Lions to race at KVL championships today
Griffin Davis made a major breakthrough at the Kaw Valley League cross country championships last year when he placed sixth in the varsity boys race at Wyandotte County Park.
Now a Lansing High junior, Davis will try to improve on that effort when he returns to Wyandotte County Park at 4 p.m. today for the KVL meet. He leads a talented boys squad that will try to improve on its fourth-place team finish last year.
While Davis looks to build on last year's strong showing, freshman Brandon Craig will try to make an impact in his first KVL meet. Craig's fastest time this season - 17:59 at the Girard Invitational - would have been fast enough for third at last year's league meet.
The girls' race is expected to be up for grabs because four of the top five runners from last year's KVL meet are back. Throw into the mix Lansing freshman Lauren Jaqua - she's beaten three of those four runners this season - and it's nearly impossible to predict who will win.
The top 20 runners medal in the varsity races, and there's a good chance the LHS girls will have three medalists. Jaqua is a title-contender, and freshman Abbey Lozenski and senior Lori Flippo also could finish high in the pack. Flippo was the junior varsity runner-up at last year's KVL meet, but her time would've placed her 21st in the varsity race. Her times have been significantly faster this year.
Mill Valley won the boys' and girls' team titles in 2005. Tonganoxie was the runner-up on both sides.
MEDAL HAUL BIG AT PLEASANT RIDGE
Jaqua continued her assault on the LHS record board Thursday at the Pleasant Ridge Invitational.
Jaqua already set the four-kilometer girls record twice prior to the race. She broke it again at Pleasant Ridge by placing second in 16:37.6. Her previous record was 16:40, which she ran Sept. 28 at the Lansing Invitational.
Other medalists in the varsity girls race were Lozenski (10th, 17:58), Flippo (12th, 18:19) and Emilee Taylor (22nd, 20:18).
All five varsity boys medaled in the five-kilometer race. Craig was eighth in 20:17, Davis was ninth in 20:23, Wes Appleget finished 12th in 20:41, Greg Bremser was 16th in 21:13 and Brandon Mills was 22nd in 21:54.