Craig, Jaqua medal at state cross country meet
Lawrence After gaining experience at the Class 5A state cross country meet their freshman year, Lansing High sophomores Brandon Craig and Lauren Jaqua put that knowledge into action on Saturday by bringing home individual medals from the 2007 state meet.
Craig placed 15th in the five-kilometer boys race in 17:09.71, and Jaqua placed 16th in the four-kilometer girls race in 16:13.72.
Jaqua's strong performance - an improvement after placing 55th last year - led the LHS girls to a 10th-place finish in the team standings. Wichita Bishop Carroll won the team title with 63 points, Topeka Seaman was second with 80 and St. Thomas Aquinas was third with 112.
Emporia senior Michaela Reynolds was the overall champion in 14:55.59, 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Ashley Washburn of Aquinas.
Sophomore Sarah Nielsen ran her fastest race of the season by 10 seconds when she placed 25th in 16:31.17 - eight seconds away from a top 20 finish that would've earned her a medal.
Sophomore Melanie Pilkington was 56th in 17:20.34; sophomore Julia Winkler was 76th in 18:03.28; sophomore Kate Meara was 89th in 18:42.60; freshman Cassie Roberts placed 91st in 18:51.01; and sophomore Abbey Lozenski was 94th in 19:11.15.
In addition to Craig, Lansing had two more individual boys qualifiers who competed Saturday. Senior Griffin Davis placed 69th in 18:44.86 and freshman Pete LaMoe was 82nd in 19:09.56.
Bryce Volz of Bishop Carroll was the overall boys champion in 16:02.71.
Emporia won the boys team title with 51 points, Aquinas was second with 83 and Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel was third with 94.
For a full report from the state cross country meet, pick up the Nov. 1 edition of The Current.