Distance runners take three awards at Honors Day celebration

Lawrence's Amy Hutchings won the Pond Award for Women at the recent Honors Celebration.
Lawrence's Amy Hutchings won the Pond Award for Women at the recent Honors Celebration.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Three Lawrence University distance runner were among those picking up awards at the recent Honors Celebration.

Eight student-athletes, including distance standouts Josh Janusiak, Max Edwards and Amy Hutchings, were honored. Also receiving awards were swimmers Danielle Millin and Paige Witter, softball's Madeline MacLean, hockey's Evan Cline and football/track standout Jackson Straughan.

The awards are as follows.

The Ruth Bateman Award is given for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability and leadership by a female athlete. Danielle Millin, a senior from Monona, Wis., placed in the top eight at the Midwest Conference Championships 10 times during her career. She set the school record in the 400-yard individual medley and was a part of four school-record relay teams. A team captain, Millin also was the leading point scorer at the 2017 Midwest Conference Championships.

The Iden Charles Champion Cup is given for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability, college spirit and loyalty. Josh Janusiak, a sophomore from South Milwaukee, Wis., was the 2016 Midwest Conference cross country champion and has run the fourth-fastest 8,000 meters in Lawrence cross country history. Janusiak also earned All-Midwest Region honors in cross country, the first time a Lawrence male has raced to that honor since 2000. Jansuiak also won the 5,000 meters at the 2017 Midwest Conference Indoor Championships and took the title in the 10,000 at the conference's outdoor championships. Janusiak also broke school records in the 5,000 and 10,000 during the outdoor season. A philosophy with a 3.93 grade point average, Jansuiak is on the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team and is a member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team.

The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Men is given the freshman man who has made the most outstanding contribution to Lawrence athletics. Hockey player Evan Cline, a native of Freeland, Mich., was named to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association All-Freshman team. He posted a .924 save percentage to tie the school record and had the third-best goals against average in Lawrence history at 2.63. Cline finished with a 3-7-3 record.

The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Women is given to the freshman woman who has made the most outstanding contribution to Lawrence athletics. Softball player Madeline MacLean of Arlington, Wash., was effective at the plate and in the circle during her rookie season in 2016. MacLean hit .301 with five doubles, three home runs and 13 runs batted in. She compiled a 10-8 pitching record with a 3.67 earned run average. She struck out 38 and walked 31.

The Ralph V. Landis Award was established by the Lettermen of Lawrence in honor of Dr. Landis, physician to Lawrence students from 1926-78, and is awarded for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics by a senior male athlete. Senior Jackson Straughan of Heber City, Utah, has impacted both the football and track and field teams. Straughan, who plays offensive tackle on the football team and is a two-year team captain, is a two-time All-Midwest Conference selection. Straughan is a place winner Midwest Conference Championships competition in the shot put, weight throw and hammer throw. Straughan also is a two-year president of Lawrence's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The Charles E. Pond Award for Women is given for all-around athletic ability by a senior woman in two or more sports and for sportsmanship, school spirit and scholarship. Senior cross country and track athlete Amy Hutchings, a native of Ripon, Wis., is a two-time All-Midwest Conference honoree. She earned the award once in cross country and once in track and field. An English major, Hutchings has a 3.72 grade point average and is a member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team.

The Charles E. Pond Award for Men is given for all-around athletic ability by a senior man in two or more sports and for sportsmanship, school spirit and scholarship. Appleton, Wis., native and senior Max Edwards is a Midwest Conference track and field champion and a two-time all-conference honoree in cross country. Edwards was the 2014 Midwest Conference indoor champion in the 5,000 meters. He also earned all-conference honors in cross country in 2014 and 2015. Edwards filmed and directed the "It's On Us" video and produced the 2016 Lawrence University Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame video. An economics major with a 3.73 grade point average, Edwards is a member of the All-Midwest Conference team.

The Marion Read Award is given for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics. Senior swimmer Paige Witter of Denver, Colo., placed in the top eight at the Midwest Conference Championships more than a dozen times during her career and was a multiple winner of the league's Swimmer of the Week award. A team captain, Witter holds the Lawrence record in the 100-yard freestyle and a is member of all five of the school-record relay teams. Witter alone accounted for 48 points at the 2017 Midwest Conference Championships.