Turner makes history at Gardner
Senior breaks own school record in shot put
Gardner The Lansing High track team's trip to the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational on Friday was a breakthrough day for the Lions in many ways - but none made a bigger impact than senior Tiffany Turner.
Turner, the Lions' school-record holder in the shot put, broke her own mark by three inches Friday when she unleashed a heave of 37-2 3/4. The throw earned her a first-place finish by nearly a foot and highlighted an all-around strong day for the Lions as they placed fourth overall in the team standings.
Senior Sara Eustice placed second in the pole vault with her first nine-foot jump of the year. Meanwhile, junior Amanda Radovich seemed to have worked out the kinks in her javelin approach as she placed second with a throw of 116-2. Freshman Takeisha Jenkins continued her dominance in the hurdles as she won both the 100 and 300 hurdles and also added a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Other strong finishes by the Lions came in the 400-meter relay as the LHS squad of Laura Abramovitz, Natalie Groves, Jenkins and Eustice cruised to a first-place finish, junior Erin Eustice placed sixth in the 1,600-meter run and Kara Ritchey placed fifth in the 800-meter run.
Although the boys' squad didn't break any school records on Friday, it still had an equally stellar day that was highlighted by two top-six individual finishes by junior Jeff Slater. Slater placed second in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 400. He later teamed with Mike Griffin, Lance Fink and E.J. Corinealdi for a third-place finish in the 400-meter relay.
Griffin played a major role in the relay team's success, but his greatest breakthrough came in the 100-meter dash where he placed second. His time of 11.33 seconds was one one-hundreth of a second ahead of the third-place finisher and, more importantly, inches Griffin closer to being a contender for a trip to the state meet.
Senior Neal Watson placed fifth in the javelin with a toss of 133-5, senior Ethan Nalker was sixth in the 100 hurdles and sophomore Kyle Buehler was sixth in the pole vault.
The Lions next compete at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tonganoxie Invitational.
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