Sittenauer soars to title at home
Lansing High's boys track team is stacked with underclassmen, and Matt Sittenauer is one of them.
A sophomore, Sittenauer was a journeyman jumper during his first year at LHS. This year he has emerged as a go-to guy.
During his first meet of the season Friday at the Baldwin Invitational, Sittenauer placed fourth in the triple jump, seventh in the 200-meter dash and eighth in the long jump. He also ran a leg of the 400-meter relay that placed fifth.
On Tuesday at the Lansing Invitational, Sittenauer upped his performance another notch by placing first in the long jump with a personal best leap of 19 feet, 5 inches. He also placed fourth in the 200-meter dash, sixth in the triple jump and helped the 400-meter relay team to a second-place finish.
"Sittenauer was one of those freshmen that had promise and now is showing up as a sophomore," LHS coach Errol Logue said. "He's smart as a whip, and he's coachable. He's a kid you want to build around."
Sittenauer said he has enjoyed experiencing a little bit of success early in the season, but he has greater goals in mind.
"My biggest goal is to get over 20 feet in the long jump, 40 feet in the triple jump and under 23 seconds in the 200," he said. "I'd really like to go to state this year."
Sittenauer wasn't the only Lion to turn in a strong outing at the Lansing Invitational. Junior Kyle Buehler placed third in the pole vault. Senior Brian Cordes was third in the javelin. Junior Dan Eyerly was third in the shot put. Sophomore Griffin Davis set a personal best time of 5:08 as he placed second in the 1,600-meter run. He also was third in the 3,200-meter run. Sophomore Nick Kelloff placed second in the 300-meter hurdles. The 3,200-meter relay team placed second and the 1,600-meter relay team was third.
Senior E.J. Corinealdi was another standout performer as he placed second in the 100-meter dash, third in the 200-meter dash and anchored the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams.