East Lansing Runners Eye Titles at Greater Lansing Championship Meet

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Friday, October 11, 2019, 8:13 am
Mark Meyer

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the distance of the race at the East Lansing soccer complex course. The correct distance is 5 kilometers, not 5,000 kilometers. 

When they dueled three weeks ago at the East Lansing soccer complex course, amid the warm sunshine and solid footing, Holt’s Alex Penski (163) covered the 5 kilometers 12 seconds faster than East Lansing senior Andrew Lane (77).

When they renew their rivalry Saturday morning at the 40-school Greater Lansing Cross Country Championship meet – over what could be a somewhat softer Ledge Meadows course – the atmosphere figures to be much cooler (with the temperature near 40 degrees) and much more competitive.

Lane will attempt to become only the second East Lansing boys runner to win the individual title: Robbie Glew ran 16:11 to win in 2010.

The Trojan boys, ranked second among area teams according to a recent Lansing State Journal poll, have never won a Greater Lansing title.

The East Lansing girls have won the team title three times (2015, 2012 and 2006) and the individual title eight times: Kathy Scieska, 1990 (18:38); Eileen Fleck in 1991 (19:27), ’92 (18:55) and ’93 (17:59); Megan Newton in 2000 (18:41) and ’01 (19:15); Maddi Reeves in 2007 (17:51); and Stephanie Vanis in 2015 (18:26).

East Lansing junior Abbie Draheim (second from right, foreground), who recently broke Reeves’ 5K record at the soccer complex course, is ranked third in this year’s girls field.

The girls race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the boys race at 10:40 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

In other East Lansing High School sports news:

Regional golf: The East Lansing girls finished in a four-way tie for fourth place at Thursday’s 10-team Division 2 regional at Eldorado Golf Course in Mason. Pinckney led the team qualifiers with a score of 357 to finish ahead of Mason (362) and Fenton (363). All three schools qualified for the Division 2 state finals at Forest Akers East on Oct. 18-19.

East Lansing, St. Johns and Dexter all shot 373. East Lansing junior Holly O’Neill narrowly missed qualifying for the state finals as an individual. Her 18-hole score of 89 left her just outside the top three individual qualifiers. Tuesday Lewis of St. Johns shot the low round of the day with a 78.

In addition to O’Neill, East Lansing junior Mary Kate Swords shot 91 (11th overall), sophomore Madi Miller carded a 92 and senior Hope Dwyer finished with a 101.

Football hosts Everett (7 p.m. tonight): The Trojans (4-2 overall, 2-1 in the CAAC Blue) will welcome senior quarterback Sam Busch back to the starting lineup after having missed last week’s game against Holt (a 21-14 loss). Busch suffered a concussion two weeks ago against DeWitt and did not practice in the week leading up to the Holt game.

“I feel better, one hundred percent,” Busch said, toward the end of Thursday’s workout. “We’ve had a good week of practice and we’re ready to go.”

After tonight’s home game against Everett (3-3 overall, 2-2 CAAC Blue), the Trojans travel to Waverly next week and then close out the regular season Oct. 25 with Senior Night at home against Okemos.

“It’s going fast,” said senior defensive back/receiver Malakai Matthews. “It seems like yesterday that we were going through (summer mini camp) and then two-a-days to get ready for the season.

“I feel like we’re in a good place, but we need to finish strong – and that starts with our game against Everett.”

DeWitt leads the conference standings with a 3-1 mark, followed by a three-way tie at 2-1 among East Lansing, Holt and Grand Ledge.

Soccer district semifinal Monday: The Trojan boys soccer team completed the regular season portion of their schedule with a 13-3-1 record, and will host St. Johns at 7 p.m. Monday in the district semifinal nightcap. The first semifinal (5 p.m. Monday) will pit Eastern against DeWitt.

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