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LHS TRACK PREVIEW

March 20, 1997

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An upgraded track has Lawrence High coach Jerry Skakal upbeat.

"It is absolutely a pleasure to walk out there," Skakal said of the $300,000 track that was completed last September. "It's visually aesthetic, good to look at. We have nice jumping facilities. The kids love it. I haven't heard one kid talk about shin splints."

Skakal, entering his third season as LHS track coach, hopes his team's performances are good to look at as well. The Lions open their season today at the six-team Topeka West Relays. Emporia, Junction City, Manhattan, Topeka Seaman and host West will be at the meet.

"It's a good meet because we're not limited to the number of entrants," Skakal said. "They're going to hate us after we get off the bus. We're taking 80 kids. It's a great opportunity for them to get some marks and competition."

About 120 -- 80 boys and 40 girls -- are out for track. That's the largest turnout in Skakal's three years at LHS.

"We have a large number of boys," Skakal said. "Our girls are down a little. I'm a little disappointed with the number of underclassmen. I guess I didn't do a good enough job getting them to come out. We lost a few kids I wanted to girls soccer. That's OK. They're doing something and not just not sitting around."

Top returners for the LHS girls are Eniola Ajayi, Kristin Brune, Kizzie Ricks and Lori Yoder. All four placed at last year's state meet to help the Lions finish third.

Ricks, the school record holder in the 300 hurdles (46.81), placed second at state in the 100 hurdles as a sophomore.

Brune, a senior, placed third at state in the 400. Yoder, a senior, was fourth in the state's 800 last year. Ajayi, a senior and one of the team's top sprinters, placed sixth at state in the 200.

Sophomore Marci Attig, who set the school's triple jump record (33-8m to get someman, should be one of the Lions' top entries in field events.

Top returners for the boys are seniors David Humbarger and Brian Handshy, and junior Jake Skakal.

Humbarger, the school record holder in the triple jump (47-9 a little disappointed with the number of underclassmen. I guess I didn't do a good enough job getting them to come out. We lost a few kids I wanted to girls soccer. That's OK. They're doing something and not just not sitting around."

Top returners for the LHS girls are Eniola Ajayi, Kristin Brune, Kizzie Ricks and Lori Yoder. All four placed at last year's state meet to help the Lions finish third.

Ricks, the school record holder in the 300 hurdles (46.81), placed second at state in the 100 hurdles as a sophomore.

Brune, a senior, placed third at state in the 400. Yoder, a senior, was fourth in the state's 800 last year. Ajayi, a senior and one of the team's top sprinters, placed sixth at state in the 200.

Sophomore Marci Attig, who set the school's triple jump record (33-8m to get

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