Snyder, Griffin break THS track and field records
Two Tonganoxie High track and field records fell last week, including one that went unbroken for more than three decades.
Cody Snyder broke the Chieftain boys shot put record, while Haley Griffin set a new mark in the girls high jump Friday at the Piper Invitational in Kansas City, Kan.
Snyder, who will play football next fall at Butler Community College, won the shot put by more than four feet with a throw of 52 feet, 8 inches. His throw broke the program record of 51-8 set by Curtis Irwin in 1981. Entering this week, Snyder's throw ranked 12th in the state and third among Class 4A throwers.
Meanwhile, Griffin, a three-time state qualifier in the high jump, added yet another event title to her resume with a personal-best jump of 5-7. The future Wichita State jumper broke the THS record in the process, besting the previous mark of 5-6.5 set by 2013 grad Jenny Whitledge last season. Griffin's mark of 5-7 currently ranks No. 2 overall in Kansas and No. 1 among jumpers from KSHSAA-sanctioned teams. Wichita Home School's Mona Gottschaemmer currently owns the state's top jump at 5-8.
Snyder complemented his record-breaking shot performance with a gold medal in the discus, winning the event with a throw of 147-9. Fellow senior Ben Johnson added a title in the 110-meter hurdles (15.79) and junior Brad Andrews won the pole vault (12 feet). Junior Devan Smith accounted for 16 total points, bringing home silver medals in the high jump (6-2) and long jump (20-5), while senior Evan Stilgenbauer and sophomore Dalton Trimble added runner-up finishes in the 3,200-meter run (10:37.88) and 300-meter hurdles (43.01), respectively.
The THS boys finished second in the team rankings with 127.2 points, coming in 62 points behind champion and meet host Piper.
On the girls side, freshman Emily Chambers won the school's only other title, claiming gold in the 1,600-meter run (5:45.21). Senior Demi Trimble was also strong in throwing competition, finishing third in the shot put (31-8) and discus (92-5), and junior Kourtni Freemyer added top-four finishes in the 400-meter dash (third, 1:05.02) and pole vault (fourth, 8 feet).
The Chieftain girls came in fifth with 70.5 points. Piper also won the girls title with 150 points.
Complete results are available here. THS will be back in action at 4 p.m. today at the Kaw Valley League meet at Mill Valley.
Girls team results
- Piper, 150; 2. Basehor-Linwood, 120; 3. Blue Valley Southwest, 119.75; 4. St. Teresa (Mo.), 107; 5. Tonganoxie, 70.5; 6. St. Thomas Aquinas, 37.25; 7. Ottawa, 36.5; 8. Bishop Ward, 19; 9. Pembroke Hill (Mo.), 14; 10. Lansing, 11.
Boys team results
- Piper, 184.2; 2. Tonganoxie, 127.2; 3. St. Thomas Aquinas, 86.7; 4. Blue Valley Southwest, 82.2; 5. Basehor-Linwood, 76.5; 6. Lansing, 53.5; 7. Bishop Ward, 36; 8. Ottawa, 29.7; 9. Pembroke Hill (Mo.), 19.