Archive for Saturday, May 17, 2008

Craig leads crew of track state qualifiers

May 17, 2008

Lansing High sophomore Brandon Craig pulled off an impressive double at the Class 5A regional track meet on Friday at Washington High School, and in the process he set himself up to be one of Lansing's leading contenders to bring home a state medal.

Craig placed first in the 1,600-meter run in 4:30.12 and then won the 3,200 in 10:08.71.

He will enter state with the sixth-fastest qualifying time in the 1,600. His 3,200 time is the 10th best qualifying time.

Sophomore Lauren Jaqua will compete in the girls' 3,200. She was the regional runner-up in 12:20.41, and that mark is the 11th best time.

Senior Bobby Hauver was the regional champion in the pole vault with a clearance of 12 feet, 6 inches. That mark ties him for the eighth best qualifying height.

Also for the Lansing boys, senior Will Johnson placed fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 42-3 1/2, and freshman Nathan Wessel was fourth in the javelin with a toss of 155-5. Both are state qualifiers. The 3,200 relay team of Greg Bremser, Griffin Davis, Hauver and Jim Mayes also is state-bound after placing fourth in 8:41.60.

Jaqua will be joined at state by fellow qualifiers Carley Brown (third in the 100 hurdles, 17.50), Alexis Ellis (third in the discus with a toss of 100-5 1/2) and Elizabeth Decker (fourth in the pole vault at 7-6). The 3,200 relay team of Carlin Blakley, Jaqua, Sarah Nielsen and Melanie Pilkington placed third in 10:48.37. The 400 relay was fourth in 51.33, and the 1,600 relay team finished fourth in 4:24.06. All three relay teams are headed to state.

The state meet will take place Friday and Saturday at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University.

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