Lansing girls are among favorites to win Kaw Valley League title
Five years ago the Lansing High girls cross country team produced both the individual and team first-place finishers at the Kaw Valley League meet.
Since then, the Lions have lacked the depth to vie for a team championship, but they have had a pair of individual runners-up.
Now, after a long wait, the Lions will try to reclaim the top spot in the league with a roster that's loaded with young talent. They race begins at 4 p.m. today at Perry Lake.
"We're definitely going to be in the mix," LHS coach Errol Logue said. "Tonganoxie and Basehor finished first and second last year, and we've beaten both of them. Mill Valley beat us by three points at Bonner Springs, so they've got to be the favorite. But we've certainly got a shot at it, no question."
The LHS girls will send a lineup that is led by sophomore Lauren Jaqua, the runner-up last season. In addition, sophomores Sarah Nielsen, Melanie Pilkington, Julia Winkler, Kate Meara, Katherine Borderud and freshman Cassie Roberts will compete. Sophomore Abbey Lozenski, a 2006 state qualifier, will miss the meet with an ankle injury.
Sophomore Brandon Craig will be one of the favorites to win the boys' race. Other LHS competitors will be seniors Griffin Davis and Jim Mayes, juniors Greg Bremser, Ezra Carpenter and Grant Hinckley and freshman Pete LaMoe.