Rams, Raiders rack up medals at late Pleasant Ridge meet; Lions win big at DeSoto Invite; Pioneer boys third at Seaman; Spires haul in medals at Baker

Under a sun-soaked sky, the Pleasant Ridge track team hosted its annual meet Monday, where Immaculata and PR competed for gold.

Leading the Raiders were Danny Boisson and Mark Hernandez, who each earned silver medals in their respective events — the 400 meter and high jump.

Sarah O'Neil garnered third in the 100 meters and fifth in the 300, while Drew Sachen was fifth in the 200 meters and sixth in the 100.

Ryan Hill was fifth in the 110 hurdles.

“With the eight that we brought, six of them went in and placed, so that's just a really good job by them,” Imac coach Terry Jordan said. “I know we can compete even better if we have more people, but for the people that were here, I was really proud of what they accomplished.”

The Pleasant Ridge track teams eached both placed fourth overall. Highlights for the Lady Rams included:

* Oleta McCaully, first in javelin
* April Lingenfelser, first in shot put
* Kimi Barber, second in triple jump
* Haley Worthington, second in javelin
* Bailey Swinford, third in triple jump
* Rachel Hattok, fourth in 1,600 meters
* Nicole Holden, fourth in long jump
* Peyton Gould, fifth in 3,200 meters

The Pleasant Ridge boys' notable placers were:

* Tony Weber, first in 1,600 meters

* 4x100 relay team. first
* Bailey Culbertson, second in javelin
* Blake Graham, second in long jump
* Kyle Lansing, third in high jump
* James Farmer, fifth in shot put

Both the PR and Imac squads will compete in the Delaware Valley League meet on May 9.

Lions win big at DeSoto Invite
Lansing pride was in full effect this weekend at the DeSoto High Invitational.

The Lions boys' track team earned first overall, edging out its hots by 7.5 points, while the Lansing girls won second overall.

“The boys stepped up and competed like I knew they could,” Lansing coach Brian Malm said. “The weather was not great. It rain all day so the times didn't matter, but the biggest thing was that the guys competed.”

Top finishes for the boys in red, white and black were Darius Mathis winning the high and triple jump, with JT Hager and Jimmy Bormolini doing the same in the 400 and 200 meters.

Hager also captured second in the 200 and Bormolini was second in the 400. Joe Henry took second in the 100 meters and Lucas Mein was sixth in the 110 hurdles.

All three of the boys' relay teams placed, the 4x100 foursome securing first while the 4x800 and 4x400 scored silver medals.

For the Lady Lions, Nashia Baker (1,600 and 3,200 meters), Malika Baker (800 meters) and Savannah Baker (long and triple jump) all nailed down first in their respective events.

Malika Baker was second in the 1,600 and Alyssa also was second in the long jump.

“On the girls side, the Baker sisters broke more records and now hold all of the distance records at Lansing,” Malm said. “They just keep racking them up.”

Lansing will split its squad up Friday, sending some to Piper and the others to the Shawnee Mission North relays.

Pioneer boys third at Seaman
It was a top-five finish weekend for the Leavenworth boys' track team.

Competing Friday in the Topeka Seaman Relays, the Pioneers placed third overall while the LV girls came in eighth.

Top placers for the boys included John Warren, who was first in the triple jump and 110 hurdles while fourth in the long jump. Da'Quan Blake earned second in the shot put, as did Jared Belardo in the triple jump and Demetrius Heath in the 110 hurdles.

In the the 300 hurdles, Landry Hodges took home a gold medal while Josh Willamson was second in the 400 meters. Sanchez Williams was also second in the 100 meters and Belardo won fifth in the long jump.

For the Leavenworth girls, Naqari Harris placed first in the discus as did Daysha Thomas in the 400 meters. Rashayla Mathis (100 meters) and Emily Ruble (shot put) snatched silver and Justice Rappel was third in the 400.

Both Pioneer 4x100 relay teams came in second.

On Friday, Leavenworth will compete at the Shawnee Mission North Invite starting at 3 p.m.

Spires haul in medals at Baker
Numerous Saint Mary tracksters snatched up hardware Saturday at the Baker Relays.

Headlining that group was Ricardo Cortez who took second in the 3,000 meters. The men's 4x400 relay also earned a silver medal.

Amy Jystad (1,500 meters), Caroline Suraez (triple jump), Cory Waites (400 meters) and Aaron Potter (800 meters) all wrangled third-place medals in their respective events.

Caesar Castillo was sixth in the 1,500 and Lindee Clair was seventh in the 400 hurdles.

USM will be at the KCAC Outdoor Championships this Saturday.