Sports Shorts

Andy York

Vikes run to second, third at Ripon Invitational

The LU men’s cross country team took home second place and the women took home third at the Ripon Invitational last weekend. The men were paced by David Quinlan, who took sixth place overall. Paul Schonfeld took home seventh place and Kyle Hewitt took eighth.

Rachel Lucas led the women. She took third overall. Joy Manweiler took 12th, and Michele Uthmeier took 13th for LU. The cross country teams are next in action at Beloit this weekend.

LU tennis sweeps Lakeland

The Lawrence University women’s tennis team swept away Lakeland College this past Tuesday in Appleton.

The Vikings won every single point in route to a 9-0 victory. The Vikings only dropped a single set in their victory. This comes on the heels of a 9-0 loss to St. Norbert, and a 6-3 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran. The Vikings are now 9-6 on the year, and are next in action next weekend at the Midwest Conference Championships.

LU men’s golf team takes second

The Lawrence University men’s golf team took home second place at the Clarke College Invitational last weekend in Iowa.

The Vikings finished behind only Central College, in Iowa. Joe Loehnis was the best LU golfer on the weekend finishing in 11th place, 16 shots off the lead. Ryan Knox and Matt Orth finished in 13th and 14th place respectively. This was the golf team’s final event of the fall season.

LU men’s basketball ranked fifth in nation in preseason poll

The Lawrence University men’s basketball team has high expectations to meet after Street & Smith’s ranked them fifth nationally in their preseason poll.

The Vikings made it to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight last season, losing by one point in overtime to eventual national champion UW-Stevens Point. The Pointers are ranked number one coming into this upcoming season.

Junior Chris Braier is also making noise, as he was on Street & Smith’s second team preseason all-American list. Braier was the Midwest Conference Player of the Year last year and averaged 15 points and 13.4 rebounds a game for the Vikings.

LU will open its 2004-05 season in style, taking on UW-Milwaukee, a Division I school, on Nov. 10. It will be the first time the Vikings will have played a Division I school.

Look for season previews of all winter sports teams in the next few issues of The Lawrentian.