Last Friday, while many of us were heading home to celebrate Easter or just to spend time with family, the Lawrence track and field team was on its way to the UW-Oshkosh Invitational. The competition was held at Titan Stadium.
Despite the changes in weather, the Vikings came out ready to compete. David Zane, Jamie Brisbois and Dan Moeller led the way for the men. Zane raced to 1st place in the 10,000 meters in 33:24.45, while Dan Moeller finished 4th. Brisbois place high in the 3,000 steeplechase in 11:28.72. Altogether, the men finished fifth overall in team standings.
Rose Tepper set the bar high for the women’s side and grabbed 3rd place in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 0.25 inches. Also posting a top finish for the women was Sam Luebke, who took 4th in the 200 meters. The Lawrence women took 7th overall in the competition.
When speaking to Tepper about the UW-Oshkosh competition, she said, “The meet at Oshkosh shined a light on the spirit of our team. I’m happy to be part of a team that truly cares about every one of its teammates. Our team stood out on the field in the pouring rain cheering until the last of our teammates finished his last race.”
The Vikings will look to place high in their next meet Saturday, April 30 at the UW-Whitewater Invitational. As of now, forecasts show 70 percent chance of precipitation — however, rain does not seem to affect the speed, strength and mental toughness of the LU track and field members!