Chieftain girls breeze to team title; boys take second without Norris, Miller
Friday turned out to be a decent day for a track meet.
It also was a nice day for the Tonganoxie High girls team.
Although morning showers weren't encouraging, the sky cleared up for the Eudora Invitational later that day. And despite a gusty wind, the weather overall was accommodating.
"The wind was a factor," THS coach Bill Shaw said. "But in a meet like that where its cold or windy, you're not worried about the time, you're trying to place."
The Chieftains took first with 97 points. Eudora was the closest competitor with 72.
"We felt we had a really strong showing," Shaw said. There were 13 schools. It definitely was a tough field.
THS had five first-place finishes -- Kelly Breuer in the javelin, Laura Jeannin in the 1,600, and Katie Jeannin in the 800 and the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Lauren Donnelly grabbed a silver in the pole vault, as did the throwers relay. Rachel Weston also tied for second.
Jennifer Reischman won a bronze medal in the 100 meter hurdles, while Weston took fourth in the pole vault. Tori King (400), Heather Helm (300 hurdles) and Megan Holton (3,200) placed fourth in their events.
Taking fifth place in their events were Rebekah Mages (javelin), Kylie Ritchey (triple jump), and Madison Weller in the 400 meters.
Donnelly also took sixth in the high jump, Heather Deaver sixth in the discus and Weston sixth in the 300 hurdles.
THS heads back Friday to Eudora for the Cardinal Relays.
Tonganoxie couldn't manage another team title this season at the Eudora Invitational.
But then again, when two of your top scorers aren't competing, that can make a difference.eniors Andrew Miller and Kyle Norris participated at the Kansas Relays on Friday in Lawrence instead of Eudora's meet.
Miller just missed the finals in the javelin and finished 13th out of 22 with a 157-04 throw.
Norris, who planned to run in the 800 and 1,600, only ran in the 800 because weather cancelled the 1,600. Norris finished 22nd in the 800 with a time of 2:00.35.
As for Tonganoxie, the Chieftains finished second at Eudora with 84.5 points without two of their top scorers. Eudora won its home meet with 107 points.
"Team-wise it was a big difference because that's probably 35 points or more for those two," THS coach Phil Williams said.
Senior Jacob Walker scored Tonganoxie's only gold medal with a 41-10.5 showing in the triple jump. Walker also took second in the long jump with a 19-11.75 leap, but said a windy day didn't provide the best conditions.
"It kind of messes me up," Walker said. "It gets my mark off."
Junior Billy Baska took fifth in the triple jump with a 40-3.25 jump and third in the long jump with a 19-8.25 mark.
Nick Stein has been providing the Chieftains with points in the shot put. The junior had a 45-8 heave that placed second. James Hartshorn, who moved from baseball team in the preseason, took sixth with a 42-6 mark. Senior Clayton McDaniel also is expected to produce once he returns in the next two weeks. McDaniel has been out with a broken hand.
"We're scoring a lot more in the shot put than we have been," Williams said.
Other Chieftains who placed were Joe Calovich (third) and Shane Howard (tied for fifth) in the high jump, Chad Starcher in the pole vault (sixth), Matt Madeira in the 400 (third) and Shane Howard in the 300 hurdles (third). Howard also took second in the 110 hurdles. Senior Justin Palmer placed fifth in the javelin and sophomore Andy Kolman also took fifth in the 1,600.
Tonganoxie placed fifth in the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relays. The Chieftains took second in the throwers' relay.
The Chieftains are back in action Friday in Eudora at the Cardinal Relays.