Grizzle, Pistora tops in 4A state javelin
Roxie Grizzle picked the right time to peak.
The Tonganoxie High junior was on target Saturday morning at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships in Wichita, launching a throw of 151 feet, 9 inches for first place in the Class 4A girls javelin competition.
Grizzle was in the driver's seat from the get-go near Cessna Stadium, on the Wichita State University campus, as her first throw was her best. Three of her next five throws also were better than the rest of the field. One of thos throws sailed out of bounds.
Grizzle's teammate Ali Pistora, who has battled back and forth with Grizzle the past two years as two of the top javelin throwers in the nation, finished second at state for the second consecutive year. Pistora, a senior who last week signed with Kansas State to continue her javelin career with the Wildcats, finished the day with a best throw of 141-3.
Pistora's storied THS career came to an end at Wichita State, a stretch that included medals every year at state. She finished fourth as a freshman, third as a sophomore and second as a junior. The natural progression pointed to a first-place finish this season, but her teammate stood in her way of that final step up the ladder.
Grizzle's younger sister, Roni, a sophomore, also brought home a silver. She finished second in the shot put with a 41-8 heave. First place went to Iola senior Jackie Rogers, who finished 42-6.75.
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