Radovich has record-setting day at first meet of season
Sittenauer shines for LHS boys
Wellsville With a roster loaded with freshmen and sophomores, Lansing High track coach Errol Logue knew the Lions would take some lumps during their first few meets of the season.
Leave it to a senior to make sure LHS didn't leave its first meet of the year with a few moments for the highlight reel, though.
Senior Amanda Radovich kicked off the Baldwin Invitational - which relocated to Wellsville High School this year because Baldwin's track is under renovation - in electrifying fashion.
Radovich came into the season with two goals in mind. The first was to break the school record in the javelin. The second was to return to the medal stand at the state meet in late May.
Radovich needed just three throws to annihilate that first goal. Entering the season with a career best throw of 126 feet, Radovich threw 117 feet, six inches on her first throw. She then set a new personal best with a toss of 127-4. On the third she set a new career record when she unleashed a throw of 139-5.
"When you put everything together that one time, you get a beautiful result," Logue said of Radovich's record-setting performance.
Radovich's throw broke Ashley Reider's school record of 131-4. It also broke Reider's meet record of 130-3 that was set in 2004.
Logue said he was most pleased that Radovich was consistent with her distances Friday.
"The 127 is as important to me as the 140 because it shows that she's throwing well and she's consistent," he said.
Three more Lions and a relay team also scored points for the Lions.
Senior Keele McLaurin placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 88-8. Junior Erin Rogers was fifth in the pole vault with a jump of 8-0. Junior Jessi Delinger also earned points for LHS when she placed seventh in the javelin with a throw of 98-11. The girls' 4X800-meter relay team also scored points for Lansing when it placed fifth in 12:17.05.
Eudora was the overall girls' champion with 114 points. Lansing placed 11th with 19.5 points.
Although no school records fell on the boys' side, the Lions had their share of strong performances. The top all-around effort came from Matt Sittenauer. The sophomore sprinter and jumper placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-3 1/2 and was seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.36. He also ran a leg of the 4X100-meter relay that placed fifth in 45.92.
Sophomore Will Johnson had a standout day in the jumps as he placed fourth in the high jump by clearing 5-8. He also was seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 37-7 3/4.
Sophomore Nick Kelloff placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.10. Junior Kyle Buehler was fifth in the pole vault after clearing 9-6. Senior Kyle Koontz was sixth in the triple jump in 38-7. The 4X800-meter relay placed fifth in 9:28.23.
"We're just so young everywhere," Logue said. "They're a fun bunch to work with because of their attitude, but we've got to get some people in the right places."
The Baldwin boys ran away with the team title as they scored 145 points. Lansing tied for eighth with 22 points.
The Lions return to the track at 4 p.m. Tuesday when they compete at the Lansing Invitational.
To read more about Amanda Radovich's record-setting day, pick up the April 6 edition of The Current.