Archive for Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Making their marks

THS track athletes have broken 10 school records in last five years

June 7, 2006

Take a quick glance at the school record board southwest of the track at Beatty Field and one will find several records that have stood for years.

However, an increasing number of records are being broken by more recent Tonganoxie High track stars.

Since 2001, there have been 10 new records set in THS boys and girls track.

On the girls side, three new records were this season.

Junior Jennifer Wagner set the new intermediate hurdles record with a 47.62-second finish.

In the discus, senior Sarah Hartshorn threw a new school record of 135 feet, 3 inches. And in the javelin, junior Ali Pistora broke her own school record with a 154-6 throw. Teammate Roxie Grizzle had the school record with a 148-1 throw earlier this season, but Pistora reclaimed the school record.

Both Hartshorn and Pistora finished second at this year's state meet in their respective events.

On the boys side, Kent Fleming set a new school mark in the discus with a 158-2 throw.

In the spring, the senior broke the school record, which had been held since 1987 when Mike Sample threw the discus 155-9.

Last season, Christy Weller broke the girls 800 record with a 2:22.1 time.

And, in 2004, Rachel Weston set the high hurdles record with a 16.10 time.

In fact, a school record has fallen every year since 2001.

In 2003, Jacob Walker set the boys triple jump record with a 43-6 leap. Walker, a senior that year, set the school mark at state, which helped him to a gold medal in Wichita.

Andrew Miller's throw of 179-10 in the javelin that same year is displayed as a school record also.

Although the school record is 200-0 set in 1982, Miller's throw also is considered a school record because the makeup of the javelin has changed since that time.

In 2002, the 4x800 girls relay team of Laura Jeannin, Heather Helm, Madison Weller and Katie Jeannin set a new school record with a 9:59.81 time.

And since 2001, Erin O'Brien, Rachel Weston and Jennifer Wagner all have cleared 8-6 in the girls pole vault.

Pistora's top throw not tops in the nation

Although Pistora's throw of 154-6 was thought to be the top throw in high school this spring, it turns out a Montana thrower has the top throw.

Track and Field News reports that Amy Brooks of Helena, Mont., had the nation's top throw this year. Her best throw was 155-9.

According to the publication, Pistora's throw would be No. 3 in the nation.

Courtney Kirkwood of Othello, Wash., took the No. 2 spot -- barely.

Kirkwood's best throw was 154-7, an inch better than Pistora's throw.

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