Lawrence High's track season may have started late, but the Lions responded to a belated starting gun Wednesday.
Lawrence High's boys began defense of its Class 6A co-state championship with a 119-32 home victory over Leavenworth. The meet was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed because of poor weather.
LHS sophomore Chris Williams said it was a little disappointing to have to wait another day for the season to start.
``It just felt good to get out there and shake some of the rust off,'' Williams said.
Williams claimed titles in the 800, 1600, and 3200. While the 1600 and 3200 were nothing new to Williams, the 800 was an experiment.
``Coach (Jerry Skakal) wanted me to try the 800 so I can help us get some more points,'' Williams said. ``I'm not really very good at that, but I want to try to get us some more points and that's where I might have a chance.''
Two LHS seniors, Gabe Anderson and Jereme Jackson, also claimed three events apiece.
Anderson won the pole vault, IM hurdles and low hurdles for the Lions. Jackson took the triple jump, long jump and the 200.
Anderson's victory in the IM hurdles was not quite the way he had envisioned it. He led the whole race only to fall while knocking down the last hurdle. Anderson got back up and took the two steps.
``I was running pretty well but because of the weather it was the first time I ran that race all year,'' Anderson said. ``My rhythm was off, I got tight and then my feet got entangled. I wish I hadn't fallen, but I was happy with the victory.''
Leavenworth's girls, the defending Class 6A state champions, used a sweep of the field events to post a 101-40 victory over the Lions.
Kizzie Ricks turned in the Lions' top performance, posting victories in both the low and intermediate hurdles.
LHS senior Joanna Kueker, won the 800.
- Results in Scoreboard