weekend, Lawrence University’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field team
competed in the Titan Challenge held at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In a
race with competitors from schools such as University of Wisconsin-Stout,
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and
many others, the Vikings were able to have some standout performances and work
on their overall meet mentality.
the Titan Challenge, the team was not really focusing on setting personal
records. “Our team goals going into this meet were really just to refine our performances
and perfect our techniques before Conference this coming weekend,” said senior
Josh Janusiak. But as one does when perfecting techniques and working out the
kinks in a performance, many athletes were able to break personal records.
and field is one of the few sports where your personal improvement in an event
is what gives you the feeling of satisfaction more so than your actual placing
in the final event.
Feb. 16, Janusiak raced his way not only to first in the meet, but also to a
new school record in the 5000-meter run. This is the second school record he
has broken this month, and if the progress continues, he will continue to
improve upon his own times. Janusiak ran a time of 8:36.82, which was a whole
five seconds faster than the second-place runner from UW-Stout. Janusiak had
the top finish for the Vikings on Saturday. He beat his 2018 record of 8:40.31.
Janusiak’s win in the 5000-meter set the men’s team up for a ninth-place
finish, which is the best that either the men’s or the women’s team finished.
“It was really exciting to break the record again, especially because I’ve felt
a little mentally tired in the last couple races I’ve run,” commented Janusiak.
“I felt really fresh in this 3000-meter and I had more of a kick than I usually
do, so I’m very excited to see what another week’s rest can bring.”
women’s side of the meet, there were a few outstanding performances from a
couple of the athletes. First year Claire Schrier took ninth in the 800-meter
run with a time of 2:25.74, being only a second behind eighth place and being
in a duel with tenth place who ran a time of 2:25.95. The women’s 4×400-meter
relay, comprised of sophomore Emily Hoeft, Schrier, sophomore Alyssa Kuss and
junior Mikaela Hintz, took tenth place with a time of 4:20.81.
to the next meet, the Vikings will be competing in the Midwest Conference
Championship in Monmouth, Ill. Since it is now an extremely important time of
the season, the Vikings are more focused on winding down and staying healthy in
order to avoid any injuries before heading into the conference meet.
mostly just be tapering and running easier miles with very short, fast workouts
to get into peak shape without tiring ourselves out,” added Janusiak. “I think
we have a chance to place pretty well at conference since we have a team that
is strong in so many different areas.”
eyes set on the meet at Monmouth, the Vikings are still looking towards other
areas of competition within the Midwest Conference while also working to
finesse their own events once more, since they can continue to work on these
events as they head into the outdoor season, which will prove to be more
promising for practicing.
The team, due
to all of the snowy and icy conditions and the below zero temperatures, has
been forced to run some practices inside and on treadmills. “I’ve had good luck
with staying injury free this season, and although it’s been a challenge
running on treadmills all the time, most of us have still gotten a lot of miles
in,” said Janusiak. Hopefully the Wisconsin weather will be kinder to the team
and give them a forgiving outdoor season after this Conference meet.
With the meet
this weekend, the Vikings are looking to close out the season on a good note
with all of their performances finessed and as composed as can be. This is the
final chance for them to showcase all of the progress that they have made on
the indoor track before heading to the outdoor season. Hopefully their health
will stay up and injuries will be nonexistent by the time the meet rolls