Sprint medley relay, Chand lead Vikings on opening day of MWC Championships

RIPON, Wis. -- Lawrence University track and field stars Josh Janusiak and Joe Kortenhof blew away the field in the 5,000 meters Friday and set a new league record in the process at the Midwest Conference Championships.

Janusiak shattered the MWC record, broke his own Lawrence record and set a track record at Ripon College's Willmore Center. 

Janusiak won the 5,000 in 14:48.98 and Kortenhof was second in 14:50.60, and that broke the conference record of 14:53.27 set by Monmouth's Jake Barr in 2013. Janusiak also broke his own school record of 14:58.86. The third-place finisher from Cornell was 33 seconds behind Kortenhof.

Janusiak now owns the 20th-fastest time in the 5,000 in all of NCAA Division III, and Kortenhof has the 22nd-fastest time. 

The Lawrence men are in fifth place in the team standings with 23 points, and Monmouth leads with 58 points.

Lawrence's sprint medley relay team of Will Nichols, Ethan Simmons, Mik Patel and Cullen Allard raced to fifth place in 3:44.62. The 4x200 relay team of Nichols, Simmons, Dan Sandacz and Alex DuVall grabbed eighth place in 1:35.51.

On the women's side, rookie Alex Chand led the Vikings with a fifth-place finish in the mile in 5:25.25. Senior Hannah Kinzer raced to seventh in the 5,000 in 19:11.84.

The sprint medley team of Nora Robinson, Fanita Robins, Mikaela Hintz and Kate Kilgus posted the top finish for the Vikings by taking fourth in 4:28.28. The 4x200 relay of Hintz, Robins, Robinsin and Emily Hoeft grabbed eighth in 1:51.79.

Janey Degnan also placed for the Vikings as she took seventh in the pole vault with a height of 8 feet, 2 inches.

The Lawrence women are in eighth place with 14 points, and St. Norbert leads with 79.