Titans girls running up a winning combination

dmcqueen@lsjournal.comMay 7, 2014 

The Lee’s Summit West girls track team has won several meets this season. They took two relays at the KU Relays, and they have one of the state’s fastest times in one relay.

And the scary thing is, the Titans are nowhere close to having a set lineup.

“We’re still testing people out in different events, just kind of getting things finalized going into conference and district,” Lee’s Summit West coach Jesse Griffin said.

That tinkering continued May 2 at the Tiger Classic girls meet at Hertzog Stadium. And while Griffin tinkered, his team still dominated the six-team meet. Lee’s Summit West won 10 events and scored 244.5 points, well ahead of second place St. Teresa’s Academy’s 136.

Griffin is even experimenting with the Titans’ 1,600-meter relay, which has been their signature event this season. West has a season-best time of 3 minutes, 58.15 seconds in that event, second only in Missouri this season to McCluer North’s 3:54.11.

For this meet, Griffin lined up Cydney Edwards, Nicole Kallenberger, Samantha Bisingano and Annika Sisson for the 1,600. All they did was win going away in 4:14.05.

“We haven’t had that group together,” Griffin said. “We’re trying to compare and contrast. This meet is such a quick meet. We’re seeing how kids can handle short recovery, a little bit of adversity.”

So far the Titans have handled every challenge they’ve faced. Kallenberger, who also won the pole vault and placed second in the 100-meter hurdles, says a lot of that comes from how well her teammates work together.

“We’re all really close as a team,” Kallenberger said. “At practice we just push each other, then at the meets it’s easy.”

West made it look easy last week as they racked up the gold medals. Jamie Newsome was a triple winner, taking the 400, long jump and triple jump. Sisson also won the 800 to go along with her relay victory, Sydney Bowers took the 300 hurdles, Brooke Moretina led a one-two finish in the shot put and the 3,200 relay team also was victorious.

“We’re working well together and the kids feed on that,” Griffin said. “They step onto the track with confidence and they perform.”

Host Lee’s Summit placed third with 116.5 points. The Tigers had second-place finishes from Vanessa Anudike in the 200 and Nicole Bales in the high jump.

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