Boys capture Cardinal Relays title
On a chilly night in Eudora, the Tonganoxie High boys track team emerged as the team champion at the Cardinal Relays, a week after taking second at the Eudora Invitational.
The Chieftains finished with 105 points, nearly 40 points ahead of Eudora, which scored 69. Baldwin, which sent some of its athletes to the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, scored 50 for sixth place.
Tonganoxie's Sam Mitchell earned a gold medal with a jump of 20 feet, 1/2 inch in the long jump.
And it was a big day for Jeff Hughes as he placed in four events. He also won the high jump (5-10), took second in the triple jump (38-10) and finished sixth in the high hurdles (19.7).
Matt Chenoweth was close behind Hughes in the high jump in second at 5-8.
Kaleb Lawrence had Tonganoxie's third gold medal on the day. He won the 100 with an 11.3 time. Zach Ditty finished sixth at 12.1.
Lawrence also finished second in the 200 with a 23.6 time.
Tonganoxie was without Levi Huseman, who competed at the Kansas Relays. The THS senior participated in the 800, but did not place.
Tonganoxie now has won all but one of its track meets this season. The Chieftains will get another stiff test Friday when they head to the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational.
It was dark, it was cold, but Tonganoxie was braving the elements at the Cardinal Relays.
Competing in the early evening in the pole vault, Rachael Weston and Jennifer Wagner made their way through the chilled breeze for second and third-place finishes respectively in the pole vault. Weston had cleared 8-0, while Wagner finished at 7-6.
"That showed me a lot of courage for them to take their sweats off and run down that lane," THS coach Chris Weller said.
The Chieftains had three first-place finishes -- Sarah Hartshorn in the discus (113-6), Tracie Hileman in the long jump (15-9 1/4) and Weston in the high hurdles (16.3). Tonganoxie finished second with 115. Eudora won their home meet with 134 points.
"We did OK for as cold as it was," Weller said. "Conditions were miserable.
"Eudora was in full force."
Other top finishes included Ali Pistora taking second in the javelin with a 124-0 throw and second in the high jump at 4-8. Hileman tied her for second in the event, while Weston finished fifth. Hileman also placed third in the triple jump with a 30-5 1/2 leap and was fifth in the high hurdles.
"Hileman I thought did a really good job for a freshman as cold as it was," Weller said.
The hurdles again were good events for Tonganoxie. Wagner's second-place finish in the 300 hurdles helped THS secure four places in the two events.
"Bill Shaw's hurdlers still are doing an extremely good job," Weller said.
Christy Weller again performed well in the 800. She won a silver with a 2:35.8 time.
Baldwin, which is one of the top teams in the state, finished third with 98. Weller said the Bulldogs sent three of their top athletes to the Kansas Relays.
The teams again will meet at regionals next month in Tonganoxie.
The Chieftains will travel Friday to Gardner-Edgerton, a traditionally strong meet that will include Kaw Valley League foe Mill Valley and former KVL member De Soto.