Tonganoxie teams finish in top 10 at prestigious Rim Rock Classic
Tonganoxie High coach Phil Williams normally sends just his varsity boys and girls squad to the prestigious Rim Rock Classic north of Lawrence.
But Saturday, he opted to also send junior varsity and freshmen.
The THS coach wasn't disappointed with the results.
"I was glad we did because we ended up with quite a few medals in JV and C-team," Williams said. "That's the first time we had that many kids medal."
On the boys side, Matt Brock medaled in the varsity race. He finished 11th with a time of 17 minutes, 51 seconds.
In the junior varsity race, Justin Smith finished 14th with an 18:54 time, while Tim Beeman placed 19th with a 19:01 time.
And in the C-team race, Ryan Stockman placed 13th (13:11), Kavet Letourneau 17th (13:15) and Cooper Gish 21st (13:17).
"Justin Smith had a really good race in the boys junior varsity race," Williams said. "If you would put his time up there in the varsity he would have been in really good shape."
On the girls side, Christy Weller placed fifth in 16:27, while Andie Jeannin wasn't far behind in 12th with a 16:49. They both medaled in the varsity race, as did Jennifer Wagner in the C-team race. Wagner placed 11th in 14:11 on the two-mile course, which was a half-mile shorter than varsity and junior varsity.
Wagner has been hampered by leg injuries and opted for the shorter race in case she couldn't finish.
"I think she felt better after that," Williams said of Wagner placing in the C-team race.
Addy Phelps, another regular varsity runner, has been ill and did not compete.
Williams also praised Weller for the junior's fifth-place finish.
"Christy Weller had the best race she's had since she was a freshmen, at least," Williams said.
Weller suffered a knee injury in physical education class before the state meet in 2004.
Last year, she battled through chest pains during the season as a sophomore.
Tonganoxie will compete Thursday at Shawnee Mission Park at the Mill Valley Invitational. And Oct. 12, the squad will travel to the Wyandotte County Park for the Kaw Valley League meet. Piper will host that meet.
Rim rock results
1. Kearney, Mo., 75; 2. Omaha-Skutt Catholic, Neb., 90; 3. Park Hill, Mo., 116; 4. Blair, Mo., 126; 5. Maranatha, 134; 6. Tonganoxie, 174; 7. Fort Osage, Mo., 221; 8. Olathe North, 226; 9. Eudora, 250; 10. Riley County, 279; 11. Jeff West, 317; 12. Hillsboro, 328; 13. Sabetha, 348; 14. Sunrise Christian; 15. Lansing, 389; 16. Topeka-Hayden, 414; 17. Girard, 469.
Individual THS results
11. Matt Brock, 17:51; 31. Chris Price, 18:39; 36. Colin Perkins, 18:51; 48. David Powell, 19:04; 71. Dalton Lawson, 19:41; 84. Michael Shaw, 19:54; 90. Patrick Holton, 20:06.
14. Justin Smith, 18:54; 19. Tim Beeman, 19:01; 62. John Davis, 19:56; 78. Kazy Fukuyasu, 20:14; 96. Robert Grotherton, 20:36; 136. Matt Titterington, 21:24.
13. Ryan Stockman, 13:11; 17. Kavet Letourneau, 13:15; 21, Cooper Gish, 13:17; 26. Caleb Iamkui, 13:39; 27. Dylan Howe, 13:41.
1. Kearney, Mo., 76; 2. Excelsior Springs, Mo., 130; 3. Omaha-Skutt Catholic, Neb., 146; 4. Maranatha, 149; 5. Basehor-Linwood, 156; 6. Remington, 170; 7. Fort Osage, Mo., 184; 8. Pembroke Hill, 216; 9. Tonganoxie, 221; 10. Sunrise Christian, 228; 11. Olathe North, 241; 12. Girard, 256; 13. Hayden, 261; 14. Jeff West, 339; 15. St. James, 387.
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