The Lawrence University Track and Field team had another good weekend at the St. Norbert College Quadrangular. Our track and field team displayed great teamwork this weekend. In total, the Lawrence University Vikings picked up four third-place finishes in relays this weekend. The 4×100 women’s relay team placed third with a finishing time of 53.78 seconds, and the 4×400 women’s relay team also placed third with a time of 4:26.70. The men’s relay teams proved that they would not be outdone and they also picked up a pair of third-place finishes in the relays. The 4×100 men’s relay team hustled to a third-place finish with a time of 44.69 seconds. The 4×400 men’s relay team also finished third with a time of 3:38.47.
The Lawrence University Track and Field team also had some notable individual performances. Sophomores Mikaela Hintz and Hallie Sogin both had second-place finishes for the Vikings in their respective races. Hintz placed second in the 400 meters with a time of 1:01.79. Sogin ran and jumped her way to second place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.68. Sophomore Will Nichols was the top individual finisher for the Vikings on the men’s side with a fourth-place finish in the 100 meters with a time of 11.23 seconds. Senior Kate Kilgus picked up a fifth-place finish in the 800 in 2:31.52, and Freshman Nora Robinson was fifth in the 100 with a time of 13.51. Senior Janey Degnan placed sixth in the 400 with a time of 1:04.90.
The biggest story for the Lawrence University Track and Field team was produced by track star, junior Josh Janusiak. Every time this kid races he gets faster. Janusiak once again beat his own record in the 10,000 meters on Friday at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays. Josh finished second in the event with a time of 30:17.00. His previous record in the 10,000 meters was 30:58.96, which he set at the same meet last year. Josh placed second behind Michigan State’s Joe Riordan, who won the event in 30:09.14.
Here is what Josh Janusiak had to say about his race at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays this past Friday: “The weather was wonderful during my race, but there was a lot of wind earlier in the day and a rainstorm later that night, so I was very lucky to be able to race during the only hour of calm weather of the night. I really enjoyed racing under the lights again, and they even played music for the 10k runners because the race is so long. I didn’t feel wonderful during this race, but I somehow held it together until the last couple miles, where I slowed down a little bit, but luckily it didn’t have too big of a negative impact on my race. Actually, my time looks like it’s good enough to qualify me for the National Meet in La Crosse, Wis. this year, which is very exciting since that was my goal going into this race! I think one large part of what keeps me motivated is that I want to inspire people to do things that make them feel like they’re living their best life, which for me is running. Running is a funny sport because I didn’t really have any good reason for taking it up as a hobby or lifestyle, but as I kept doing it, I realized that it was the source of a lot of beneficial things for me. I found myself engaged in more strong relationships with cool people, I developed more self-confidence, I was able to connect with nature in a new way, and it literally changed the way I saw the world – it was an outlet and a lifestyle. I think I just trust the process and know that if I put my best effort out there for the world to see, good things will happen.”