Indoor track faces tough competition at UW-Stevens Point

Beth Larsen

The Lawrence University indoor track team traveled to UW-Stevens Point to compete in the Eastbay Invitational last Saturday, Feb. 20. Their competition included six teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation, including UW-Oshkosh and UW-Stevens Point, currently ranked first and second in the nation for men’s indoor track.
The female jumpers led the Vikings, with the high jumpers scoring all of the points for the women’s team. Senior Madeline Steininger took third place in the high jump with a jump of 1.62 meters, scoring six of the women’s eight points, and freshman Rose Tepper placed seventh in the high jump with a jump of 1.52 meters, picking up the final two points for the women, who finished in 11th place out of 12 teams.
Steininger also took tenth in the long jump with a jump of 4.92 meters.
The men’s performance was highlighted by the distance medley relay.
The relay, run by seniors Mark Sprtel and Matt Frelich, sophomore Sam Estrem, and freshman Sam Stevens, took eighth place with a time of 10:39.83 and beat the previous school record of 10:44.91, scoring the only point for the men’s team, who finished in last place.
Other notable finishes for the men’s team include Tom Coben and Daniel Moeller, who took 10th and 11th in the men’s 5000-meter run with times of 17:10.02 and 17:40.73, respectively.
The Lawrence indoor track team returns to action next Friday and Saturday, when the Vikings will compete in the Midwest Conference Championships at Knox College.