Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2007

No lazy DAZE of summer

June 14, 2007

The Lansing DAZE community festival took place a month ago, but it officially wound down Friday and Sunday with the annual sports events.

Sixty-four golfers took to the course at Leavenworth Country Club on a sun-soaked Friday afternoon, and the Hoins family squad brought home a first-place finish. Numerous prizes and awards were handed out, including a prize to the last-place team in the tournament - an annual tradition that rewards those golfers who are less competitive but still enjoy participating in the community event.

The theme shifted from sunlight to sprinkles on Sunday morning when 59 runners gathered at Lansing Historical Museum for the "On the Run" 5K road race. Numbers dipped a bit from last year because of the rain, but one thing remained consistent with years past - the winners.

Alan Kroll and Cassie Blankenship were the top male and female finishers for the third consecutive year.

Kroll is a 2004 Lansing High graduate. He ran track and cross country for two years at Johnson County Community College before competing this past school year for the University of Kansas. Blankenship, a 2003 LHS alumnus, also ran at Johnson County and now competes for the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Kroll was the top male finisher in 17:24, 15 seconds off his winning pace from a year ago but comfortably ahead of the other runners. Mark Manroe was the second male finisher in 20:46 and Brinton Thrasher was third in 20:58. Blankenship was the top female in 21:12. She was followed by Julie Angello in 22:58 and Kathy Turner in 24:23.

Age group winners on the men's side were Andrew Redden (10-13), Bob Wooton (20-29), Greg Heilers (30-39), Eric Stark (40-49), Michael Smith (50-59), Donald Madill (60-69) and George Macgregor (70-and-over). Age group winners for the women were Jennie Redden (under-10), Amy Redden (10-13), Ashley Meinert (14-19), Jennifer Howard (20-29), Nicole Chandanais (30-39), Susie Meara (40-49), Donna Romans (50-59), Lorraine McGhee (60-69) and Betty Logan (70-and-over).

Shortly after the 5K ended, the final Lansing DAZE event - and the festival's newest event - kicked off: the inaugural Women's Criterium bike race series. Eighteen cyclists turned out for the event.

Although numbers were small, race promoter Roger Harrison said the event would be back next year.

"I do about 65 events a year," he said. "And I have never, ever, had a city be as supportive as Lansing. The city officials, the street sweeper, the mayor, everybody has been great."

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