Despite winter weather, Lions feel primed for 2013

Team: Lansing track and field

Last year’s top finishes: 2012 regional champions

Coach: Brian Malm

Key returners:
* senior Malika Baker; multi-state medalist (400, 800 and 1,600 meters)

* senior Nashia Baker; multi-state medalist (800 and 1,600)

* junior Lindsay Davis; multi-state medalist (400 and triple jump)

* senior JT Hager; multi-state medalist (4x100 and 4x400 relays)

* senior Jimmy Bormolini; multi-state medalist (4x100 and 4x400)

* senior Joe Henry; multi-state medalist (4x100 and 4x400)

Newcomers to watch:
* junior Kyle Saunders; 300 and 400 hurdles

* junior Cole Hoing; 800 and 1,600

* sophomore Carli Bohannon; 400 and high jump

* junior David Potter; 100 and 200

* freshman Jolee Ritchhart; pole vault and sprints

Team Outlook: STRENGTHS — A large group of upperclassmen who possess state experience is the biggest feather in Lansing's cap this year.

For the girls, the squad is dangerous in most events according to Malm, while the boys' best asset can be found in the sprinters' events.

WEAKNESSES — Like everyone else, the weather has really affected the Lions' preparations.

“We are struggling to get 10 quality practices in for our athletes before the first meet,” Malm said. “Our technique time has been minimal and our learning curve is delayed. We have also been plagued with a couple of season ending injuries.”

Big meets: At KU Relays April 19; At Shawnee Mission North Relays May 2; At KVL meet May 11

Coach says: “Last year we had perfect weather over the spring break to work on technique and conditioning.

“This year that is not the case. We have a lot of upperclassmen who have put in the time in the weight room and competed in indoor meets.

“They have a lot of goals for themselves and the team this year. We are eager to get the season started to gauge where we are and where we need to be so that we can compete in Wichita in May.”