NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. -- Saturday's Midwest Conference Championships was like a performance of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" by Lawrence University cross country star Josh Janusiak.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Janusiak won his third consecutive conference championship, and that is a first for a Lawrence runner. This marks just the sixth time in Midwest Conference history that a men's runner has won three straight titles. It also marks four consecutive all-conference performances for Janusiak, and he is the fourth runner in Lawrence history to acheive that feat.
Janusiak covered the 8,000-meter layout at Foss Park Golf Course in 24:49 and held off a determined charge by Cornell College's Mason Wicker, who was second in 24:51.
"Winning conference three years in a row feels like one of my greatest running accomplishments because I had to be consistent and improve over years to be able to maintain that standard for myself I set back in my sophomore year," Janusiak said. "This year was the most nerve-wracking that it was such a close race with Mason Wicker right on me at the end."
Janusiak is the first conference runner to win three in a row since Grinnell College's Adam Booth did it from 2001 through 2003.
Lawrence's Joe Kortenhof earned all-conference honors for the third consecutive season as he finished eighth in 25:47. The top 20 runners are the all-conference team. Lawrence's Ben Schaefer was 26th in 27:17, Cullen Allard was 30th in 27:31 and Alec Timpe was 56th in 28:23 to round out the scoring for the Vikings.
Lawrence finished fifth in the team standings with 115 points, and Cornell won the title with 36.
On the women's side, Lawrence finished sixth with 171 points, and St. Norbert College took the title with 36.
The top finisher for Lawrence was Alex Chand, who was 21st as she covered the 6,000 meters in 24:17. Leah Hawksford was 29th in 24:38, and Molly Doruska was right on her heels in 31st in 24:40. Completing the scoring for the Vikings were Alyssa Kuss, who was 41st in 25:30, and Natalie Lamonto, who was 49th in 26:35.
Graceanne Tarsa of St. Norbert won in 22:48.