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Several Chieftains win medals at Tonganoxie Invitational

Whitledge breaks THS high jump record at home meet

Junior Jenny Whitledge escalates in the high jump. Whitledge broke an 18-year-old school record with a jump of 5-06.25.

Junior Jenny Whitledge escalates in the high jump. Whitledge broke an 18-year-old school record with a jump of 5-06.25.

April 16, 2012

Friday marked the only opportunity for the Tonganoxie High track and field team to compete on its own turf. When it was all said and done, the Chieftains didn't disappoint.

The girls finished third with a team score of 84 and the boys took fourth with a mark of 63 at the annual Tonganoxie Invitational at Beatty Field.

The THS girls combined for four gold medals and eight top-three finishes. Junior Jenny Whitledge led the way, racking up 28 points in non-relay events. Her performance included a top finish in the high jump, in which she made school history. Her winning height of 5-06.25 — currently the second-highest mark in the state — broke the previous school record of 5.06 set by Melissa Crain in 1994.

"I couldn't believe I just cleared that bar," Whitledge said. "I've been trying since eighth grade to get to that next level."

Whitledge also tied her own school record in the long jump with a distance of 17-02. She originally set that mark last season. Additionally, she holds the Chieftains' top mark in the 300-meter hurdles.

Sophomore Haley Griffin finished second behind Whitledge with a mark of 5-04 in the high jump.

Other gold medalists on the girls side included sophomore Jessica Rubio and junior Holley Thompson. Rubio won the pole vault with a height of eight feet even, and Thompson captured the discus title with a throw of 99-04.5.

Junior Hannah Kemp didn't bring home any gold medals, but accounted for 18 points in individual competition. She took second place in the javelin (96-06) and the 100-meter hurdles (17.45 seconds).

"Hannah continues to do really well in the hurdles and javelin," girls coach Chris Weller said. "She's been very stable for us. She didn't throw the javelin quite as well this meet, but she still threw a lot better than she did last year."

The Chieftain boys racked up five top-three finishes, doing the majority of their damage in the distance and throwing events. Senior Tyler Stockman won the team's only gold medal, capturing the shot put title with a throw of 48-10.

Stockman, who suffered a foot injury on April 5 at the Bobcat Relays, also took second in the discus with a distance of 141-11.5.

"I'm pretty happy," Stockman said. "I was able to score some points for my team — definitely more than I figured I would. I think we did a really good job in the throws (Friday)."

Fellow senior Dallas Jacobs also enjoyed a solid all-around meet, taking fourth in the discus (132-08.5) and fifth in the shot put (43-11).

Senior Patrick Rachford led the THS distance runners with a pair of top-three finishes. He took third in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:54.37 and third in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:50.61.

Rachford was also on the 4x800-meter relay team that took fourth. He was joined by fellow seniors Matt Briggs and Marcus Titterington, as well as sophomore Evan Stilgenbauer.

"(Rachford) did as much running as you can possibly do," boys coach Scott Peavey said. "He did all three events at a very high level. He was a kid that told me he'd like to try that, and he absolutely rose to the challenge."

Other notable boys performances included senior Cody Martin's third-place finish in the pole vault (11 feet), and senior Dylan Jacobs' fourth-place effort in the high jump (six feet).

The Chieftains will return to action at 4 p.m. Thursday when they travel to Eudora for the Cardinal Relays. Whitledge, Griffin and Stockman will also suit up Friday and Saturday for the Kansas Relays at KU's Memorial Stadium. Whitledge and Griffin will participate in the high jump at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and Stockman will compete in the shot put one hour later. Whitledge also qualified for the the long jump, which is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.

Girls team results

  1. Lansing, 129; 2. St. James, 89; 3. Tonganoxie, 84; 4. Christ Prep, 71; 5. Basehor-Linwood, 63; 6. Blue Valley Southwest, 47; 7. Piper, 40; 8. Kansas City Christian, 35.

Boys team results

  1. Lansing, 159; 2. Blue Valley Southwest, 124; 3. Piper, 68; 4. Tonganoxie, 63; 5. Basehor-Linwood, 56; 6. Christ Prep, 42; 7. St. James, 36; 8. Kansas City Christian, 10.

Girls individual results

100 meter hurdles

  1. B. Meinke, CP, 17.35; 2. H. Kemp, TON, 17.45; 3. C. Sasnett, LAN, 17.57; 4. H. White, PIP, 17.68; 5. K. Fasenmyer, BVSW, 18.28; 6. V. Webb, CP, 18.57.

300 meter hurdles

  1. B. Meinke, CP, 48.22; 2. J. Whitledge, TON, 49.38; 3. C. Sasnett, LAN, 50.12; 4. K. Fasenmyer, BVSW, 51.86; 5. J. Moneymaker, CP, 52.88; 6. V. Webb, PIP, 53.19.

4x100 meter relay

  1. St. James, 51.52; 2. Blue Valley Southwest, 53.23; 3. Basehor-Linwood, 53.36; 4. Tonganoxie, 54.26; 5. Christ Prep, 56.08; 6. Kansas City Christian, 59.77.

