Janusiak named Performer of the Meet, Vikings take fifth at MWC Championships

Lawrence's Josh Janusiak, left, was named Performer of the Meet at the MWC Championships.
Lawrence's Josh Janusiak, left, was named Performer of the Meet at the MWC Championships.

RIPON, Wis. -- Lawrence University standout Josh Janusiak was named the Track Performer of the Meet on Saturday as he lead the Vikings to fifth place the Midwest Conference Championships.

Janusiak, who set a meet record in winning the 5,000 meters on Friday, grabbed third place in the 3,000 with a time of 8:40.62. Lawrence teammate Joe Kortenhof was fifth in 8:41.82.

Lawrence finished with 52 points, and Monmouth won the team title with 145.

Will Nichols leaped to fourth place in the triple jump with a distance of 42 feet, 7.5 inches. Gabe Baker set a Lawrence record as he took fifth place in the weight throw. Baker's toss of 50-1.25 broke the 2011 record of 48-11.5 set by Nick Kerkman.

Lawrence also placed sixth in two relays. The 4x400 relay of Nichols, Cullen Allard, Dan Sandacz and Mik Patel was sixth in 3:34.44. The distance medley relay of Allard, Patel, Sandacz and Ben Schaefer was sixth in 10:59.29.

On the women's side, Lawrence placed two runners in the top eight in the 3,000. Alex Chand was fifth in 10:52.68, and Hannah Kinzer was eighth in 11:08.75. 

Lawrence also placed in the top seven in both relays. The distance medley relay of Kate Kilgus, Janey Degnan, Christina Sedall and Erin Schrobilgen was fifth in 13:33.03. THe 4x400 relay of Degnan, Emily Hoeft, Hallie Sogin and Mikaela Hintz was seventh in 4:23.72.

Lawrence was ninth in the team standings with 25 points, and St. Norbert won the title with 178.