Sports Shorts

Andy York

LU Triathlon to test Viking athletesThe Lawrence University Triathlon will be run next Saturday at 7 a.m. The triathlon will begin with a 400-yard swim in Lawrence’ swimming pool. Competitors will then run out of the pool area to the bottom of Union Hill, where they will change and grab their bike for a 13.6-mile bike ride through Appleton. They will return to the bottom of the hill for their last transition, and begin a 5-kilometer run around Alexander Gym and back to the finish line.

Individuals or teams of three are welcome to participate; there is no cost for LU students. Registration begins at 6:30 Saturday morning in the LU pool area. Athletes can register ahead of time be contacting Coach Kirner in the Rec Center, or signing up at the front desk. Go out and see if you have what it takes to finish one of the most grueling events sports has to offer.

Track finishes well at UW-Madison

The Viking men’s and women’s track teams had several individual standouts at the UW-Madison twilight meet this past weekend. The men were led by Kolade Agajbe-Willimas, who took third in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump. James Hahn took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles and Steve Geisthardt finished right behind him in fifth. Phil Keith continued his dominance of the 3000-meter steeplechase with a third place finish.

On the women’s side, Courtney Miller and Jess Moser took fifth and seventh place respectfully in the 800-meter run, and Michelle Milne took seventh in the 100-meter hurdles. The Vikings will be in action this weekend at Ripon for the MWC championships. Action will start Friday and continue into Saturday.

Vikes drive their way to third

The Lawrence University golf team was only one shot off the leaders after the first round of the MWC golf tournament this past weekend at the Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford, Ill. Unfortunately the second round was not to be, and for the third year in a row LU has come up just short of the team title. The Vikings finished in third place, 10 strokes behind Monmouth, which ended Knox’s string of team championships.

The Vikings also had their streak of individual champions ended. The Vikings had one top ten finisher, Andy Link, who took home fourth place to make the All-MWC team. Link finished 11 shots behind champion Ryan Meier of Knox. The Vikings had three of their golfers tie for 14th place. Jeff Henderson, Joe Loehnis, and Markus Specks all shot 165, 19 shots off the lead. Matt Orth came in 34th place for LU as well.

The Vikings will return everyone on their tournament roster next fall, and will look to improve and finally get over the hump to win the team MWC title next spring.