Lions pass early test at Tongie, head to Girard today
Tonganoxie For the Lansing High cross country team, Thursday's appearance at the Tonganoxie Quadrangular was more like a rough draft.
Lansing's real season-opener takes place at 5 p.m. today at the Girard Invitational. Yes, some of the Lions ran at Tonganoxie, but not the full squad. All of the Lions will be in action today.
LHS coach Errol Logue held out senior Lori Flippo and freshmen Abbey Lozenski and Lauren Jaqua from Thursday's meet to save them for the Rim Rock Farm Invitational. In addition, injuries kept Mallory Barnhouse and Amanda Mitchell from racing. Logue also held out boys runners Griffin Davis, Jim Mayes, Brandon Craig, Brandon Mills, Wes Appleget, Trenton Dorf and Matt McCurry for the Rim Rock race.
Despite holding out so many runners from the Tonganoxie meet, Lansing still placed third as a team in the varsity boys standings. Sophomore Greg Bremser was the Lions' top finisher as he placed 15th in the five-kilometer race in 21:52. Sophomore Michael Hornick was 16th in 23:03. Sophomores Joe Bagby and A.J. Glowacki and junior Alex Twitchel rounded out the squad by placing 18th, 19th and 20th, respectively. Junior Russell Buchanan competed in the junior varsity race.
The Lansing girls didn't field a full squad for the 2 1/2 mile varsity race, but junior Sandy Collier was the Lions' top finisher. She placed 21st in 22:48. Sophomore Emilee Taylor was 22nd in 22:52 and sophomore Andrea Shanks was 24th in 23:04. Sophomore McKenna Hall, competing in her first cross country meet, placed 25th in the junior varsity race.
When the Lions race today at Girard, they'll be competing on a fast course where they've had success in the past. Davis placed 14th in the boys race last year in 19:05. Flippo won the JV girls race last year.