Chieftains win four medals Friday
Grizzle, Hileman and Belobrajdic medal-winners at state
Wichita On the first of two days full of running, throwing and jumping events at Cessna Stadium, Tonganoxie High athletes won four Class 4A medals, including a second-place finish in the girls shot put by Roni Grizzle, at the state track and field meet Friday.
Grizzle, whose day started with a ninth-place finish in the discus, was the final Chieftain in action Friday afternoon and on her last throw in the girls shot put she heaved a 42 feet-8 inch throw to land a second-place medal.
THS senior Tracie Hileman had a busy Friday morning and finished sixth in the state in a pair of events - the girls long jump and high jump. Hileman came one place away from medaling in the triple jump, finishing eighth. She also finished eighth in the 100-meter high hurdles preliminary, which qualified her for Saturday morning's final.
Senior Gabe Belobrajdic won a medal in the boys javelin with a throw of 167 feet, 6 inches.
Tonganoxie athletes qualified for finals in four events, including Hileman's berth in the 100-m hurdles. D.J. Lindsay qualified for the 200-meter dash finals with a fifth-best time of 23:19. The girls 4x400 relay team - Andie Jeannin, Megan Puhr, Christina Rubio and Christy Weller - also qualified for finals with a sixth-best time of 4:06.72. The boys 4x400 team - Austin Stone, Bret Koch, D.J. Lindsay and Jeremy Carlisle - did the same, finishing with a sixth-place time of 3:30.25.
Athletes have to finish in the top seven to medal and the top eight of a prelim to qualify for finals. A few THS athletes came short of medaling or qualifying Friday.
Christina Rubio finished 13th in the girls 400-meter run preliminary.
Roxi Grizzle, who is one of the favorites in a loaded girls javelin event to be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m., finished ninth in the girls shot put.
The boys 4x100 relay team - Bret Koch, Jason Espeland, Jeremy Carlisle and D.J. Lindsay - finished 14th after some trouble on a baton exchange.
Freshman Jake Willis competed in the boys pole vault, but did not place.
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