While everyone was resting this reading period, the Lawrence University track and field team put in work at the Viking Invitational at Whiting Field on Saturday, May 5. Our Vikings had one of their best performances last weekend. Men’s Track and Field finished second in the team standings with 129 points. Women’s Track and Field finished third in the team standings with 89 points. St. Norbert Men’s and Women’s Track and Field both finished first in the team standings. The men’s team finished with 224 points and the women’s team finished first with 324.5 points.
There were a lot of great individual performances and good team efforts this past weekend. As far as the relays were concerned, Lawrence’s track and field team had four top three finishes on Saturday. The women’s 4×100 relay team that consisted of freshman Nora Robinson, senior Fanita Robins, sophomore Mikaela Hintz and freshman Imani Duhe finished third with a time of 52.72 seconds. The men’s 4×100 relay team of Freshmen Ethan Simmons, Alex DuVall, sophomore Will Nichols and freshman Tom Goldberg also finished in third with a time of 44.67 seconds. The women’s 4×400 relay team of Hintz, freshman Alyssa Kuss, senior Janey Degnan and freshman Emily Hoeft finished second with a time of 4:15.86. Freshman Ethan Simmons, DuVall, sophomore Mik Patel and Nichols ran on the 4×400 relay team and they took first place in 3:31.41.
The Lady Vikings had seven top three finishes in individual events. Senior Kate Kilgus took third in the 800 meters in a time of 2:28.4. Also, Kuss finished in third in the 400 with a time of 1:05.65. Robinson, Hintz, senior Hannah Kinzer and sophomore Hallie Sogin all had second place finishes this past weekend. Robinson finished in second place in the 100 meters in 13.39 seconds. Hintz grabbed second in the 200 meters in 26.86 seconds. Kinzer raced to second in the 1,500 in 5:11.18. Sogin finished second in the 400 hurdles in 1:11.56. Finally, sophomore Christina Sedall led the Lawrence women’s team by blazing her way to a win in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 12:23.68.
The men’s team had eight top-two finishes in individual events at the Viking Invitational this past weekend. Patel took second place in the 800 in 2:01.60. Freshman Cullen Allard also was second in the 1,500 with a time of 4:15.70. Sophomore Gabe Baker ended the day with a pair of second-place finishes – one in the discus at 123-5 and another in the hammer throw at 109-4. Lawrence had a sweep in the 5,000 on Saturday. Junior Josh Janusiak finished in second with a time of 16:52.48 and junior Ben Schaefer won the event in 16:52.31.
This weekend, Will Nichols was the best runner for Lawrence University’s track and field team. He won both the triple jump and the 400 meters Saturday at the Viking Invitational. Nichols leaped to the top spot in the triple jump with a distance of 41 feet, 7 inches. Nichols also finished first in the 400 in 50.84 seconds. Nichols beat St. Norbert College’s Gregory Bernasek, who was second in 53.78 seconds.