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.