Indoor track faces tough competition at Pointer Invitational

Beth Larsen

The Lawrence University indoor track team traveled to Stevens Point last Saturday, Feb. 6, to compete in the Pointer Invitational.
The Vikings competed against 16 other teams, including UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater, whose teams are currently ranked fourth and 17th in the nation respectively.
Once again, the female jumpers had an outstanding meet. Senior Madeline Steininger took sixth place in the high jump with a jump of 1.57 meters and 12th in the long jump with a jump of 4.68 meters. Freshman Rose Tepper took another top-ten spot for the Vikings, finishing in 10th place in the high jump with a jump of 1.47 meters.
Sophomore Emily Muhs placed 14th out of 30 participants in the 5000-meter run with a time of 19:19.78, barely half of a second behind Stevens Point’s Sandy Hause.
For the men’s team, freshman Sam Stevens took 13th out of 43 in the mile run with a time of 4:29.55. Other quality finishes included those by senior Lucas Below, who took eighth place in the pole vault after clearing a height of 3.70 meters, and junior David Zane, who took twelfth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:25.32.
Freshman Mason Cannon remains excited about the season, noting, “We have proved that we can compete against some of the best teams in the nation, and we’re still getting better.”
The indoor track team will compete again at UW-Stevens Point – their third consecutive meet at that site – Saturday, Feb. 20 in the Eastbay Invitational.