Medals elusive, but Lions gain experience
Wichita Entering the Class 5A state meet on Friday and Saturday, the Lansing High track team knew it faced a limited opportunity to collect any medals for top-seven finishes.
No Lions were seeded higher than 10th in their respective events entering the meet, and many of them needed to have the best performance of their lives to have a chance of medaling.
Many of the Lions had career days, but none cracked the top seven.
"I'm disappointed and a little discouraged," LHS coach Errol Logue said. "It's one of those things where you know what you're going to run into when you get here, but you still don't like it."
Logue said he'd hoped a few athletes would medal, but he said he was pleased that many of them showed improvement.
Junior Bobby Hauver was Lansing's top performer. He entered the meet with a career best mark of 12 feet in the pole vault. He cleared 13 feet at state and placed ninth.
Another athlete who made a major improvement was junior triple jumper Meghan Sullivan. She set a new career best by 6 1/2 inches at state when she jumped 30-4 and placed 15th.
Senior Adam Vordermark tied his personal best in the 800-meter run. His time of 2:01.41 was good enough for 12th place.
In other state competition:
¢ Senior Erin Rogers finished tied for 10th in the girls pole vault with a clearance of 8 feet.
¢ Senior Jonathan Martens finished 15th in the discus with a throw of 112-1.
¢ Freshman Carley Brown finished 14th in the 100-meter hurdles in 19.12 seconds.
¢ The girls 1,600-meter relay team of freshman Madison Brandt, senior Kara Ritchey, freshman Lauren Jaqua and senior Riann Deere finished 14th in 4:27.64.
¢ The girls 400-meter relay team of sophomore Ellie McNeill, Deere, sophomore Michelle Collins and freshman Jennifer Totleben finished 15th in 52.25 seconds.
¢ Deere finished 15th in the 200-meter dash in 28.19.
¢ Freshman Kate Meara placed 16th in the 400-meter dash in 1:05.90.
¢ Collins finished 15th in the 100-meter dash in 13.52 seconds.
¢ The boys 3,200-meter relay team of freshman Brandon Craig, senior Brandon Mills, junior Griffin Davis and Vordermark finished 15th in 8:49.16.
¢ The girls 3,200-meter relay team of freshmen Lauren Jaqua and Sarah Nielsen and seniors Kara Ritchey and Lori Flippo finished 13th in 10:42.66.