Three Lions to compete Friday at Kansas Relays
When Lansing High students Tiffany Turner, Amanda Radovich and Sara Eustice flip through the Kansas Relays track meet program, they'll find their names listed alongside some of the most talented athletes in the world.
Thirty-two Olympians - including gold medalists Maurice Greene and Marion Jones - are scheduled to compete at the University of Kansas' Memorial Stadium in Lawrence in the Relays' Gold Zone events. Leavenworth native and two-time Olympian Melvin Lister also will compete.
Olympic and world champions are scheduled to compete in the Gold Zone events on Saturday, but the top prep athletes in the Midwest will compete against each other beginning Friday.
"It's an honor just to qualify to compete at the KU Relays," LHS track coach Errol Logue said. "It's an honor to qualify to be there because that's the elite of the whole Midwest."
The elite of Lansing will compete in field events Friday. Turner will throw the shot put at 8 a.m., Radovich will compete in the javelin at 11 a.m., and Eustice is slated to pole vault at 5 p.m.
Radovich is a first-time competitor at the Relays, while Turner and Eustice were there last year. Eustice placed 14th in pole vault, and Turner was 29th in shot put. Logue said he anticipated better showings this year.
"All three girls are midway through the pack," Logue said, referring to how their entry marks stack up with the competition. "It will take a really good effort for any of them to medal."
The top eight finishers in each event will medal this year, so Eustice is a likely candidate to bring home some hardware. Radovich could too, Logue said, if she is able to uncork a throw similar to the 126-foot tosses she had at the end of the 2004 season.
The three hope to join high jumper Dean Herzog from the early 1970s and Matt Logue, the coach's son, in the 3,200 meters 1989 as Lansing's only KU Relays individual champions.