Girls track nabs second Thursday
For the first time this season, the Tonganoxie High girls track team did not take first in the team standings.
The girls won the Lansing Invitational and the Bobcat Relays, but had to settle for second Thursday at the Eudora Invitational. The Chieftains likely would have scored more points, but Roxi Grizzle, Ronnie Grizzle and Tracie Hileman did not compete because they were playing against Mill Valley in THS softball action that day.
Eudora won its home meet with 153.5 points. THS scored 98.75.
"I think overall we did pretty well," THS coach Chris Weller said. "Sarah Hartshorn really stepped up I thought."
Hartshorn won the discus with a throw of 119 feet, 3 inches. She also placed second in the shot with a 37-5 throw.
Shannon Carlin also finished second in the long jump with a 15-9 leap.
In the javelin, Ali Pistora had her top throw this season with a 128-9 throw, good for a gold medal. Pistora also placed second in the high jump.
Jennifer Wagner, competing in the 300 hurdles, finished about 3.5 seconds behind Eudora's Emily Ballock, who won the event at state last year. Wagner finished the event in 48.9 seconds. She also placed second in the pole vault with an 8-foot height and third in the 100 hurdles with a 16.3 time.
Weller said he was especially impressed with Amber Sanborn, who placed third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump. She had a 31-0 distance in the triple jump and a 14-11 distance in the long jump.
"Amber Sanborn keeps getting points," Weller said. "She just keeps improving."
Sanborn has set a new personal record in about every meet, Weller said. And, she has medaled in every meet.
Another top performer was Christy Weller, who placed second in the 800 with a 2:30.1 time.
Tonganoxie will send many of its athletes back Friday to Eudora for the Cardinal Relays, however a few top performers will compete Friday at the Kansas Relays.
Travis Guthrie remained perfect on the young track season with another first-place finish in the javelin, but Tonganoxie as a team finished fourth, its lowest team place after three meets.
"Travis Guthrie has been pretty consistent," THS coach Phil Williams said.
Tonganoxie, as a team, scored 68 points. Bonner Springs, which also won the Bobcat Relays, finished first at Eudora with 87. Louisburg took second (77) and Ottawa third (72).
"We didn't have as good a meet as we've been having," Williams said. "It seems like we have a letdown in the middle of the season every year this time of year, so hopefully we'll bounce back for next week."
Although some performances Thursday weren't as good as Williams had anticipated, he was pleased with B.T. Fleming's throws in the discus. Fleming has consistently thrown in the 120-foot range.
The Chieftains will look to challenge for their second meet title of the season when they travel Friday back to Eudora for the Cardinal Relays.
1. Eudora, 153.5; 2. Tonganoxie, 98.75; 3. Santa Fe Trail, 53; 4. Anderson County, 44.25; 5. Pembroke Hill, 36; 6. Ottawa, 34. 7. Paola, 27; 8. Osawatomie, 16; 9. McLouth, 15; 10. Spring Hill, 13; 11. Bonner Springs, 5.75;
1. Bonner Springs, 87; 2. Louisburg, 77; 3. Ottawa, 72; 4. Spring Hill, 68; 5. Tonganoxie, 55; 6. Paola, 53; 7. Santa Fe Trail, 33; 8. Eudora, 41; 9. Anderson County, 28; 10. Pembroke Hill, 22; 11. Osawatomie, 6; 12. Perry-Lecompton, 6; 13. McLouth, 0.
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