Girls track nets second at regional meet
Sarah Hartshorn has one last crack at bringing home a medal from state.
Hartshorn again advanced to state after winning the discus and taking second in the shot put at Friday's Class 4A regional in Tonganoxie.
Hartshorn won the discus with a throw of 131 feet, 5 inches. She also placed second in the shot put with a 38-5 1/4 throw.
THS girls coach Chris Weller said he was happy for Hartshorn, who will be the only THS senior competing at the state meet Friday and Saturday in Wichita.
"She's worked hard," Weller said. "She's got the stamina of a senior."
Hartshorn helped the Chieftains to a second-place finish at regionals, just behind Eudora. The Cardinals finished with 103 points, while Tonganoxie had 95.
Weller said it's the first time in his 12 years as a Tonganoxie track coach that the Chieftains finished that high on the girls side.
Hartshorn is one of six athletes headed to Wichita, and all of them will be competing in multiple events. Roxie Grizzle will compete in the shot and javelin, while Ali Pistora will compete in the javelin and high jump.
Tracie Hileman qualified for the long jump and triple jump, while Christy Weller will participate in the pole vault and the 800.
And then there's Jennifer Wagner.
She will compete in the pole vault and the 100 and 300 hurdles. Last year, Wagner competed at state in the pole vault and the 300 hurdles. In the pole vault, she finished with an 8-0 height and in the hurdles, Wagner just missed advancing to the finals.
"I was happy," Wagner said about Friday's state berths. "I want to redeem myself from last year."
Wagner placed third in both the pole vault (8-6) and the 300 hurdles (48.1) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.8).
Wagner's performances impressed assistant coach Bill Shaw, who said Wagner was battling a muscle strain in her calf.
"That's pure guts," Shaw said. "She's got the heart."
Jeff Hughes just missed a state berth last year.
This season, with a little encouragement from a former state champion, Hughes will compete in the triple jump at the state meet at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.
Tonganoxie alumnus Jacob Walker stood near the sand pit at Friday's regional. Walker, in 2003, broke his own school record at the state meet with a 43-foot-6-inch mark, which