LHS boys first, girls second at Lansing Invitational
The Lansing High track team has just one home meet this season, so the Lions made sure they gave the local fans a good show Tuesday afternoon at the Lansing Invitational.
The LHS boys tied Tonganoxie for the meet championship, and the LHS girls placed second behind THS.
All in all, it was a dominant day for the Lions.
The Lansing boys' meet championship was achieved thanks to a balanced all-around performance, but nine first-place finishes certainly helped. Sophomore Brandon Craig and senior Nick Kelloff paced the Lions with two individual titles apiece. Craig captured the distance double by winning the 1,600-meter run in 4:50 and the 3,200 in 10:48. Meanwhile, Kelloff swept the hurdles races by winning the 110 high hurdles in 17.669 and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 45.00. Senior Bobby Hauver captured his second pole vault title of the season by clearing 11 feet; senior Will Johnson won the triple jump in a career-best leap of 43 feet, 6 inches; and senior Kevin Johnson won the 400 in 53.4. In addition, the 400-meter relay team placed first in 45.32 and the 3,200-meter relay team of seniors Jim Mayes, Griffin Davis, Hauver and freshman Aaron Potter won the gold in 8:59.43.
The Lions received numerous other strong performances. The 1,600-meter relay team of Potter, junior Brenton Smith, Kevin Johnson and Hauver was second in 3:43.5; Davis (5:10), Mayes (5:14) and senior P.J. Sigle (5:21) placed second, third and sixth, respectively, in the 1,600; Smith was second in the 400 in 53.8; senior Eric Watson was second in the javelin (157-0) and freshman Nathan Wessel (124-9) was fourth; freshman Pete LaMoe (11:26), junior Greg Bremser (11:48) and junior Grant Hinckley were second, fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 3,200; Kevin Johnson was third in the 200 in 24.1; Smith was fifth in the 200 in 25.1; junior Cody Morlan was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18-3 1/2; freshman Patrick Horton was fifth in the 800 in 2:19; senior Nick Stevenson was sixth in the 800 in 2:22; junior Matt Robbins was fourth in the 100 in 12.01; and senior Chris Hill was third in the 100 in 11.5, third in the shot put with a throw of 40-10 1/2 and fifth in the discus with a 107-5 toss.
Sophomore Lauren Jaqua was the ringleader for the Lansing girls. After cruising to a victory in the 1,600 at the Baldwin Invitational, Jaqua won the race again Tuesday - this time in 5:59. She also strided to a first-place finish in the 3,200 in 13:05.8. In addition, she teamed with fellow sophomores Julia Winkler, Melanie Pilkington and Sarah Nielsen to place second in the 3,200-meter relay in 11:04.
The 400-meter relay team also captured a first-place finish as sophomores Carley Brown and Jennifer Totleben, junior Michelle Collins and freshman Andy Darden circled the track in 53.406.
Brown placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.6; Totleben was second in the 200 in 28.7; junior Michelle Collins was third in the 100 in 13.4, Totleben was fourth in 14.0 and Darden was fifth in 14.04; freshman Celeste Brinkley was third in the 300 hurdles in 58.8; junior Amanda Mitchell was fourth in the 400 in 1:10.2; Pilkington was fourth in the 800 in 2:50.9; sophomore Jade Hunley was fifth in the 200 in 31.7; junior Megan Osborn was sixth in the 1,600 in 6:49; Winkler was third in the 3,200 in 13:40; senior Carlin Blakley was sixth in the 3,200 in 15:06; and the 1,600-meter relay team was third in 4:55.
The Lions also had success in the field events. Senior Megan Sullivan was fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 28-6 3/4 and sixth in the long jump with a 12-6 jump; junior Elizabeth Decker was fifth in the long jump with a 13-11 1/4 leap and fifth in the triple jump at 28-4. Decker placed fourth in the pole vault, and sophomore Kristen Gould was fifth in the javelin with a toss of 72-7.
The Lions next compete at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Paola Invitational.