Lawrence cross country teams, Janusiak honored for academic excellence

The Lawrence men's cross country team was named a USTFCCCA All-Academic squad.
The Lawrence men's cross country team was named a USTFCCCA All-Academic squad.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University men's and women's cross country teams and star runner Josh Janusiak were all honored for academic excellence by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Both Lawrence teams captured the All-Academic award, and Janusiak received the All-Academic individual honor. To be eligible for the team award, a squad must post a team scored at its NCAA regional meet and have a minimum 3.10 grade point average. To win the individual award, a runner must finish in the top 25 percent at their NCAA regional meet and have a minimum 3.30 grade point average.

The women's team posted the fifth-highest grade point average in the nation at 3.77. This marks the ninth consecutive season Lawrence has earned the award, and all have come under the direction of head coach Jason Fast. The top GPA in the nation belonged to Fontbonne University at 3.94.

The men's team won the award for the seventh time in the last nine seasons and recorded a 3.57 grade point average. That was good for the 12th-best GPA in the nation, and Caltech was tops at 3.75.

Janusiak (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee) was honored for the third consecutive season. A junior majoring in philosophy and Spanish, Janusiak holds a 3.9 grade point average.

Janusiak won his second consecutive Midwest Conference cross country title in 2017 and earned his first berth in the NCAA Division III Championships. The first Lawrence runner to win back-to-back league titles since Eric Griffin did it in 1984 and 1985, Janusiak also set the school and conference records at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a time of 23:55.7 on the 8,000-meter course.

Janusiak went on to finish 48th at the NCAA Championships.