Records crumble at meets
Call it dueling javelins.
Last month, Roxie Grizzle set a new school record with a throw of 148 feet, 1 inch at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence. The winning throw at the high-profile track meet also broke a school record last year set by -- teammate Ali Pistora.
On Friday, at the Shawnee Mission North Relays, Pistora one-upped her teammate.
Pistora threw a career-best 148-2, good enough for first place at the meet, but also just far enough to take back the school record.
Of course, as the teammates have proved throughout this year, neither will go down without a challenge. Grizzle nearly overtook Pistora in the finals, but her 148-0 throw fell just short.
Still, the teammates finished 1-2 at the meet, which was held at Shawnee Mission South because of renovations to the SMN stadium.
With the throws, Pistora and Grizzle solidified themselves as top throwers in the state.
Pistora regained her top spot in the school record books, but another Chieftain thrower shattered another record last week at the Piper Relays.
Kent Fleming threw the discus 158-2 in the finals. The throw broke the previous best of 155-9, set nearly 20 years ago by Mike Sample. The former Chieftain set the then-school record in 1987.
Kent's brother, B.T. Fleming, finished second with a 139-10 throw, while Tyler Gurss placed fourth with a 124-11 throw. Kent Fleming also won the shot put with a 46-9 heave. Justin McDaniel placed second with a throw of 41-11 3/4 in the event.
At the Shawnee Mission North Relays, Sarah Hartshorn, who set the school record in the discus, competed against some of the top throwers in the area. The senior threw the discus 122-2, good for second place behind Olathe East's Danielle McCray (137-8).
"I wish I could have PR'd," Hartshorn said, referring to a personal-record throw.
Although Hartshorn was pushing for a better throw, she said the SMN Relays would help her prepare for league, regionals, and hopefully, state.
"It gives you the competition when you need it for upcoming track meets," Hartshorn said.
Another Chieftain competitor hadn't lost a javelin competition entering the Shawnee Mission North Relays.
But junior Travis Guthrie, a state competitor last year, couldn't extend his streak. Guthrie placed sixth at the highly competitive meet. He finished the meet at 165-7. In other meets, some of which he won handily, he said he didn't have quite the competition.
"I finally had a couple guys behind me pushing me," Guthrie said.
Both Tonganoxie boys and girls track teams will be looking for league titles today with the Kaw Valley League meet. The meet will be held in Tonganoxie.
For complete results from the Tonganoxie Invitational, Piper Relays and SMN Relays, see future editions of The Mirror.