Archive for Thursday, September 22, 2005

Davis notches personal-best time at Tongie

Flippo fourth in JV girls race

September 22, 2005

— Moments before his race began Thursday at the Tonganoxie Invitational, Lansing High sophomore Griffin Davis walked up to coach Errol Logue and said bluntly, "I'm going to get a PR today."

Logue, impressed by the young runner's desire to set a new personal record for a five-kilometer race, responded, "I like the way you think."

By the end of the meet, Logue didn't just like the way Davis thought. He also liked the way Davis raced.

Davis found himself a spot in the leaders' pack right away and then battled tough the rest of the way. At the two-mile marker he owned a spot in the top 30. He then moved up a place and held it for the final half mile. Davis finished the varsity boys' race in 29th place in a personal-best time of 18:47 - beating his previous best time of 19:04 by 17 seconds.

Davis was thrilled with his time, but he also was pleased to be taking home a medal.

"They give the top 30 medals, and all of the coaches kept telling me, 'You're in 29th. You're in 27th.' I was pushing so hard because I didn't want to get 31st. I medaled and I PR'd."

Earlier this season, LHS coach Errol Logue had said he was waiting to see Davis learn to compete. On Saturday at the Rim Rock Farm Invitational in Lawrence and again Thursday at Tonganoxie, Davis showed some guts.

"He's just coming along," Logue said. "He's still got a lot of strength to gain. He's just tall and gangly and he doesn't have the strength that he'll have in a few years, but he's beginning to learn how to run. That's the important thing."

Davis said he knew he'd pushed himself to the limit at Tongie because he didn't have any energy left over after the race.

"When I got done, that was the first time I've ever been so dizzy," Davis said. "I've hurt before after I ran, but when I was done I was so dizzy. I really felt it."

Logue said that's a sign that Davis is maturing as a runner. He still needs to get stronger, but he's improving steadily. It's just a matter of time, his coach said, before Davis becomes an impact runner in the area.

"He's going to be a kid that, when he's a senior, people are going to be asking me 'Is he a move-in?'" Logue said. "I've had that happen before, because he's going to be a factor."

Senior Stewart Jones ran the 5K in 20:27 and senior Jason Gibson completed the varsity race in 22:10.

In the JV boys' race, sophomore Jim Mayes led the way as he placed 15th in 20:14. Freshman Matt McCurry was 16th in 20:14 as well. Freshman Wes Applegate covered the course in 21:18. Also running were A.J. Glowacki (22:40), Trenton Dorf (22:58) and Michael Hornick (23:35).

In the varsity girls' two-mile race, junior Bianca Manago was plagued by asthma but still was Lansing's top finisher in 13:53. Senior Ashley Mayes was five seconds behind her, and senior Erin Eustice finished in 14:43. None of the Lions medaled.

In the JV girls' race, junior Lori Flippo set a personal-best by almost 30 seconds as she placed fourth in 14:32. Her time would have made her the No. 3 varsity runner for LHS if transfer rules didn't permit her from competing in varsity races this fall. Flippo's fourth-place finish marked her fourth top-four appearance of the season. Sophomore Elizabeth Parks also ran in the JV race, finishing in 19:39.

The Lions next compete at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Lansing Invitational at the University of St. Mary.

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