Archive for Friday, May 30, 1997

LIONS TO HEAD TO STATE TRACK

May 30, 1997

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Lawrence High's boys qualified 10 individuals and two relays for the state track meet, and the LHS girls qualified five individuals and three relays.

If all goes well today at the Class 6A state track and field meet in Wichita, Lawrence High track coach Jerry Skakal will sleep easy tonight.

"If we come out Friday with some good points and get kids qualified, it'll be easy to get out of bed, easy to get motivated," Skakal said. "You show up Saturday morning and you're in a hunt for something."

The LHS boys qualified 10 individuals and two relays for the two-day meet at Cessna Stadium. The LHS girls qualified five individuals and three relays.

Junior Gabe Anderson is entered in four events (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, pole vault and 4x400 relay) for the LHS boys. He won both hurdles and the pole vault at regional last week.

The LHS boys have been strong in field events recently. Senior Jake Skakal, the defending state champion in the javelin, set a school record in that event at the Sunflower League meet with a 228-6 mark. He enters the javelin as the top thrower in the state.

Jon Penny (shot put, discus) and David Humbarger (high jump, triple jump) were multiple-event winners at regional last week. At state last year, Humbarger placed second in the triple jump and third in the high jump.

Andy Pelsma, the Lions' top distance runner, will run the 1,600 and 3,200.

Brian Handshy is considered a contender in the 200. His time of 21.6 in the regular season ranks as the third best in 6A.

For the LHS girls, Kristin Brune, Eniola Ajayi and Kizzie Ricks are all entered in four events.

Brune's events are the 400, 800, 4x400 and 4x800. She placed third in the 400 last year.

"Kristin will compete as well as she needs to compete," coach Skakal said. "What those other girls need to understand in the relays is that they can't expect for her after four races to do magic. They have to help her out and put her in a position where she doesn't have to give a superhuman effort to get the job done."

Ajayi is qualified in the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400. She has threatened the school records in the 100 and 200 the past two meets.

Ricks will run the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Ricks, state runner-up in the 100 hurdles last year, is also challenging school records in both hurdle events.

Lawrence's 4x400 relay team of Ricks, Ajayi, Lori Yoder and Brune posted the top time in the state (4:02.1) during the regular season.

Yoder placed fourth at state last year in the 800. Yoder, Betsy Lee and Joanna Kueker and Brune form Lawrence's 4x800 relay team that won at regional.

"We're going to have to really hustle to get a team trophy," Skakal said of the LHS girls.

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