Janusiak wins second straight MWC cross country title

Lawrence's Josh Janusiak, left, took the title at the Midwest Conference Championships and Joe Kortenhof, right, finished eighth.
Lawrence's Josh Janusiak, left, took the title at the Midwest Conference Championships and Joe Kortenhof, right, finished eighth.

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- Lawrence University cross country star Josh Janusiak raced to his second straight individual title at the Midwest Conference Championships on Saturday.

The junior from South Milwaukee, Wis., roared to a course-record time of 24:58.7 on the 8,000-meter layout at The Links at Jacksonville Country Club. Janusiak won by 17 seconds over Cornell College's Cuyler Gabriel. Lawrence sophomore Joe Kortenhof earned all-conference honors for the second straight season as he took eighth place in 25:47.9.

Led by Janusiak and Kortenhof, Lawrence finished fourth in the team standings with 131 points. Cornell won the title with 35.

Ben Schaefer took 25th for the Vikings in 26:47.8, Ty Heuer was 48th in 28:02.7 and Cullen Allard was 49th in 28:02.9 to round out the scoring for Lawrence.

Janusiak joins some elite company in Lawrence cross country history as just the third runner to win a pair of individual conference titles. Eric Griffin was the last as he did it in 1984 and 1985. The first was Tad Pinkerton, who won titles in 1957 and 1959.

On the women's side, Margaret Huck earned all-conference honors for the Vikings with her 16th-place finish. Huck covered the 6,000 meters in 23:13.1. Led by Huck, the Lawrence women finished sixth with 130 points. St. Norbert won the title with 37.

Kate Kilgus was next for Lawrence in 22nd in 23:24.6 and rounding out the scoring for the Vikings were Erin Schrobilgen (26th, 23:32.3), Hannah Kinzer (28th, 23:41.1) and Alex Chand (38th, 24:10.9).