Chieftain teams roll at Bobcat Relays
Girls win by more than 130 points; boys finish second to Bonner Springs
Midway through Friday's Bobcat Relays, the meet announcer delivered news of the team scores.
Tonganoxie had 94 points in first place -- the second place team, Perry-Lecompton, had 10.
That was the story of this year's Bobcat Relays on the girls side.
The Chieftains eventually ran away with the team title with 227.5 points. Second-place Sumner Academy scored a distant 94.5.
Tonganoxie made the most news in the shot put.
Roxi Grizzle, Ronnie Grizzle and Sarah Hartshorn finished 1-2-3 in the event. All three broke the previous Bobcat Relays record.
Roxi's top throw was 38 feet, 3 inches, while her sister, Ronnie, was close behind at 38-0. Hartshorn, meanwhile, had a top throw of 37-0.
In discus, the three throwers again racked up big-time points.
Hartshorn won the event with a 119-2 throw, while Ronnie placed second with a 109-7 toss. Roxi, this time, had to settle for third with a 103-6 throw. Roxi Grizzle also won the javelin with a 134-5 throw, while Ali Pistora finished second at 119-0.
The Chieftains also scored gold medals in the 300 hurdles, long jump, high jump, throwers relay and the 800.
Jennifer Wagner won the 300 hurdles with a 50.79 time, while Pistora finished first in the high jump with a 5-0 height. In the 800, Christy Weller struck gold with a 2:40.27 time.
And in the long jump, Tonganoxie again swept the top three spots.
Tracie Hileman placed first (15-8 1/2), Shannon Carlin second (14-11 1/2) and Amber Sanborn third (14-9 1/2).
The Chieftains will travel Thursday to Eudora for their third meet of the season.
A strong Bonner Springs squad prevented the Tonganoxie boys from duplicating the THS girls' feat.
Tonganoxie scored 116 points, but Bonner Springs tallied 146 for the team title.
The Chieftains fared well in the throwing events.
Kent Fleming won the discus with a 138-7 throw, as his brother, B.T. Fleming, placed third with a 121-2 mark.
Travis Guthrie won gold in the javelin with a 159-11 throw, followed by Jeff Hughes, who placed third with a 133-6 throw.
In the high jump, Kendrick Whittington had a big day, placing second with a 6-0 height behind Bonner Springs standout Eddie McClain, who finished with a 6-4 height.
Other top performers for Tonganoxie were Micah Titterington in the 110 hurdles (third, 17.21) and Whittington in the long jump (third, 20-0 1/2).
Tonganoxie will seek its second team title of the season when it travels Thursday to Eudora.
1. Tonganoxie, 227.5; 2. Sumner Academy, 94.5; 3. Perry-Lecompton, 62.5; 4. Basehor-Linwood, 53.5; 5. Lansing, 48.5; 6. Bishop Ward, 30; 7. Bonner Springs, 29; 8. Piper, 14.5; 9. Kansas City Turner, 14
1. Bonner Springs, 146; 2. Tonganoxie, 116; 3. Lansing, 72; 4. KC-Turner, 61; 5. Piper, 44; 6. Sumner, 33; 7. Perry, 33; 8. Bishop Ward, 27; 9. Basehor-Linwood, 26.