Boys first, girls second at Lansing meet
The Tonganoxie boys finished first, and the girls finished second last Tuesday at the Lansing Invitational.
The boys won four events, and the girls won six events.
The junior varsity ran Monday at DeSoto. The varsity competes Friday at the Eudora Invitational. The ninth- and 10th-grade athletes compete Tuesday at Santa Fe Trail.
The first-place finish at Lansing boosted the team's confidence, according to Phil Williams, Tonganoxie boys track coach.
While the team doesn't have any outstanding sprinters, the 400-meter relay team knocked nearly 1.5 seconds off its previous time and ran nearly as fast as the 400-meter team from last year.
The team of Matt Needham, Jacob Sledd, Rodney Lobb and Joey Holek finished third.
"All of our relays ran well," Williams said.
The 1,600-meter relay team Needham, Jordan Smith, Andy Snapp and Jacob Hoffhines finished second.
The 3,200-meter relay team Snapp, Hoffhines, Dave Gepner and Kyle Norris finished first.
Tonganoxie ran well in the distance events, failing only to place in the 100-meter and 200-meter runs and the high hurdles.
Alan Davis finished first, and Bryan Gurss finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run.
Smith finished second, Norris finished third, and Davis finished fourth in the 1,600-meter run.
Smith finished second, Snapp finished third, and Scott Aligo finished sixth in the 800-meter run.
Hoffhines was second, and Sledd was fourth in the 400-meter run. Needham placed third in the 300-meter hurdles.
"Most of our runners improved," Williams said.
Holek finished first in the long jump and second in the triple jump.
Aligo was fourth in the triple jump, and Jacob Walker was third in the long jump.
Scott Breuer finished second in the high jump. Andrew Miller was fourth in the high jump.
Dustin Schultz won the pole vault. Karl Cleavinger finished second.
While the jumpers didn't fare quite as well as they had at Baldwin, the throwers added some points at Lansing.
Jimmy Walker finished fourth, and Bryan Breshears finished fifth in the shot put.
Robert Ottens finished third and Aaron Knipp finished fourth in the discus.
Tony Miller finished second and Andrew Miller finished third in the javelin.
Despite the first-place finish, Williams said the team still could improve.
"The competition wasn't as stiff as it was at Baldwin," Williams said.
The Tonganoxie squad isn't at full strength a fact that encourages Bill Shaw, girls track coach.
Erin Seymour, injured foot, Keri Walker, tendinitis, Ashley Baggett, stress fracture, Megan Needham, pulled muscle, and Andrea Korb, broken wrist, are among the team's injured athletes.
"We still haven't four-evented yet," Shaw said.
When the girls recover from their injuries and begin competing in more events, Shaw is confident they will be able to compete with Lansing, the team that beat them last week.
At Lansing, Bryce Downey and Laura Korb led the team with four first-place finishes.
Downey won the high jump and triple jump. Korb won the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run.
Other first-place finishers were Arrika Reeder in the 100-meter run and Wendy Altman in the javelin.
The most inspirational effort of the day, however, came in the 300-meter hurdles.
Jennifer Reischman hit the fourth hurdle, fell down, rolled twice on the track and got back up. She finished third.
"That, I thought, was a tremendous effort," Shaw said.
Aimee Eisman placed second, and Jessica Crupper placed fifth in the same race.
Reischman also finished third in the 100-meter hurdles. Eisman was fourth and Erin O'Brien was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Cara Langston finished sixth in the 3,200-meter run. Alicia Stauch finished third in the 400-meter run. Needham finished sixth in the 200-meter run.
Altman finished fourth and Cassie Skaggs finished fifth in the shot put. O'Brien was second in the discus.
Three relay teams placed. The 1,600-meter relay team Stauch, Aubrey Mikijanis, Downey and Laura Korb finished third. The 3,200-meter relay team Stauch, Crupper, Stephanie Chenoweth and Mikijanis finished third. The 400-meter relay team Needham, Eisman, Downey and Reeder finished third.