Chieftains take team titles at BLHS
It was two up, two down for the Tonganoxie High boys track team last week.
On April 8, the Chieftains took first at the Lansing Invitational and on Friday, THS won the Bobcat Relays at Basehor-Linwood.
"It was a cold night, but we did well," THS coach Phil Williams said about Friday's meet.
At both meets, Tonganoxie finished ahead of Lansing. On the Lions' home track, Tonganoxie had a 207-188 advantage. At Basehor, the Chieftains had a narrow 107-100 margin.
Tonganoxie sported four first-place finishes at Basehor -- Kyle Norris in the 800 and 1,600, Jacob Walker in the triple jump and Andrew Miller in the javelin. Other major finishes included Mark O'Brien in the pole vault and Tommy Powell in the 3,200. Both Chieftains finished second in their events.
Shane Howard took second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles, while Nick Stein was third in the shot put, along with Clayton McDaniel, who placed fifth. In the pole vault, Travis Andrews and Ross Starcher were fifth and sixth respectively, while Justin Palmer placed third in the javelin.
Joe Calovich took fourth in the high jump and Walker was fifth in the long jump. Matt Madeira took sixth in the 200 and fourth in the 400. The THS 4x800 relay team also took third at BLHS.
At Lansing, the Chieftains had seven first-place finishes -- Stein in the shot put, Andrew Miller in the javelin, Travis Andrews in the pole vault, Shane Howard in the 110 hurdles, Kyle Norris in the 1,600 and 800 and Tommy Powell in the 3,200.
Most Chieftains will compete Friday in Eudora, while Norris and Miller, if accepted, will compete Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Relays.
Miller would compete at 8 a.m. Friday, while Norris would run at 3 p.m. Friday (800) and 5:30 p.m. Saturday (1,600).
After taking second to Lansing in its first meet last week in Lansing, the Chieftains returned the favor Friday in the Bobcat Relays. THS scored 121 to Lansing's 118.
Tonganoxie only had two first-place finishers -- Katie Jeannin in the 800 and the 4x800 (K. Jeannin, Laura Jeannin, Madison Weller and Heather Helm), but the Chieftains scored in 11 other events and prevailed.
Laura Jeannin took second in the 1,600 and 3,200, while Megan Holton took third and Elizabeth Smith sixth in the 3,200 as well.
Smith actually fell down during the race, but recovered and scored a point for Tonganoxie. She was battling a bronchial infection as well.
"To me that's a sign of somebody with a lot of heart," THS coach Bill Shaw said. "I'd like to think that that's what characterizes our team."
Tonganoxie also took fifth in the 4x100 and third in the 4x400.
The Chieftains again dominated in the 300 hurdles, as Heather Helm, Rachael Weston and Jennifer Reischman finished second, third and fourth respectively. Sarah Bradley took second in the shot put and fourth in the discus, while Heather Deaver placed third in the discus.
Kelly Breuer, after rolling her ankle and sitting out the Lansing meet, came back to finish third in the javelin. Weston placed third in the high jump and fifth in the pole vault, while Rebekah Mages was fourth in the high jump. Lauren Donnelly tied Weston in the pole vault with a 7-foot height as well.
Tonganoxie rounded out its performance with another strong outing in the 100 hurdles. Reischman placed second, Weston third and Helm fifth in the event.
The Chieftains will continue the season Friday at Eudora.