The Lawrence University men’s and women’s cross-country teams finished their seasons a few weeks ago at the Midwest Conference Championships at Beloit College. The men had strong showings from their young runners all year long, especially from freshman Sam Stevens, whose best finish was fifth at the St. Norbert College Invitational Sept. 5. He ended up leading Vikings at the tournament, finishing 18th with a time of 28:18.77 in an 8-kilometer run. Also performing well this season was senior Mark Sprtel, who led the team at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational with a time of 26:45. As a team, the men took sixth at the conference championships, which was not good enough to qualify for the postseason. The team graduates two seniors this year: Sprtel and Dan Meinhardt. Next year the team will be led by a strong core of returning runners, with Stevens returning after earning all-conference honors as a freshman. The women’s team featured sophomore Emily Muhs, who led the team at most of the meets in which she competed. She also took home all-conference honors at the Midwest Conference Championships, finishing in 12th place with a time of 25:20.83. Also adding to the team’s success were freshmen Guerin Platte and Renee Kargleder, who led the team in Muhs’ absence at the Roy Griak Invitational at University of Minnesota Sept. 26 and at the Ripon College Invitational Oct. 10. At the conference championships, the team took home seventh place with Muhs and Platte in the lead. The women’s team graduates only one senior, Sarah Bruemmer, this year, so the team expects to improve on this year’s performance next year.