Lions solid during busy week
Watson’s big throw narrowly misses school record
The midpoint of track season always makes Lansing High track coach Errol Logue smile because that's when he can make his first major gauge of just how much his athletes are improving.
This season, he said, he has been very pleased.
The Lions may be young, but Logue said they are setting personal records at a rapid-fire pace.
"We are so young," Logue said, "and we've got a number of kids that aren't showing up on the score book, but they're just making so much progress."
Lansing competed Tuesday at the Platte County Invitational.
Junior Jeff Slater led the boys' squad with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash. Freshman Mike Griffin was fourth in the 100-meter dash.
Freshman Takeisha Jenkins highlighted the girls' side as she placed first in the 200-meter dash and the 100 hurdles. The 400-meter relay team was second, and senior Laura Abramovitz was fifth in the 100. Senior Sara Eustice won the pole vault with an 8-foot-6 jump and senior Tiffany Turner finished third in the shot put with a toss of 35-11.
The Lions were in action at two other meets late last week. On Thursday they traveled to Louisburg. Then, on Friday, three Lions went to the Kansas Relays in Lawrence.
Turner came less than an inch from tying her school-record in the shot put at Louisburg when she won the event with a throw of 36-11. Junior Amanda Radovich won the javelin with a toss of 108-0.
Jenkins pulled off a three-event sweep at Louisburg as she won the 200-meter dash, 100-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles. Jenkins also earned a third-place medal along with Abramovitz, Natalie Groves and Eustice in the 400-meter relay.
Eustice placed third in the pole vault, Keele McLauren was fourth in the discus and Kara Ritchey was fourth in the 800-meter run at Louisburg.
On the boys' side, the 400-meter relay team (Griffin, Lance Fink, Slater, E.J. Corinealdi) placed fourth. Slater was third in the 400-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash. Senior Neal Watson placed second in the javelin (149-8), Will Johnson was sixth in the triple jump and senior Ethan Nalker was sixth in the 300 hurdles.
Of all the boys' performances at Louisburg, Logue said Watson's throw in the javelin pleased him the most. The senior has been with the track team for four years and always has been a hard worker, Logue said.
"He's just a great kid, but he's never had a lot of success and he's been kind of inconsistent, but this was a great meet for him and I was real happy for him," Logue said. "He needs to stay out there at 150 feet and try to build on it and get to 160, but that was the high point of our meet."
Turner and Eustice and Radovich tested their skills among the state's best on Friday at the Kansas Relays. None returned home with a medal, but Eustice said her goal was preparing for state.
"It's a lot like state because of the stadium and all of the people and the top athletes that compete here," Eustice said.
The Lions will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Gardner-Edgerton.