Live from Class 5A regional track
Topeka Three weeks ago Tiffany Turner set her goal of throwing the shot put 38 feet at the state track meet.
Turner almost beat her deadline last week at the Kaw Valley League meet when she threw 37-11 1/2. She didn't quite match that distance Friday at the Class 5A regional meet, but her throw of 36-8 1/2 was good enough for first place. The top-four finish guaranteed her a trip to state and one last chance to throw 38 feet.
"I thought that I would have 38 today because I've been progressing at each meet," Turner said, "but it has been a while, about a week since our last meet, so I'd rather have (an off day) now than at state. I'll be ready for state now."
Turner was only Lansing's first state qualifier of the day, however. The Lions followed with a series of expected qualifiers, as well as a handful of surprises.
LHS swept the top three spots in the pole vault as Sara Eustice captured first place with a vault of 9-foot-6. Erin Rogers and Melissa Poe tied for second with 7-0.
Freshman Takeisha Jenkins placed second in the 100-meter hurdles, first in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 200-meter dash. The girls' 400-meter relay team of Natalie Groves, Jenkins, Eustice and Laura Abramovitz placed third in a season-best 51.12. The boys' 400-meter relay team of Mike Griffin, Lance Fink, Jeff Slater and E.J. Corinealdi also advanced to state by placing fourth with a season-best time of 44.4.
Junior Amanda Radovich won the javelin with a throw of 116-1, and senior Neal Watson advanced to state with a personal record toss of 161-4.
Slater placed fourth in the 200-meter dash in a personal-best time of 22.65 seconds and Kara Ritchey rounded out the state qualifiers as she placed fourth in the 800-meter run in a personal-record time of 2:37.5.
The state meet will take place May 27 and 28 at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.
For more on the Class 5A regional track meet, including more stories and photos, check out lansingcurrent.com on Sunday morning.
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