This last weekend had temperatures blazing in the mid to upper nineties, but our cross-country team still traveled to the Saukie golf course for the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational. Due to the extreme heat the distance runs were shortened a bit, but in that weather it wasn’t any easier. And yet, the Vikings still managed to come away with amazing wins!
For the women, junior Hannah Kinzer won seventh place in the 5,000 meter with a great time of 19:36.7, close behind Benedictine University’s Emma Roberts who won in 18:51.3. Senior Margaret Huck took 40th in 20:34.3, senior Erin Schrobilgen came in a close 50th in 20:53.6, and freshman Alex Chand and junior Molly Doruska finished up this terrific run with times of 21:41.6 for 82nd place and 22:07.5 for 95th place.
Overall the women did very well, taking ninth place with 274 points, while UW-Stevens Point took the title with 76 points, out of the 17 teams.
The men also proved to be fierce competition with their star runner and junior Josh Janusiak winning his second individual title of the season! He won his last title at the Ken Weidt Classic at Concordia University. Janusiak covered the four mile course in 20:19.3, pulling in over a five second gap on Shane Witters Hicks of Principia College.
Sophomore Joe Kortenhof came in 23rd with 21:11.0, and Ben Schaefer got 72nd in 22:10.7. Freshman Cullen Allard was close behind at 79th with a time of 22:16.8, and freshman Ty Heuer came in at 103rd in 24:01.5.
The men came away in 12th place at 278 points, and Olivet Nazarene University took the title with 95 points out of the 16 teams there. Janusiak said of the meet, “The cross country meet this past Friday went surprisingly well for Lawrence, especially since the races were run in 93 degree heat. There were impressive performances across the board, and the rest of the season looks promising!”
Make sure to come see some more impressive performances from the cross-country team coming up on Oct. 7 here in Appleton at the Gene Davis Invitational.