Runners excel at Paola Relays
Despite competing without two of its top performers, the Lansing High boys track team earned a fifth-place finish at the Paola Relays.
Senior Will Johnson led the way for the Lions as he leaped to a second-place in the triple jump by going 43-3 1/4 - just short of his career-best 43-6 which he set last Tuesday at the Lansing Invitational.
Senior Nick Kelloff placed second in the 300-meter hurdles in 44.2 and senior Kevin Johnson was second in the 400 in 52.75. A pair of relay teams - the 400 relay (45.45) and the 1,600 relay (3:38) also placed second.
Other medalists for LHS were fourth-place finisher Matt Robbins in the 100 (11.43) and the 3,200 relay.
Sophomore distance standout Brandon Craig did not compete, and neither did senior pole-vaulter Bobby Hauver. Both had nagging injuries they are trying to heal.
A shorthanded LHS girls squad accumulated 38 points and placed seventh out of 13 teams. Louisburg won the team title with 105 points.
Sophomore Lauren Jaqua delivered the Lions' lone first-place finish as she brought home the gold in the 3,200-meter run in a season-best 12:23.43 - 18 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Jaqua also had a hand in the 3,200-meter relay team's second-place finish. She ran the anchor leg as the squad finished in 10:56.20, less than one second behind first-place Archie. Also on the relay team were sophomores Sarah Nielsen, Julia Winkler and Melanie Pilkington.
The 400-meter relay team of sophomores Carley Brown and Jen Totleben, junior Michelle Collins and freshman Andy Darden placed third in a season-best 52.92.
Also for LHS, Brown placed fourth in the 100 hurdles in 17.72; Nielsen was fourth in the 800 run in 2:40.89; Collins was sixth in the 100 in 13.70; senior Megan Sullivan placed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 29-11; and the 1,600-meter relay team of Jaqua, sophomores Kate Meara and Monica Jackson and junior Amanda Mitchell placed sixth in 4:37.65.
Lansing will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Tonganoxie Invitational.