Chieftains grab gold at Lansing
Boys earn six first-place finishes; girls bring home eight gold medals
The cold weather didn't slow down Tonganoxie High School track teams.
The boys' squad finished second at the Lansing Invitational last week to Pleasant Hill, Mo.
The THS boys earned six gold medals. Jeff Price placed first in pole vault at 11 feet, 6 inches, while Kendrick Whittington took first in high jump at 6-4. In the 110 hurdles, Chris Jordan won gold with a time of 17.04 seconds. Jordon also placed first in the 300 hurdles in 43.05. In the javelin, Travis Guthrie had a first-place throw of 163-11. And the Tonganoxie 4x800 relay team finished first in 9:15.78.
"I thought for as cold and windy as it was, our kids competed," THS coach Phil Williams said. "They didn't worry about it."
Other top performers included Jeff Hughes in the triple jump (42-0), Chris Price in the 1,600 (5:06.93) and Hughes in the 110 hurdles (17.296). Chris Price also earned a silver in the 3,200 with an 11:04 time. Colin Perkins finished third one second behind Price, while David Powell placed sixth in 11:51.
Zeb Kissinger was right behind Guthrie in the javelin in second with a 160-4 throw.
Another big performer in his first meet was Austin Smith, who placed third in the high jump, clearing 6-0.
THS girls track
The Chieftains girls outdid the boys in the gold-medal department.
Tonganoxie snagged eight gold medals at Lansing.
In field events, Ali Pistora won the high jump at 5-4, Tracie Hileman won the long jump (15-6), and Roni Grizzle claimed gold in the discus and shot. She threw the discus 102-8 and the shot put 38-4 1/2. Sister Roxie Grizzle won the javelin with a 153-7 toss.
Hileman also won the triple jump with 32-6 mark.
On the track, Rachel Bogard took home gold in the 100 hurdles in 16.69, while Jennifer Wagner won 300 hurdles in 53.22
Hileman finished the day placing in four events. Along with winning the long jump and the triple jump, she also finished second in the 100 hurdles (16.71) and second in high jump (5-2).
In fact, two events saw the Chieftains go 1-2-3 in placings.
Along with Grizzle winning the javelin, Pistora placed second (131-6) and Chrissie Jeannin third (107-0).
In the 100 hurdles, Wagner placed third (16.98), joining Bogard and Hileman for the sweep.
While the Grizzle siblings dominated field events, the Jeannin cousins fared well in the 800. Chrissie placed second in 2:42.74 and cousin Andie Jeannin was sixth in 2:53.88.
Team results from the meet were not available.
Tonganoxie will compete again at 4 p.m. Friday in at the Bobcat Relays at Basehor-Linwood High School in Basehor.
The meet originally was scheduled for last Thursday, but inclement weather forced officials to reschedule.
"I was relieved that it was postponed," Williams said. " First, weather was going to be really miserable Thursday. And second, all of our kids were stiff and sore (from the Lansing meet two days earlier).
The Chieftains will compete again at 4 p.m. April 19 at Eudora.