High jumpers lead Lawrence at MWC Championship

Jon Mays

The Lawrence University indoor track and field teams traveled to Jacksonville, Ill. to compete in the Midwest Conference Championships last weekend.
The highlight of the event for the Vikings was the performance of their two female high jumpers, Rose Tepper and Madeline Steininger. Tepper and Steininger finished first and second respectively in the high jump competition. The two jumpers had equal jumps of 5’3″.
Tepper and Steininger led the women’s team to a ninth-place finish with 18 points.
Tepper, a freshman, has her sights set on winning the event in each of her four years at Lawrence.
On the men’s side, Nick Kerkman paced the Vikings by placing in two events. He finished sixth in the hammer throw and seventh in the shot put with throws of 144’5″ and 43’2.5″ respectively.
Other notable finishers for the Vikings were Sam Stevens and David Zane. Stevens finished fifth in the 800-meter with a time of 1:57.19.
Zane, who has had a very successful season, finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:57.04. The men’s team scored 13 points and, like their female counterparts, finished ninth.
With only a small number of athletes participating, the indoor track team spent most of their meets this year near the bottom of the team standings. Next year they hope to bring in many more athletes to boost their overall scores.