordia Wisconsin. Bill Schuman-Kline remains unbeaten in singles on young season as he improved to 3-0 at No. 2.

FENCING

Event: Midwest Fencing Conference Championships

When and Where: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, all day, French Field House, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: The Vikings are looking to improve on their combined fourth-place finish at the 2016 MFC Championships. The men grabbed second place last season, and the women were fifth. The top returning individual finishers for the Vikings are Nathan Schlesinger, who was sixth in foil, and Natalie Hagopian, who took 12th in foil.

 

Nichols shatters Lawrence record in 200

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Lawrence University rookie Will Nichols shattered the school record in the 200 meters on Saturday at the UW-Oshkosh Titan Challenge at Kolf Sports Center.

Nichols, a freshman from Virginia, raced to third place in a time of 22.81 seconds, cruising past the 13-year-old school record of 23.06. The mark was set by Adrell Bullock back in 2004.

Led by Nichols, the Vikings finished seventh with 13 points.

Another freshman, Noah Shea, grabbed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 11.5 inches. Ben Schaefer ran to eighth place in the 5,000 in 16:40.23, and the 4×400 relay team was eighth in 3:34.45.

On the women’s side, Hannah Kinzer paced the Vikings by taking third place in the 3,000 in 11:03.69. The 4×400 relay team raced to sixth place in 4:25.79.

The women were 10th in the team standings with 12 points.

Results

Janusiak runs fastest time in MWC in 5,000

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Lawrence University track and field standout Josh Janusiak was the lone Viking competing on Saturday at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational, but he didn’t let that slow him down.

Janusiak grabbed second place in the 5,000 meters in 15:22.20 and raced to the fastest time in the Midwest Conference in the process. Janusiak battled UW-Whitewater’s Noah Stamsta, who edged Janusiak with a time of 15:19.78.

Janusiak’s time is the fastest in the conference by more than 21 seconds.

The Vikings return to action next Saturday at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational.

Kilgus leads Vikings with second-place finish in mile

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Kate Kilgus grabbed a second-place finish in the mile on Saturday to lead the Lawrence University track teams at the Pointer Invite at UW-Stevens Point.

Kilgus raced to second in a time of 5:30.73, and UW-Stevens Point’s Emily Scheibecker took first in 5:22.30.

The Lawrence women posted two more top-five finishes as the Vikings took seventh in the team standings with 17 points.

Hannah Kinzer grabbed fourth place in the 3,000 in 11:19.23, and Amy Hutchings raced to fifth in the 800 in 2:39.84.

On the men’s side, Will Nichols posted a pair of top-10 finishes. Nichols grabbed eighth place in the 400 meters with a time of 52.10 seconds. Nichols also took ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 5.5 inches.

The top finisher for the Lawrence men was Josh Janusiak, who took seventh in the mile in 4:32.48. Alex Egbert of UW-Stevens Point took first in 4:23.90.

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The Week Ahead: January 30-February 5

APPLETON, Wis. — It’s getting to be crunch time for the winter sports team as Lawrence University men’s and women’s basketball and hockey are closing in on the end of the regular season. Both the men’s basketball squad and the hockey team are fighting for postseason berths in their respective conferences.

The first of the spring sports also gets its season going as men’s tennis opens with a match at MSOE on Sunday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (2-15, 0-12 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence at Cornell (13-4, 11-1 MWC)

When and Where: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m., Small Multi-Sport Center, Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Webcast: Lawrence at Cornell

The Series: Cornell has a slim 8-7 advantage over the Vikings in a series that was first played in the 1988-89 season. The Rams have a seven-game win streak in the rivalry.

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Beloit (4-13, 2-10 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium.

Webcast: Lawrence vs. Beloit

The Series: In a series that started in the 1977-78 season, Beloit holds a 37-28 advantage. The Bucs have won the last 17 meetings.

Fast Fact: Junior guard Olivia Hoesley scored a career-high 20 points vs. Grinnell this past Saturday. She topped her previous high of 19, set in Lawrence’s victory over Marian early in the season.

MEN’S BASKETBALL (7-9, 7-5 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence at Cornell (6-11, 4-8 MWC)

When and Where: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Small Multi-Sport Center, Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Webcast: Lawrence at Cornell

The Series: Cornell holds a 61-30 edge over the Vikings in a series that began in 1924. Lawrence is 4-3 against the Rams since Cornell rejoined the Midwest Conference in 2012.

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Beloit (5-12, 3-9 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium.

Webcast: Lawrence vs. Beloit

The Series: In a series that goes all the way back to 1911, Beloit holds a 101-75 advantage. The Vikings have dominated the series over the past 15 seasons. Lawrence has won 24 of the last 28 meetings with the Bucs.

Fast Fact: Lawrence slipped to fifth place in the Midwest Conference standings with two losses last week. The Vikings are a game out of being tied for third place with Grinnell and Lake Forest. Grinnell holds the tiebreaker with the Vikings, and Lawrence has one game left with Lake Forest.

HOCKEY (5-12-2, 4-8-2 NCHA)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. MSOE (8-7-4, 5-6-3 NCHA)

When and Where: Thursday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., at the Appleton Family Ice Center, and Friday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. at the Kern Center, Milwaukee, Wis.

Webcast: Thursday: Lawrence vs. MSOE Friday: Lawrence at MSOE

The Series: In a series that started in the 1992-93 season, MSOE holds a 49-21-3 advantage. The Vikings are 2-0-1 in the last three meetings with MSOE.

Fast Fact: Lawrence rookie goaltender Evan Cline has a shot at a pair of school season records. Cline has a .934 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average with six games left in the regular season. The record for save percentage is .924 by Peter Emery in 2011-12, and the GAA mark of 2.11 was set by Evan Johnson in 2008-09.

FENCING

Event: Northwestern Duals (at Notre Dame)

When and Where: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4-5, all day, Castellan Family Fencing Center, Notre Dame, Ind.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: The Lawrence women went 3-2 at the DiCicco Duals last weekend, and the men posted a 2-2 mark. Allison Kim and Natalie Hagopian both went 11-4 to pace the women, and Jakub Nowak posted an 8-4 mark to lead the men.

MEN’S TENNIS

Opponent: Lawrence at MSOE

When and Where: Sunday, Feb. 5, noon, Elite Sports Club River Glen, Milwaukee, Wis.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: The Vikings open the season with at least four new faces in the starting lineup as Brian DeCorte, Adam Busch, Ethan Perushek and Mitch Kasprzyk were all lost to graduation. Lawrence was picked to finish fifth in the Midwest Conference in the preseason coaches poll.

Janusiak takes title in 5,000 at Pioneer Open

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Lawrence University track standout Josh Janusiak raced to victory in the 5,000 meters Saturday at the UW-Platteville Pioneer Open.

Janusiak blew away the field in the 5,000 with a winning time of 15:34.23 and posted a winning margin of more than 17 seconds.

Rookie Noah Shea posted a second-place finish in the triple jump as leaped 42 feet, 7.5 inches. Fellow freshman Will Nichols was eighth with a distance of 39-11.25. Shea and Nichols teamed with Terrell Myers and Dan Sandacz to take third in the 4×200 relay with a time of 1:36.09.

Wes Hetcher grabbed seventh in the pole vault with a height of 11-8, and Myers took eighth in the long jump with a leap of 19-5.5.

On the women’s side, Hannah Kinzer raced to second in the 5,000 in 19:32.02. The 4×200 relay team of Mikaela Hintz, Hallie Sogin, Fanita Robins and Janey Degnan took second in 1:57.35.

Men’s results

Women’s results