Chieftain girls finish third, boys fourth at Bobcat Relays
If the success of the Tonganoxie High track and field teams really hinges on the performances of underclassmen, then last week showed the Chieftains could be in for plenty of success in 2013.
Several young THS athletes made their presence felt Friday at the Bobcat Relays at Basehor-Linwood. The girls finished third in the team standings with 104 points, while the boys finished fourth with 87 points.
As they have so many times in their careers, junior Haley Griffin and senior Jenny Whitledge swept the top two spots in the girls high jump. Both cleared a height of 5 feet, 4 inches, but a tiebreaker gave Griffin the event title. Sophomore Jackie Whitledge had the girls' only other top finish, winning the long jump with a distance of 16-7.5.
For the second consecutive meet, freshman Sophia Wetta placed third in the 3,200-meter run — this time with a time of 13:38.95. Fellow freshman Nicole Zerrer took fourth in the 1,600 (6:19.43) while sophomore Tressa Walker took fifth in the 800 (2:42.67). Walker, Wetta and Zerrer teamed up with sophomore Kourtni Freemyer to take third in the 4x800-meter relay (11:04.35).
The THS girls relied mainly on their senior class to score team points in field competition. Sophomore Demi Trimble and senior Rachael Washington took second and third in the shot put, while seniors Bobbi Jo Kissinger and Holley Thompson finished third and fourth in the discus, respectively. Hannah Kemp took third in the javelin, while Kissinger came in sixth.
Host school Basehor-Linwood won the girls team title with a score of 160, while Piper came in second with 136 points.
Junior Cody Snyder led the THS boys with 14 total points by finishing second in the second in the shot put (44-6) and third in the discus (140-2). Fellow junior Clayton Neas also scored in the discus with a fifth-place finish (124-10).
Once again, junior Ben Johnson figured into the boys team scoring in three different events. He finished fourth in the 300 hurdles (44.62), fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.83) and fifth in the high jump (5-6) to account for 13 team points.
The Chieftains did the most damage in the pole vault, where senior Seth Ahart (11-6), junior Andrew Behm (11) and sophomore Brad Andrews (10-6) swept the top three spots for 24 total points.
Other THS boys with top-three finishes were sophomores Devan Smith (second in high jump, 5-8) and Levi Koch (second in javelin, 129-8).
Piper won the boys title with a score of 167. The Pirates were followed by Bonner Springs (106) and Basehor-Linwood (96).
THS returned to the track Monday at the Ottawa Invitational. Results will be posted when they become available. The Chieftains will host their annual home meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday.