Thursday marked the beginning of the 2012 schedule for the Lansing cross country teams, and the girls’ squad started the season right.
The Lady Lions had three runners finish in the top four, five in the top ten, to beat out host Tonganoxie and Kansas City Christian. The Lansing boys came in second, barely losing to Tonganoxie, but beat KCC.
“Considering the conditions and inexperience, especially on the boys’ side, I thought we did fairly well,” Lansing’s Brian Malm said. “The girls came out very strong and really had a good showing from our veterans and new kids.”
Nashia Baker was the lead Lion Thursday, grabbing first overall for the girls with a 15 minute 33 second finish. Malika Baker came in right behind her for second at 15:49 and Caitlin Laneve earned fourth thanks to her 17 minute 45 second mark.
Rounding out the top placers for the Lady Lions were Catherine Strehlow gaining sixth with an 18:31 and Abbie Hilliard earning ninth behind her 18:59.
In the boys’ race, Lansing’s Chris Brown won second overall with a 19 minute nine second run. Joe Walter grabbed fourth at 20:16, Jack Bresser won seventh due to his 20:47 time and Dylan Root garnered 10th thanks to a mark of 21 minutes 29 seconds.
The Lions will next compete at Bishop Miege on Sept. 8.
PR opens 2012 at Basehor-Linwood
It was a hot way to start the year, but the Pleasant Ridge cross country teams did okay in the heat. The Lady Rams finished third with six medalists at the Basehor-Linwood Invite while the boys also earned two medals.
“We ran a lot of the newcomers and underclassmen and I thought it was great to see the young kids run such great times in the heat,” PR coach Chad Hendrix said.
“They battled and did a fantastic job in a meet that was the first varsity competition for many of them.”
Top finishes from the race for Ridge included Christina Silvers taking fifth and Grace McKinny winning ninth for the girls, while the boys were led by Tyler Darnell getting 22nd and Gabe Younger placing 24th.
Pleasant Ridge will next race a week from Saturday at Wamego.