Lawrence’s indoor track team hoped to finish the season on a strong note this past weekend when they traveled to Cornell College for the Midwest Conference Championships. The weekend was highlighted by school records set in both the 3000 meters and in the 60 meter hurdles.
Lawrence sophomore Cam Davies had the best individual finish when he took first in the 3000-meter event, finishing with a time of 8:46.71. That earned him the new school record, smashing the previous one of 8:50.83 set by Sam Stevens in 2012. Davies also blew away the rest of the competition, finishing nearly seven seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Junior Kyle Dockery also finished sixth in the event with a time of 9:10.26.
A second school record was set in the 60-meter hurdles by sophomore JP Ranumas. Ranumas finished second in the event with a time of 8.66 seconds, just beating the previous school record of 8.67, also set by Ranumas.
Other notable finishes on the men’s side came from the distance medley relay team, the 1600 relay team, and senior Jamie Brisbois. The medley relay team, consisting of seniors Dan Thoresen and Mike Mangian and sophomores Chris Fuelling and Tyler Herman, finished third with a time of 10:44.32. The 1600 relay team, composed of sophomores Herman, Mangian, Thoresen and sophomore JP Ranumas, finished fifth in 3:36.51. Brisbois took fourth place in the 5000 meters, covering the distance in 15:44.85.
The men’s team finished eighth out of 10 teams with a total of 44 points.
A top finisher for the women’s team was also the distance medley relay team, with members Katherine Dannecker, Kate Kilgus, Liza Girsova and Cora Williams. The team finished fourth in 13:20.90. The 1600 relay team of Girsova, Kilgus, Katie Barie and Anna Bolgrien took seventh in the event with a time of 4:23.90. The top individual runners were freshmen Kristen Bischel in the 5000 meters and Anna Bolgrien in the 800. Bischel finished seventh in 19:26.75 while Bolgrien also took seventh in 2:26.37
The women’s team finished ninth out of 10 teams with 14 points.
Monmouth College swept the Conference Championships with top finishes by both their men and women’s teams.