LHS cross country to run at Pleasant Ridge
The Lansing High cross country team is entering the home stretch of its season.
The Lions will compete at 4 p.m. today at the Pleasant Ridge Invitational in Easton. The meet will serve as their final tuneup for next week's Kaw Valley League championships, so there is plenty at stake.
"We use it as the meet to select our varsity," LHS coach Errol Logue said, noting that the top seven runners make up a varsity squad. "The top seven times will be our varsity team for league, so that's important to the kids."
For most of the season Logue has moved his runners around between varsity and junior varsity races, depending on where they have the best chance to compete for medals. At the league meet, however, it's about competing for a team title so the seven fastest runners will be in the varsity race.
The seven fastest at league will make up the regional team. Those on the regional team will earn varsity letters for the season.
"I'm hoping all of it will encourage them to continue to run as well as they did last Thursday," Logue said.
By 'last Thursday,' Logue was referring to the Lansing Invitational, where most of his runners set personal-best times.
Freshman Matt McCurry made the biggest gains at the Lansing Invitational when he placed second in the junior varsity race in 19:43. Freshman Wes Appleget placed 10th in 20:36 and Trenton Dorf was 12th in 20:37.
In the varsity boys' race, sophomore Griffin Davis placed 23rd. His time of 18:48 was just one second off his all-time best. Sophomore Jim Mayes placed 36th in 19:31 and senior Stewart Jones was 41st in 19:54.
Junior Lori Flippo nearly matched her personal best as she won the junior varsity girls' race in 14:41. In the varsity girls' race, junior Bianca Manago paced the Lions with a time of 13:27, good enough for seventh place. Senior Erin Eustice placed 10th in 13:35 and senior Ashley Mayes was 13th in 13:49.