The Lansing Lions saw success in their meets on Saturday in cross country and tennis.
The Lions’ tennis team was victorious at the Topeka West Round Robin with a first-place team finish. Head coach Eddie Fenton was pleased with the results.
“In the last five years we’ve finished in first all but once,” Fenton said. “So this is a really good tourney for us to play in right before conference and regionals. Three of the schools we faced will be in our regional next weekend so it was nice to see how we match up. Lizzie (Martin) was our top placer going undefeated at No. 2 singles. She played a couple really close matches that could have gone either way, but she was able to stay strong and beat a more experienced player from (Shawnee) Heights in a tiebreaker.”
Lansing will return home to host the first United Kansas Conference tennis tournament on Tuesday. Matches begin at 9 a.m.
In the Maple Leaf XC Classic at the Baldwin City Golf Course, the Lions boys finished second and the girls were fifth.
Last week’s athlete of the week nominee for Lansing, Liam Neidig, had another strong day with a fourth-place finish. Terry Robinson also placed in the top 10. Madelyn Bachtel finished the highest for the Lions’ girls at 28th.
Cross country coach Josh Floetke was happy with the results.
“The weather was perfect,” Floetke said. “And our Lions took advantage with most posting season-best times. Our varsity boys showed that they can run with some of the top talent in the state, missing first place by five points. They also showed depth and the importance of the sixth and seventh runners in winning the tie to secure second place.”
The cross country team will travel to Johnson County Community College on Saturday for a meet hosted by Shawnee Mission West. The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.