4x800 meter relay

  1. Lansing, 10:11.77; 2. Christ Prep, 10:50.41; 3. St. James, 11:06.85; 4. Blue Valley Southwest, 11:34.9; 5. Tonganoxie, 11:45.67; 6. Basehor-Linwood, 11:51.

High jump

  1. J. Whitledge, TON, 5-06.25; 2. H. Griffin, TON, 5-04; 3. K. Urschel, BVSW, 5-02; 4. K. McKee, STJ, 4-08; 5. V. Webb, PIP, 4-08; 6. V. Strehlow, LAN, 4-08.

Pole vault

  1. J. Rubio, TON, 8-00; 2. S. Ko, KCC, 7-06; 3. A. Heinin, BL, 7-00; 4. A. Menefee, BVSW, 7-00; 5. D. Wilhelm, LAN, 6-06; 6. C. Sasnett, LAN, 6-06.

Long jump

  1. J. Whitledge, TON, 17-02; 2. B. Meinke, CP, 16-10.75; 3. K. Dulek, STJ, 16-00.5; 4. T. Ochs, PIP, 15-10; 5. C. Shaffstall, CP, 15-09.25; 6. K. McKee, CP, 15-07.5.

Shot put

  1. B. Hooker, BL, 34-07; 2. Da. Harvey, LAN, 34-03; 3. K. Cammock, LAN, 31-07; 4. V. Smith, BL, 31-00.5; 5. M. Sample, TON, 30-10.5; 6. De. Harvey, LAN, 30-08.

Discus

  1. H. Thompson, TON, 99-04.5; 2. E. Rogers, LAN, 97-09.5; 3. V. Smith, BL, 91-09.5; 4. B. Faulkner, LAN, 91-00.5; 5. J. Kissinger, TON, 88-07; 6. J. Boyd, CP, 84-02.5.

Javelin

  1. R. Hawthorne, KCC, 108-11; 2. H. Kemp, TON, 96-06; 3. V. Smith, BL, 96-02; 4. A. Mellies, STJ, 95-01; 5. J. Kissinger, TON, 93-10; 6. K. McGregor, KCC, 91-09.

Boys individual results

1,600 meter run

  1. B. Mosier, PIP, 4:44.22; 2. G. Poje, BVSW, 4:47.14; 3. P. Rachford, TON, 4:54.37; 4. D. Madden, CP, 4:56.49; 5. A. Emanuels, KCC, 4:57.6; 6. C. Brown, LAN, 4:57.91.

3,200 meter run

  1. G. Poje, BVSW, 10:34.81; 2. C. Mills, CP, 10:46.26; 3. P. Rachford, TON, 10:50.61; 4. M. Briggs, TON, 10:56.42; 5. G. Skoog, CP, 11:04.2; 6. C. Brown, LAN, 11:08.06.

4x100 meter relay

  1. Lansing, 44.7; 2. Piper, 44.89; 3. Basehor-Linwood, 46.45; 4. Blue Valley Southwest, 46.47; 5. Tonganoxie, 47.8; 6. St. James, 47.89.

4x400 meter relay

  1. Lansing, 3:35.02; 2. Piper, 3:36.81; 3. St. James, 3>38.05; 4. Christ Prep, 3:39.76; 5. Basehor-Linwood, 3:47.13; 6. Tonganoxie, 3:50.

4x800 meter relay

  1. Christ Prep, 8:36.18; 2. St. James, 8:41.83; 3. Lansing, 8:43.67; 4. Tonganoxie, 8:51.4; 5. Basehor-Linwood, 9:02.67; 6. Blue Valley Southwest, 9:19.51.

High jump

  1. J. Atwood, BVSW, 6-02; 2. Joe Henry, LAN, 6-00; 3. D. Mathis, LAN, 6-00; 4. Dy. Jacobs, TON, 6-00; 5. K. Bailey, LAN, 5-10; 6. D. Morgan, BVSW, 5-08.

Pole vault

  1. A. Perkins, STJ, 14-03; 2. N. Basore, BVSW, 14-00; 3. C. Martin, TON, 11-00; 4. C. Burns, KCC, 10-06; 5. S. Ahart, TON, 10-06; 6. J. Hicklin, BL, 10-06.

Shot put

  1. T. Stockman, TON, 48-10; 2. J. Hiss, BL, 48-00; 3. B. Johnson, BL, 45-03; 4. C. Snyder, TON, 44-03; 5. Da. Jacobs, TON, 43-11; 6. L. Owens, BVSW, 43-01.5.

Discus

  1. B. Johnson, BL, 141-11.5; 2. T. Stockman, TON, 139-01.5; 3. N. Linton, BVSW, 133-01; 4. Da. Jacobs, TON, 132-08.5; 5. J. Rubendall, LAN, 128-07.5; 6. T. Jones, BVSW, 126-11.5.

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