Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2005

Four Lions are KVL champions

Eustice, Jenkins, Turner, Slater earn individual titles at league meet

May 12, 2005

— For a little while Wednesday it looked like thunderstorms were going to force the Kaw Valley League track meet to be postponed.

The rain blew over after a 45-minute delay and the meet resumed. It was a good thing, too, because the calm evening that followed gave way to plenty of strong performances by the Lions at Mill Valley High School.

The LHS girls captured four individual league titles. Two of those came from freshman Takeisha Jenkins who won the 100-meter hurdles (16.34 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (47.90 seconds). Jenkins also added a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a third-place finish in the 400-meter relay.

Other girls' league champions were senior Tiffany Turner in the shot put and senior Sara Eustice in the pole vault. Turner's winning throw of 37-11 ½ was good for another school record. Meanwhile, Eustice's winning vault of 9-foot-6 was her best of the season. Eustice also joined Jenkins on the 400-meter relay team, as did Laura Abramovitz and Natalie Groves.

Junior Amanda Radovich was the only other girls' medalist as she placed second in the javelin with a throw of 117-8.

Junior Jeff Slater was the lone boys' champion as he won the KVL title in the 400-meter dash in 52.8 seconds. Slater also added second-place finishes in the 100-meter dash (11.24 seconds) and 200-meter dash (23.02 seconds).

Slater may have brought home the most medals among the LHS boys, but senior Ethan Nalker joined him in the multiple-medal club. Nalker posted a pair of personal records as he placed second in the 300-meter hurdles (44.02 seconds) and third in the 110-meter hurdles (16.93 seconds).

Senior Neal Watson placed second in the javelin with his best throw of the season (156-3). Meanwhile, the Lions placed three in the pole vault as Zach Bell (10-0) was third, Kyle Buehler (10-0) was fourth and Jerrod McLauren (9-6) was fifth. Todd Moore added a fifth-place finish in the triple jump (37-11 ½) and Aaron Sorrell was sixth in the 1,600-meters (5:08.03). The 400-meter relay team (Lance Fink, Slater, E.J. Corinealdi, Mike Griffin) was fifth in 45.43 seconds.

For expanded coverage from the Kaw Valley League meet, including stories on seniors Ethan Nalker and Sara Eustice, check out the sports section of lansingcurrent.com.

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