Girls cross country second at Girard
Manago paces Lions with second-place finish; Eustice is fourth
The Lansing High cross country team traveled 2 1/2 hours to attend the Girard Invitational on Thursday, but the long van trip didn't keep the Lions from turning in fast times.
The LHS girls placed second in the team standings with 58 points, just seven behind host school Girard, which is coached by LHS coach Errol Logue's son, Matt Logue.
Junior Bianca Manago led the Lions as she blazed the two-mile course in 13:16 and placed second overall. Girard's Anna Yost, one of the top runners in the state, was first in 12:07. LHS senior Erin Eustice placed fourth in 13:43. Senior Ashley Mayes was 10th in 14:20, Briana Zak was 19th in 16:39 and Elizabeth Parks placed 24th in 17:43.
The Lansing boys didn't field a full varsity squad, but the two who competed in the five-kilometer varsity race turned in impressive performances. Sophomore Griffin Davis paced LHS as he placed 14th in 19:04. Sophomore Jim Mayes was 19th in 19:43.
In the girls' junior varsity race, junior transfer Lori Flippo placed first with a time of 14:57. Her time would have placed 14th in the varsity race. Two Lansing boys competed in the JV race, and both placed in the top four. Freshman Wes Applegate ran the two-mile course in 12:29, while Trenton Dorf was fourth in 12:51.
The Lions next compete at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Bonner Springs Invitational at Wyandotte County Park.