Craig leads LHS in track opener
A winter of constant conditioning and distance training paid off in grand fashion for Lansing High sophomore Brandon Craig on Friday as he blazed his way to a first-place finish in the 1,600-meter run at the Baldwin Invitational.
Craig's time of 4:44.52 was a personal best, and it helped the LHS boys place fifth overall out of 13 teams. Pittsburg cruised to the team title with 113 points. Lansing had 65.
Other highlights for the LHS boys included first-place finishes by senior Bobby Hauver in the pole vault (12 feet) and senior Will Johnson in the triple jump (42-7) and a runner-up finish by senior Eric Watson in the javelin (157-7).
Also for the Lions, senior Kevin Johnson placed fifth in the 400-meter dash in 53.93 seconds and junior Brenton Smith was fifth in 55.08; senior Nick Stevenson finished sixth in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 8:03.53; senior Chris Hill was sixth in the 100-meter dash in 11.85 seconds; Johnson was eighth in the 200-meter dash in 25.14 seconds; and freshman Pete LaMoe was eighth in the 3,200-meter run in 11:27.17.
The LHS 3,200-meter relay team of seniors Jim Mayes, Griffin Davis, Hauver and freshman Aaron Potter placed third in 8:59.96 and the 1,600-meter relay team of Potter, Smith, Johnson Hauver was fifth in 3:48.71.
On the girls' side, Baldwin rolled to the team title with 142 points. Lansing placed 11th with 24 points.
Sophomore Sarah Nielsen was Lansing's top individual performer with a fourth-place finish in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 8:47.67.
Sophomore sprinter Jennifer Totleben was a multi-event placer as she finished fifth in the 200-meter dash (29.2 seconds) and eighth in the 100-meter dash (14.13 seconds). Senior Megan Sullivan also was a multi-even placer, finishing eighth in the long jump (14-7) and eighth in the triple jump (30-1 Â¼).
Sophomore Lauren Jaqua placed sixth in a loaded field in the 1,600-meter run in 5:51.41.
In addition, the 400-meter relay team of sophomores Carly Brown and Totleben, junior Michelle Collins and freshman Andy Darden placed third in 53.92.
The Lions will be back in action at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Lansing Invitational.
100M - 6. Chris Hill, 11.85
200M - 8. Kevin Johnson, 25.14
400M - 4. Kevin Johnson, 53.93; 5. Brenton Smith, 55.08.
3,200M - 8. Pete LaMoe, 11:27.17
2,000M steeplechase - 6. Nick Stevenson, 8:03.53.
1,600M relay - 5. Lansing (Aaron Potter, Brenton Smith, Kevin Johnson, Bobby Hauver), 3:48.71
3,200M relay - 3. Lansing (Jim Mayes, Griffin Davis, Bobby Hauver, Aaron Potter), 8:59.96
1,600M - 1. Brandon Craig, 4:44.52
Pole vault - 1. Bobby Hauver, 12.0.
Triple jump - 1. Will Johnson, 42-7.
Javelin - 2. Eric Watson, 157-7.
100M - 8. Jennifer Totleben, 14.13.
200M - 5. Jennifer Totleben, 29.2.
1,600M - 6. Lauren Jaqua, 5:51.41.
2,000M steeplechase - 4. Sarah Nielsen, 8:47.67.
400M relay - 3. Lansing (Carly Brown, Jennifer Totleben, Michelle Collins, Andy Darden), 53.92
Long jump - 8. Megan Sullivan, 14-7.
Triple jump - 8. Megan Sullivan, 30-1 1/4.