THS track teams win regional championships
Seven Chieftains win individual titles
Wamego It wasn't certain for one of the teams until after the final event of the evening was completed at Wamego, but Tonganoxie High's girls and boys track teams won Class 4A regional championships Friday night.
While the girls' team title was never really in question - the Chieftains finished with 130 points, 73 points ahead of runner-up Piper - the boys' title wasn't decided until the end of the 4x400 relay event.
Austin Stone, Bret Koch, D.J. Lindsay and Jeremy Carlisle led THS to a third-place finish in that race, and even though Clay Center's team finished ahead of them, taking second in the event, the Chieftains did just well enough to edge the Tigers in the team standings. The final tally for team points was THS 73.5, CCHS 72.
The regional titles were made possible by great performances across the board by both squads as THS athletes won individual regional championships in eight events, including a pair of championships for senior Roxi Grizzle, who finished first in the girls shot put and javelin events.
Tonganoxie Girls Individual Champions
Christy Weller, 800-meter, 2:20.14
Tracie Hileman, triple jump, 34 feet, 2 inches
Roxi Grizzle, shot put, 39 feet, 2.5 inches; javelin, 144 feet, 7.5 inches
Roni Grizzle, discus, 116 feet, 2.5 inches
Tonganoxie Boys Individual Champions
D.J. Lindsay, 200-meter, 22.79
Kendrick Whittington, high jump, 6 feet, 6 inches
Gabe Belobrajdic, javelin, 177 feet, 7 inches
Obviously, all of those THS athletes who won regional championships earned a spot at state, but numerous other Chieftains also punched their tickets to state in Wichita next week by finishing in the top four of their respective events.
Tonganoxie Girls State Qualifiers (champions excluded)
400-meter - 3. Christina Rubio, 1:01.63
800-meter - 2. Andie Jeannin, 2:22.51
100-meter hurdles - 2. Tracie Hileman, 15.89
4x400 relay - 2. Andie Jeannin, Megan Puhr, Christina Rubio, Christy Weller, 4:07.2
4x800 relay - 2. Andie Jeannin, Katie Chenoweth, Megan Puhr, Christy Weller, 10:23.98
High jump - 3. Tracie Hileman, 5-0
Pole vault - 4. Abby Eisman, 8-6
Long jump - 2. Tracie Hileman, 16-8.25
Shot put - 2. Roni Grizzle, 38-1.25
Javelin - 2. Chrissie Jeannin, 129-5.5; 4. Roni Grizzle, 119-5
Tonganoxie Boys State Qualifiers (champions excluded)
100-meter - 2. D.J. Lindsay, 11.45
800-meter - 2. Jeremy Carlisle, 1:57.58
4x100 relay - 4. Bret Koch, Jason Espeland, Jeremy Carlisle, D.J. Lindsay, 44.68
4x400 relay - 3. Austin Stone, Bret Koch, D.J. Lindsay, Jeremy Carlisle, 3:28.8
4x800 relay - 4. Pat Holton, Tommy Heskett, David Powell, Jeremy Carlisle, 9:16.75
Pole vault - 4. Jake Willis, 11-0
Discus - 4. Tyler Gurss, 133-5
Six other Chieftains fell just short of state in their events, but still scored points for THS that led to the regional team titles.
Other Tonganoxie Girls Results
1,600-meter - 6. Lauren Hall, 5:59.8
Shot put - 6. Dominique Grizzle, 33-0.5
Discus - 6. Elise Drennan, 87-9
Other Tonganoxie Boys Results
400-meter - 5. Austin Stone, 53.75
High jump - tie-5. Austin Smith, 6-0
Triple jump - 5. Dylan Scates, 41-1.5
For more on Friday's regional, as well as a look at the upcoming state track meet in Wichita, see the May 21 edition of The Mirror.