Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Eustice, Mayes, Deere lead LHS girls at Lansing Invitational

April 6, 2006

The tables were turned on Tuesday night for Ashley Mayes.

Mayes, a Lansing High senior distance runner, cruised to a first-place finish in the 3,200-meter run at the Lansing Invitational track meet in 14 minutes, 4 seconds. The time was a personal best, and it came just four days after she'd been blown away by the field at the Baldwin Invitational.

Mayes said the tougher competition Friday made her tougher. That toughness shined through as she ran 42 seconds faster at the home meet.

"That felt great," a smiling Mayes said after her race. "I think I've gotten quite a lot stronger mentally. I'm just focusing a lot more, and it's helping me run faster."

Mayes wasn't the lone standout for the LHS girls. Fellow senior Erin Eustice turned in arguably the most exciting finish of the day when she won the 1,600-meter run by less than one second in a photo finish.

Although the seniors expected to perform well at the home meet, junior Riann Deere wasn't sure how she'd do in the sprints. A 100-meter champion at the Lansing Invitational her freshman year, Deere missed last season with a back injury. She didn't appear to have lost a step. Although she placed third in the 100, she smoked the field down the home stretch in the 200-meter dash and cruised to a first-place finish in 28.67.

"It just feels amazing," Deere said of what it meant to be back on the track. "I just go home from practice and feel like I accomplished something. That last race was just amazing. I haven't felt like that in a really long time."

Four other Lions earned individual medals Tuesday. Junior Erin Rogers placed second in the pole vault. Senior Amanda Radovich placed third in the javelin. Freshman Michelle Collins placed third in the 300-meter low hurdles. Senior Samantha Parr finished third in the 400-meter dash.

The 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relay teams also medaled. Both squads placed second.

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