- By Becca Lovenheim
While the weather keeps vying to be the story of the season, the Bobcats have taken advantage of every sunny opportunity and even the not-so-sunny days to post impressive performances, school records, and highly-ranked marks.
Waite Molnar Invitational
The Lansing varsity track and field squads took top honors among the small schools competing at the Waite-Molnar Invitational at Elmira. The girls team finished second overall, just 8.5 points behind Corning and well ahead of Horseheads and Elmira. Sophomore Cat Zaloj continued her high-scoring season, taking first place in high jump and the 400 hurdles, second in the 100 hurdles, and running first leg of the winning 4x400 relay (with sophomores Teresa Garcia and Catie Eisenhut and senior Mikaela Garcia). Eisenhut also won the 1500m run in a season best time and took second in the 800m run. The pole vault trio of Meghan Matheny '18, Miya Kuramoto '18, and Gwen Gisler '20 continued their undefeated season taking first, second, and third place, respectively. Freshman Emmy Jackson dropped nearly twenty seconds to finish as runner-up in the 3000m run.
The boys team was fourth overall to large schools Corning, Horseheads, and Elmira (first, second, and third, respectively). Sophomore Sam Panzer was unbeatable in the sprints, winning both the 100m and 200m dashes. Freshman Sirus Desnoes claimed second in the high jump while senior Alex Powers took second in discus. Junior Dakota Edwards took third in both the 100m dash and long jump, and classmate George Taylor secured third place in the 400m hurdles.
Lansing athletes Destiny Little '19 and Ethan Burt '20 also competed in their first pentathlons of the season, both finished with scores that meet the provisional standard for the state qualifier meet. Little and Burt will tackle their next pentathlon on Monday, May 14 with high hopes for achieving the automatic standard for the multi-event.
Full results can be found here.
Dual Meets at Whitney Point
The teams arrived at Whitney Point on the last day of April to gusting winds – favorable for sprinters but a significant obstacle to some jumpers and anyone running over 200 meters. Lansing boys and girls swept their competition with the boys winning 94.5-54.5 over Southern Cayuga, 115-20 over Whitney Point (Southern Cayuga beat Whitney Point, 87-17). The girls won over Whitney Point (103-34) and over Southern Cayuga (115-20). (Whitney Point beat Southern Cayuga 48-44.)
Bobcats Field Festival
Lansing hosted the second annual Bobcats Field Festival on May 2. As the thermometer rose to temperatures finally favorable to jumping and throwing, many impressive performances followed. Topping that list were two new school records: Little and Zaloj broke the previous high jump relay record – originally set in 1998 at 9'6" and tied by the duo last year – with a combined height of 10'0". Edwards and Panzer set a new long jump relay record, surpassing the 2007 record by nearly a foot with a combined jumping distance of 38'7"
Complete results can be found here.
IAC Divisional Meets
The much-anticipated Legends of the Night meet at Trumansburg on May 4 was cancelled during the third running event due to storms blowing through the venue. While disappointing to the 22 teams in attendance, coaches from the IAC North Small Division were able to coordinate a combined divisional meet, bringing nine IAC schools together at Southern Cayuga on May 7. Scoring against Trumansburg and Dryden, the Lansing boys and girls squads were victorious again. For the girls, this marks the third consecutive season of being undefeated in dual meet competition. For the boys, it was an impressive display of their depth and strength across events; they won the meet without winning a single relay.
Complete results can be found here.
The Bobcats will take on their final invitational of the season today as they travel to Corning for the Fast Times meet. This is followed by the two-day IAC Championships at Trumansburg on May 17 and 18.