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Archive for Saturday, May 25, 1991

BUSSE NOTCHES SECOND IN 6A JAVELIN

May 25, 1991

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— Witek Busse shocked his friends at Shoneys on Friday morning.

"It was over breakfast," said Busse, a Lawrence High senior. "All the throwers sat together, and I said we should score 15 points. They thought I was crazy, but deep inside I thought I could score most of those."

Busse scored eight points single-handedly on Friday afternoon with a runnerup finish in the Class 6A state javelin competition at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium.

His throw of 159-7 was a personal record by nearly a foot and placed him second behind Washburn Rural's Aaron Anderson, who threw 163-6.

"I could tell it was a good throw, but I didn't know it was 159," he said. "I was surprised and a little shocked. Every meet I used different technique. I guess this time I found the right combination."

He prepared for state a little differently than he had other meets, he said.

"I watched tapes of great throws and visualized," he said. "Also, I stopped lifting weights this week to be fully charged for this meet."

He was charged when he heard coach Bob Lisher expected no points from the discus which Busse was scheduled to compete in today.

"It made me angry that he didn't believe I could come through," Busse said. "But today I knew that I could score points for the team. I'm satisfied."

Once he saw the state meet program, Baldwin junior Brian Heck decided it would take a pretty good placing in the Class 4A high jump to satisfy him.

"I didn't know what everyone else jumped at regional," Heck said. "I looked through the program and saw I had the best jump of all the regionals. It was a confidence boost. It made me set my goal a little higher and try to win it."

He won it. Heck was the only jumper to clear 6-8, a personal best.

In fact, he was the only jumper to make it over 6-6 his previous best on his first try.

"At that point I had first but I didn't realize it," he said. "I felt pretty good, and I just tried to picture myself going over and believe I could do it, and I got a good jump."

LHS senior Heather Flachsbarth was happy with her fourth-place finish in the long jump, even though she missed third place by a quarter of an inch.

"That's one of those things that happens in the long jump all the time," said Flachsbarth, who jumped 17-8 to the 17-8 of Topeka Seaman's Amelia Holmes. "Last week she beat me by an inch she went 17-10 and I went 17-9."

Flachsbarth could afford to be satisfied for a couple of reasons. The 6A girls long jump was tough and so was the injury Flachsbarth competed with all season.

"I feel pretty good just because of the group of people I jumped against," Flachsbarth said.

Muscle tightness in her thigh had kept her out of the long jump since before the Kansas Relays.

"I had been just resting my legs and concentrating on the high jump," she said. "But last week (at the regional) was my last chance."

This week is Flachsbarth's third and last trip to state. This afternoon, she was to try to improve on last year's runnerup finish in the high jump.

"This is the last chance I've got to do it," she said. "It'll be incentive."

All of Lawrence High's boys' track qualifiers survived preliminaries except the 400 relay. Lawrence is trying to defend its back-to-back 6A championships. The state meet concludes today.

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