Pistora provides all of Tonganoxie’s points after first day of state track meet
Ali Pistora placed third in the javelin and fifth in Class 4A competition at the state track meet Friday in Wichita, putting Tonganoxie in third place in the team standings after the first day of competition.
Pistora, who had the best regional javelin throw entering the state meet, placed third with a throw of 137 feet, 8 inches.
Pistora's best throw came in her first attempt. She had the lead after her first throw, but Labette County's Katelyne Penner took the lead for good on her second attempt. After fouling in her first attempt, she launched the javelin 149 feet even in her second attempt and eventually won the event. Towanda-Circle's Kelsey Loop took second with a 141-05 throw.
In the high jump, Pistora's 5-2 height gave her a second place finish.
Another Labette County athlete, Jennifer Robinson, placed first in the high jump as well. Last year, Pistora placed 12th in the high jump and fourth in the javelin.
Thanks to Pistora, Tonganoxie scored nine points after Friday's events, putting them behind Labette County (20) and Buhler (10).
In other action, Rachel Weston and Jennifer Wagner competed in the 100 and 300 hurdles respectively. Weston did not advance to finals, as she had the 12th best overall time at 16.66 seconds. The top seven runners advance to finals Saturday. Wagner, meanwhile, missed the finals by two-tenths of a second. She finished the race with a 48.65 time.
Amber Sanborn competed in the long jump Friday morning, but did not place.
On the boys side, Travis Guthrie competed in the javelin, but did not advance. Tonganoxie's 4x400 team also missed the finals after competing in its preliminary heat.
On Saturday, Wagner will compete in the pole vault, Christy Weller will run in her first state meet in the 800, and Sarah Hartshorn will compete in the shot put. The 4x800 boys team of Andy Kolman, Matt Chenoweth, John Davis and Levi Huseman also will compete.
Check back to The Mirror's Web site for more from the state meet at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium.