Track season begins; three Vikes nationally ranked

Lawrence’s Indoor Track team competed in a dual meet at UW-Oshkosh to open their indoor season. While there were many standout performances by Lawrence athletes, it was a tough meet to start the season.

The women had some good runs. Sophomore Molly Doruska placed second in the 3,000 meter, with a time of 11:58.83. Senior Amy Hutchings took third in the 800 meter in 2:43.75. Freshman Hallie Sogin was third in the 60 meter hurdles, with a time of 11.39. Overall, the Oshkosh women’s team won 105-28, though Lawrence still has the entire season to become better and make a come-back! Despite the outcome, Freshman pole vaulter Jojo Maier offered a positive outlook, saying that “we are all excited for our future meets when we will have had a little more training under our belts.”

The men also had a strong showing. The team put up wins: sophomore Josh Janusiak in the 3,000 meter, and freshman Noah Sheah in the triple jump. Janusiak won the 3,000 in 8:51.59, barely edging out teammate Joe Kortenhof, who placed second with a time of 8.51.63. Shea won the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet and 10 and a half inches, besting second by more than 2 feet! Freshman Gabe Baker placed second in the shot put, and senior Jackson Straughn took third in both the shot put and the weight throw. The Lawrence men’s team did well, and though the Oshkosh team came in on top with a score of 97-42, they still had two wins and a lot of strong team players.

Of the meet, Maier said that “For our first meet it was very laid back as it was only us versus the team from Oshkosh. One of our main highlights of the meet was that three of our team members are now ranked in the top 25 in the nation for their events!” At the time of the meet, Janusiak was ranked 17th in the nation in the 3,000 meter. Kortenhof was ranked 18th in the same event. Shea was ranked 25th nationally in the triple jump. As of January 18, Janusiak and Kortenhof have fallen to 28th and 29th respectively. Shea has fallen to 36th.

Make sure to check out the team at their next meet (and after a little more practice) on January 25 at the UW-Platteville invite!