Young runners shine at Lansing Invitational
McCurry places second for JV boys; Flippo wins again
The Lansing High cross country team may be small in numbers, but LHS coach Errol Logue doesn't want his team to be small in toughness.
So far this season, Logue has been pleased with the work ethic of his younger runners, but he was concerned that they weren't tough enough in races and weren't pushing themselves hard enough.
On Thursday at the Lansing Invitational, the young Lions put a smile on their coach's face as most of them set personal records.
"They competed better, and that's what I want," Logue said. "They got out and ran. Instead of just sitting there scared to death, they got out and ran a little bit tonight, so I'm pleased."
Freshman Matt McCurry led the way for Lansing's younger runners as he placed second in the junior varsity boys' race in a personal-record 19:43.
"He's a better runner than what he's been showing, and today he got out and ran," Logue said. "That's what he should do, get out and challenge a little bit."
Freshman Wes Appleget was 10th in 20:36. Trenton Dorf placed 12th in 20:37. A.J. Glowacki was 19th in 21:52 and Michael Hornick placed 26th in 22:33.
In the junior varsity girls' race, junior Lori Flippo won her third title of the year as she placed first in 14:41, just nine seconds shy of a career best. Briana Zak was 22nd in 16:52 and Elizabeth Parks placed 29th in 17:24.
In the varsity girls' race, three Lansing runners placed in the top 15. Junior Bianca Manago led the way with a seventh-place finish in 13:27. Senior Erin Eustice placed 10th in 13:35 and senior Ashley Mayes was 13th in 13:49. Chelsey Coen of Ottawa placed first in 13:08.
"It was nice to have all three of them medal, because they work hard and they deserve to medal," Logue said.
In the varsity boys' race, Miles Aseeinger of Spring Hill blazed the course and placed first in 16:22. Aseeinger placed sixth at state last year. Lansing's top runner, sophomore Griffin Davis, placed 23rd in 18:48 - just one second off his personal record.
"You do it once, but it's nice when you can be in there and be that consistent," Logue said of Davis' times.
Sophomore Jim Mayes placed 36th in 19:31, senior Stewart Jones was 41st in 19:54 and senior Jason Gibson placed 52nd in 22:07.
The Lions next race at 4 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Ridge. It will be their final tune-up before the Kaw Valley League meet.