Slater, Sittenauer solid at KVL meet
LHS boys, girls place fifth at league
Tonganoxie An old veteran and a rising star gave Lansing High its lone champions Wednesday at the Kaw Valley League meet at Tonganoxie.
Senior Jeff Slater cruised to the 400-meter title in 51.51 seconds. Despite easing up to protect a sore hamstring, Slater won the race by more than a second. Sophomore Matt Sittenauer was Lansing's other champ. He won the long jump with a personal best leap of 20 feet, 11 3/4 inches. He also placed third in the 100-meter dash in 11.36 seconds.
Logue said he was happy that Slater was able to find success in his signature event despite battling an injury all season.
"If he'd have been healthy, he'd have been looking for four golds tonight, we'd have built our whole team around him and had a shot at a league title," Logue said. "It's been a big disappointment for him because he wanted to be a four-event man. That was his goal, but he's handled it so well. He's used good judgement in dealing with his injury, he's had a good attitude and he's just been a terrific kid all the way around."
For Sittenauer, Logue said Wednesday's performance was simply a sign of good things to come. His victory in the long jump was even more surprising since he improved on his previous best jump by about eight inches.
"It's just terrific," Logue said of Sittenauer's performance. "He didn't come here to win a league championship, he had no idea (he'd do that), so that's big. That's very big."
A number of other Lions turned in strong performances at the league meet. Among them, sophomore Will Johnson placed fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump, junior Kyle Buehler was fourth in the pole vault, sophomore Bobby Hauver was sixth in the pole vault, senior E.J. Corinealdi was sixth in the 100-meter dash and sophomore Griffin Davis placed sixth in the 1,600-meter run in 5:01.19.
Also for the LHS boys, the 400-meter relay team placed fifth in 44.93 seconds, the 3,200-meter relay team was fifth in 9:30.42 and the 1,600-meter relay team was sixth in 3:48.53.
Lansing placed fifth overall as a team with 42 points. Bonner Springs won the team title with 140 points. Mill Valley was second with 122 and Tonganoxie was third with 79.
Lansing had two title contenders in the girls' competition. Junior Riann Deere placed second in the 200-meter dash in 28.02 seconds and junior Erin Rogers finished third in the pole vault by clearing 8 feet.
Senior Amanda Radovich placed third in the javelin with a toss of 116-4 1/2, but she was beat out by Tonganoxie's Roxie Grizzle (146-7) and Ali Pistora (154-6). Pistora's throw was the best throw in the nation this year.
Senior Samantha Parr placed fifth in the 400-meter dash in 1:03.35 and senior Keele McLaurin was sixth in the discus with a throw of 86-7.
Also for the girls, the 1,600-meter relay team placed third in 4:29.15, the 400-meter relay team placed fifth in 53.61 seconds and the 3,200-meter relay finished sixth in 12:33.60.
The Lansing girls placed fifth as a team with 32 points. Mill Valley used a dominating performance by its distance runners to win the team title with 162.5 points. Tonganoxie was a close second with 158.5 and Santa Fe Trail was a distant third with 66.
The Lions next compete at 4 p.m. Friday, May 19, in the Class 5A regional meet at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka.
For a closer look at LHS senior sprinter Samantha Parr, as well as for an early look at the Class 5A regional meet, pick up the May 18 issue of The Current.