Young Lions open season today at Tonganoxie
THS meet is good first test
The Lansing High School cross country team will get its first test of the season at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, at the Tonganoxie Quadrangular.
The Lions have opened each season at Tongie during coach Errol Logue's 37 years at the helm of the program, and the meet has underwent multiple changes over the years. For one, it began as an LHS-THS dual before eventually expanding to four teams when Basehor-Linwood and Kansas City Christian asked to join the field.
"It's good for our newcomers because they don't get overwhelmed by a big meet, because most of my kids haven't run a cross country race before," Logue said.
This year, the meet will undergo another change - it will have a new venue. The race course no longer will cover the THS campus. Instead, it will move to the fairgrounds.
The new course will have fewer hills, Logue said, and should provide a less intimidating course for the newer runners to conquer.
"Everything there is pretty flat," Logue said of the new course.
Logue said he is excited to see what his squad can do in its first meet of the year. He said sophomore Griffin Davis has been impressive during early workouts and should be the top runner for the boys. Junior Bianca Manago also has looked strong so far and should again be the girls' top runner. Logue also is looking for good performances from senior Ashley Mayes and sophomore Elizabeth Parks. Senior Erin Eustice has been recovering from a minor leg injury but also could be one of Lansing's top runners.
Logue said he wouldn't be surprised if numerous other runners turned in strong performances, too, because he had seen a lot of progress during the first two weeks of practice.
"They're working awful hard," Logue said of his squad. "We're awful young and inexperienced, but they've worked as hard as any group I've ever had. Especially for having so many kids who haven't run before."
During the first week of practice, Logue was excited about the solid future for his boys team because four freshmen - Trenton Dorf, A.J. Glowacki, Michael Homick and Matt McCurry - were making positive strides. The new class added a fifth member late last week when freshman Wes Applegate joined the team.