Indoor Track competes at Midwest Conference Championships

Beth Larsen

The Lawrence University
indoor track team traveled to
Knox College Feb. 26 and 27 to
compete in the 2010 Midwest
Conference Indoor Track & Field
Championships. The men and
women’s teams both took eighth
place out of nine teams with 22
and 16 points, respectively.
The female high jumpers
paced the Vikings with two
top-five finishes. Freshman Rose
Tepper tied Beloit College senior
Katie Schurr for second place with
a jump of 1.61 meters. Senior
Madeline Steininger also jumped
1.61 meters, though she took
fourth place, as she needed more
attempts to clear the bar at that
height than did Schurr or Tepper.
Sophomore Emily Muhs led
Lawrence’s distance runners with
two solid performances. Muhs
placed sixth in the 5000-meter run
with a time of 18:56.64 and ninth
in the 3000-meter run with a time
of 10:59.12.
Freshman Sam Stevens led the
men’s team, giving the Vikings
their only win of the championships.
Stevens took first in the
men’s mile run with a time of
4:24.84, almost one second ahead
of St. Norbert’s John Barrett. He
also finished fourth in the men’s
800-meter run with a time of
1:58.96.
Other notable accomplishments
for the men include a sixthplace
finish in the distance medley
relay with a time of 11:03.73 and
senior Lucas Below’s sixth-place
finish in the pole vault, clearing a
height of 3.75 meters. Junior David
Zane finished 10th in the 5000-
meter run with a time of 16:25.50.
Reflecting on the season, freshman
Mason Cannon noted, “As a
team we have come so far from
where we started, and we hope to
continue improving for next year.”
Throughout the season, the
Vikings indoor track team competed
against tough competition
and greatly improved their performance
as the season progressed.
With top finishers such as Muhs,
Stevens and Tepper returning for
at least two more years each, the
Vikings look poised to continue
that improvement next year.

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