Janusiak claims MWC Elite 20 award

Janusiak claims MWC Elite 20 award

GALESBURG, Ill. -- Lawrence University track and field star Josh Janusiak won the Midwest Conference Elite 20 award this weekend at the league championships.

It capped a good weekend for Janusiak (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee), who won the 10,000 meters and took fifth in the 5,000.

The Elite 20 award is given each year by the Midwest Conference as it recognizes the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating in his or her respective sport's culminating championship or tournament event. The award recognizes the commitment of the student-athlete toward the pursuit of excellence in both the athletic and academic realms as measured by reaching the pinnacle of competition within the league, while also achieving the highest academic standard among peers.

Janusiak holds a 3.93 grade point average and is a philosophy major.

Janusiak is the 2016 Midwest Conference cross country champion, earned All-Midwest Region honors in cross country and took the league's indoor title in the 5,000 in March.

Janusiak also was chosen for the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team.

A Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative, Janusiak is active both on and off campus. He is a member of Greenfire, an environmental sustainability club and worked on Lawrence's It's On Us campaign for sexual assault awareness.

In the community, he has volunteered at the Bethesda Thrift Mart, for Appleton Community Game Night and for the city's Martin Luther King Day celebration.

Janusiak is the second Lawrence athlete to win an Elite 20 award this year. Men's tennis player David Jumes was the first to receive the honor.