Leavenworth boys' win SM West Invite; Lansing girls capture Tonganoxie title; Immaculata racks up medals at Atchison; Saint Mary competes at William Jewell

A week after coming up a half-point shy of an overall team crown, the Leavenworth boys' track squad left little doubt who was No. 1 on Friday.

Competing at the Shawnee Mission West Invitational, the Pioneers earned first overall with 140 points. The next closest team was nearly 10 points away. The Lady Pioneers' squad placed fourth overall.

"The exciting thing to see was how well we performed after last week," LV coach Willis Willmeth said. "We didn't have a let down. To me that was the big thing. Another good thing was other coaches came up to me and commented how well our kids had improved.

"That is always special to be recognized by your peers."

Individual highlights from the meet included:
* John Warren winning gold in the 300 hurdles, 110 hurdles, triple jump and long jump

* Sanchez Williams was first in the 100 meters, second in the 200

* Jeff George first in the triple jump

* Da'Quan Blake secured second in the shot put

* Emily Ruble was second in the shot put

* Rachel Blackburn placed second in the javelin

* Jared Belardo won second in the long jump

* Rashayla Mathis grabbed silver in the 100 and 200 meters

* Jailyn Settles finished fourth in the triple jump

* Daysha Thomas was third in the 400

Leavenworth will be at Olathe South today for a 3:45 meet.

Lady Lions race to 1st at Tonganoxie
In a complete team effort Friday, the Lansing girls' track and field team ran away with the Tonganoxie Invitational crown.

"We were able to post points in nearly every event," Lady Lions coach Brian Malm said. "We had a lot of people score points. The relays came through, the field events came through and the jumpers gave us points. Everyone contributed."

The boys' also participated at the invite, where they placed sixth overall.

Lady Lion highlights from the meet included:

* Nashia Baker getting gold in the 800, silver in the 400

* Malika Baker snatching silver in the 800, fourth in the 400

* Cathrine Strehlow gaining third in the 1,600

* Lindsay Davis winning second in the triple jump, fourth in the 300 hurdles

* Victoria Strehlow nailing down fourth in the high jump, fifth in the 400 hurdles

* Desiree Harvey won the shot put

* Kijah Cammock was second in the shot put

* Danielle Harvey took third in the discus

For the Lansing boys:
* Jimmy Bormolini placed first in the 200 meter

* JT Hager received silver in the 400 meter

* Alex Brown was third in the 800

* Darius Mathis gained gold in the triple jump, silver in the high jump

* Lucas Mein took fourth in the 110 hurdles

Lansing's next meet will be at Louisburg Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.

Raiders rip through Atchison
In a whirlwind, the Immaculata track and field team collected numerous medals Friday at Atchison.

While team results were not available, the Raiders saw nine medal and even more receive top-ten finishes.

"I'm very pleased with the performances that we have had this season," Imac coach Terry Jordan said. "We are scoring well for the number of participants we are bringing to the meets each week."

Highlights from the competition included:
* Sarah O'Neil getting gold in the the 100 and 300 hurdles

* Lainey Bell receiving silver in the long jump, fifth in the 100 meters and sixth in the 400

* Drew Sachen securing bronze in the 100 meters, fourth in the long jump and sixth in the 200 meters

* Mark Hernandez captured fourth in the high jump, fifth in the triple jump

* Ryan Hill came in fifth in the 100 hurdles

* Danny Boisson was fifth in the 400

Lastly, the girls' 4x100 meter relay featuring Grace Parker, O'Neil, Emily Nine and Bell placed fourth, as did the boys' 4x100 relay squad of Boisson, Cory Holcomb, Hernandez and Sachen.

Immaculata will next compete at Hiawatha on April 25.

Spires compete at William Jewell
The Saint Mary track and field teams participated Saturday in the Darrel Gourley Open at William Jewell Saturday, where the men placed 11th overall and the women 13th.

USM coach David Dominguez highlighted Carolina Suarez, who won the triple jump, and Aaron Potter, who got second in the 800 meters, as Saint Mary's best performers.

The Spires will participate in the Kansas Relays this Saturday.