Three LHS runners qualify for 5A State
The daunting cross country course at Shawnee Mission Park proved to be too much for most of Lansing High's distance runners to conquer Saturday afternoon at the Class 5A regional meet.
Lansing's boys didn't qualify any runners for the state meet, but three LHS girls will run in the state championships.
Junior Erin Eustice, sophomore Bianca Manago and freshman Rachel Pride all will represent Lansing at state this Saturday at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence.
Manago was Lansing's top runner and finished 14th overall in 13:33 after earning a third place finish last week at the Kaw Valley League meet.
Eustice followed close behind Manago most of the way and placed 15th. Pride was six slots back in 21st just enough to squeak into state.
Rules state that in addition to the top four teams qualifying for state, the top 15 overall finishers and the next five runners not on a state qualifying team also advance. Pride was the final runner to advance.
Eustice, Manago and Pride will race at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Lions narrowly missed advancing to state as a full squad. They were fifth in the team standings. The top four teams Bishop Miege, Blue Valley West, Mill Valley and Blue Valley all advanced.
Jerrad Willis led the Lansing boys with a 36th place finish.