1,600-meter relay teams shine at Piper Relays
Kansas City, Kan. A pair of wild 1,600-meter relays highlighted the Lansing High track team's showing Thursday at the Piper Relays.
The LHS boys and girls both placed third in the 1,600 relay, but it was the way specific individuals ran that was the cause for so much conversation.
First, in the girls' race, Lansing was running deep in fifth place when Samantha Parr received the baton to begin the third leg. Trailing the fourth-place runner by about 15 meters, Parr quickly closed the gap and passed Schlagle's runner. Then she tracked down the runner from Tonganoxie. As she sprinted down the home stretch, Parr was nipping on the heels of the Bishop Ward runner in second place. Parr's huge push may have been the single biggest move by an individual runner in the race, and it secured Lansing's third-place finish.
Then came the boys race where a wild finish closed out the final event of the evening in dramatic fashion. LHS freshman Brenton Smith received the baton to begin the final leg in third place. The runner from Basehor raced past Smith on the back stretch and opened about a 10-meter lead. As Smith entered the home stretch, however, he popped to the outside lane and pulled back into third in a neck-and-neck finish.
Smith's finish in the relay was eerily similar to his finish in the 400-meter dash. In that race, Smith won his heat in another photo finish, but he ended up fourth overall in the event in 55.35 seconds. Teammate Chris Goss placed sixth in 55.53.
Also for the Lansing boys, Matt Sittenauer placed third in the 100-meter dash in 11.43 seconds and was third in the long jump with a leap of 19-6, Will Johnson was second in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump, Nate Markovetz was sixth in the 800 in 2:22.92, Nick Kelloff placed fourth in the 110 and 300 hurdles, Greg Stevenson was fourth in the shot put and Dan Eyerly was sixth in the shot put.
In addition, the 400-meter relay team of E.J. Corinealdi, Chris Hill, Sittenauer and Steffan Schumann was fourth in 47.59 and the 3,200-meter relay team of Jason Bowman, Brian Smith, Griffin Davis and Markovetz was third in 9:16.45.
Schlagle was the boys team champion with 139 points. Lansing placed fourth with 57. On the girls' side, Tonganoxie was the team champion with 169 points. Lansing was fifth with 23.
In addition to the 1,600-meter relay team, Riann Deere was fourth in the 200, Parr was fifth in the 400, Megan Sullivan was fifth in the 100 hurdles, Keele McLaurin was fifth in the discus and sixth in the javelin and Jessi Delinger was fifth in the javelin.
Also for Lansing, the girls' 3,200-meter relay team of Jessica Barron, Ashley Mayes, Erin Eustice and Meghan Parker placed fourth.
Up next for the Lansing track team is the Kaw Valley League meet. The meet will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Tonganoxie.
For a closer look at Lansing High sophomore hurdler Nick Kelloff, pick up the May 11 edition of The Current.