Boys track ties for sixth
Tonganoxie tied for sixth out of 11 teams Friday at the Gardner-Edgerton meet.
Phil Williams, Tonganoxie boys track coach, said the team score didn't reflect strong individual performances at the meet.
"Team-wise we were down a little bit mainly because it was a really tough meet," Williams said.
Paola, a 5A school, Gardner-Edgerton, Wellsville, DeSoto and Louisburg finished ahead of Tonganoxie.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Andy Snapp, Kyle Norris, Jacob Hoffhines and Jordan Smith placed second in 8:28.
"They ran their fastest time of the year by about 10 seconds," Williams said.
Tyler Wise placed second in the high jump with a personal best jump of six foot, one inch. Scott Breuer placed third, clearing five feet, 10 inches.
Williams said Kyle Norris ran the fastest freshman time ever for Tonganoxie in the 1,600-meter run. Norris finished sixth in 4:41.7.
Smith is running consistently in the 800-meter run, Williams said. He finished third in 2:03.1.
Tony Miller threw the javelin 149 feet, nine inches, a personal best that was good enough for sixth place.
Wise placed fourth and Mark Gepner place sixth in the pole vault.
Rodney Lobb placed sixth in the 100-meter dash. Matt Needham finished fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
The 400-meter relay team placed fourth, finishing in 46.5 seconds. The 1,600-meter relay team placed fifth, finishing in 3:47 seconds.
"We didn't place in an awful lot of events," Williams said.
Tonganoxie placed only 10 athletes in individual events, and no Tonganoxie athlete placed first.
Joey Holek did not compete because of an injury. Normally he would place in the long jump and triple jump, Williams said.
The Chieftains ran at their home meet Tuesday at Beatty Field.