Lions to start season today at Tonganoxie Quad
The Lansing High cross country team opens its season at 4 p.m. today at the Tonganoxie Quadrangular at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, but the Lions won't be at full strength.
No, injuries haven't ravaged the young squad. Instead, LHS coach Errol Logue is holding out some of his runners so they can compete later this season at the Rim Rock Farm Invitational in Lawrence.
Today's meet is a small one, so Logue wants to use it as an introductory race for some of his novice runners.
"It'll give them a chance to get in a small meet before we start going full-time," Logue said. "It's a good, tough course that gives them an introduction to it. The course at Girard (on Sept. 7) won't be as tough, so this will give them some good experience."
Logue said he plans to hold out senior Lori Flippo and freshmen Lauren Jaqua and Abbey Lozenski from the girls team. He also plans to hold out his top six boys for Rim Rock.
"I would've had them all run this one and held them out of a meet the week of Rim Rock (Sept. 30), but that's the week of our home meet (Sept. 28), and I want them all running there," Logue said. "They'll just have to double up that week."
Although some freshmen won't run today, Logue said he will take them to the meet to watch.