Boys roll, girls take third at Eudora Relays
Andrew Miller literally took a few steps forward Friday at the Eudora Relays.
The senior faltered in the javelin at the Kansas Relays the week before, but responded with more than a sports cliche in Eudora.
Using a 15-step approach instead of his standard 10-step start, Miller threw a personal-best 177 feet, 11 inches and sealed a gold medal.
"I'm sure that had everything to do with it," Miller said. "It gives you more speed."
Miller came back from a disappointing 157-4 throw in Lawrence a week before for the first-place finish. Chris Clark provided points in the javelin also with a fifth-place finish (136-7).
Overall, Tonganoxie clinched the team title with 115 points, 12 ahead of second-place Sabetha. Perry-Lecompton was third with 82.
Seniors Miller, Jacob Walker and Kyle Norris sparked Tonganoxie's victory. Walker won the long jump (19-8) and the triple jump (42-6.75), while Kyle Norris also had two golds in the 1,600 (4:37.3) and the 800 (2:04.3). Tony Aligo was sixth in the 800 with a 2:09.9 time.
The Chieftains placed the most athletes in the high jump as Joe Calovich took third (6-0) and Matt Chenoweth and Shane Howard tied for fifth with a 5-8 jump.
At 19-2.75, Billy Baska placed second in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump (39-5).
Nick Stein helped in the throwing events with a 45-8 third-place throw in the shot put.
In the pole vault, Mark O'Brien took third (10-5) and Travis Andrews was fifth with the same height.
Shane Howard won silvers in the high hurdles (15.8) and the low hurdles (42.7).
Tonganoxie finished out the meet with a second-place finish in the 4x800 (8:40.3) and a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 (3:43.3). The Chieftains' 4x100 team was in the middle of the pack in its race, but fumbled the baton in the last leg of the relay.
The Chieftains will compete in the Blazer Invitational at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Gardner-Edgerton High School.
Many Chieftains had personal bests at Eudora, but Tonganoxie faced what coach Bill Shaw called the team's best competition of the year.
"Sabetha is the powerhouse of the north and Baldwin is the powerhouse down south," Shaw said. "We'd like to think we're pretty decent."
Baldwin finished first with 126, Sabetha was second with 113 and Tonganoxie placed third with 80.
Senior Jennifer Reischman nabbed the team's lone gold medal with a 16.6 time in the high hurdles. Sara Bradley took second in the shot put (33-8), while Katie Jeannin placed second in the 800 (2:32.2). Bradley also placed fourth in the discus with a 94-8 throw.
Rebekah Mages placed third in the high jump with a 4-8 leap, the same height as Rachel Weston, who took fifth. Weston also was sixth in the pole vault with a 7-0 clearance. Weston then took fourth in both the high hurdles (17.5) and the 300 hurdles (51.1). Heather Helm placed third in the 300 hurdles with a 51.1 time.
Kylie Ritchey placed fifth in the triple jump (30-.5) and sixth in the long jump (14-0), while Tori King was fifth in the 400.
In distance events, Laura Jeannin took third in the 1,600 with a 5:53.4 time. Elizabeth Smith finished the 3,200 in 14:13.1, good for a sixth-place finish.
In the 4x800, the Chieftains took second with a 10:20.7 time. The 4x400, meanwhile, was third with a 4:30.2 finish.
Tonganoxie heads to the Blazer Invitational at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Gardner-Edgerton High School.