Janusiak earns All-Academic honors to cap spectacular sophomore season

Lawrence University track star Josh Janusiak, front, earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Lawrence University track star Josh Janusiak, front, earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University track and field star Josh Janusiak has earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Janusiak (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee), a sophomore distance runner, captured the honor with stellar work in the classroom and on the track. A philosophy major, Janusiak has a sparkling 3.94 grade point average. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.3 grade point average and either qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships or finish the regular season ranked in the top 50 nationally in an individual event or in the top 35 in a relay event.

Janusiak, who is a member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team, finished the season ranked 35th nationally in the 10,000 meters.

Janusiak captured a pair of Midwest Conference track titles and broke two Lawrence records. Janusiak won the 5,000 meters at the Midwest Conference Indoor Championships and then captured the 10,000 meters at the league's outdoor championships.

Janusiak broke the school's outdoor record in the 5,000 with a time of 15:05.60, and that nipped Eric Griffin's 1985 mark of 15:05.84. Jansuiak also broke Jim Miller's record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:58.96. Miller's mark of 31:01 had stood since 1978.

At the Midwest Conference's outdoor championships, Janusiak also captured the MWC's Elite 20 award, which 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.