THS girls in esteemed group
The Kansas Relays will have something it hasn't had in some time -- Tonganoxie High girls track athletes competing in the tradition-rich event.
THS coach Chris Weller said six Chieftain track members will be competing at 79th annual Kansas Relays, which run Thursday through Saturday at Memorial Stadium on the Kansas University campus in Lawrence.
Sarah Hartshorn, Roni Grizzle, Roxi Grizzle, Ali Pistora, Jennifer Wagner and Christy Weller will compete at the event, which attracts high school, college and Olympic athletes to Lawrence.
Weller said that in the 12 years he's been coaching track at Tonganoxie, this year marks the most THS athletes to compete at the relays.
"I don't know whether we've taken more athletes as far as girls go, but it's the most since I've been around," Weller said.
The THS coach said his athletes have the chance to shine against some stiff competition.
"I think they all have a legit chance of placing if they just perform well," Weller said.
Roni Grizzle will compete in the shot put and discus, while her sister, Roxi, will compete in the shot and javelin.
Hartshorn will compete in the shot and discus; Pistora in the high jump and javelin.
In running events, Wagner will compete in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. Weller will run the 800.
THS boys coach Phil Williams said he would not be sending any athletes to the relays.