Tonganoxie High girls track 2nd, boys 4th at Bobcat Relays
In a preview of some teams Tonganoxie will face at league and regional meets, the Tonganoxie High girls held their own Friday at the Bobcat Relays.
THS finished second with 125 points, just ahead of Anderson County (118.5). Basehor-Linwood scored a commanding team title with 194 points, but the Chieftains had several personal bests, according to coach Rachelle Pauly.
“There were a lot of good, competitive times,” Pauly said.
Senior Jackie Whitledge placed fourth in the 100 with a time of 13.55 seconds, while freshman Mia Bond finished third in the 400 with a time of 1 minute, 6.44 seconds. In the 800, junior Sophia Wetta nabbed sixth with a 2:49.12 time and sophomore Emily Chambers took silver in the 1,600 with a 5:41.98 time. Sophomore Isabella Behm (6:01.21) placed fifth and Wetta seventh (6:10.21).
Campbell brought home Tonganoxie’s first gold medal of the day with a 12:24.69 finish in the 3,200.
THS then scored two more golds in the relays.
The 4x400 team of seniors Kourtni Freemyer and Tressa Walker and freshmen Cami Timm and Mia Bond also won gold. The team finished with a 4:21.93 time.
The 4x800 team of Chambers, Bond, Walker and Campbell finished at 10:23.15, more than 17 seconds ahead of Basehor-Linwood.
In the 100 meter hurdles, senior Summer Cerny placed third (17.54) and Timm fourth (17.99).
As for the 300-meter hurdles, Timm placed second (51.24) and Cerny third (53.08)
The 4x100 team managed a fourth-place finish. Cerny, Freemyer, Whitledge and senior Jessica Minear combined for a time of 54.14 seconds.
Minear placed second in the high jump with a 4-8 height, as did Freemyer (8-0) in pole vault. Minear also placed third in the triple jump with a 34-3 mark, which was just ahead of Walker at 32-10.
Whitledge and Cerny added points in the long jump, as Whitledge placed third (15-7) and Cerny fifth (14-10.75)
Minear’s distances in jumps, as well as all of the relay times, qualified the competitors for the Kansas Relays later this week at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence.
Tonganoxie’s full team next will be in action today with its home invitational.
Boys place 4th
The THS boys team also recorded some strong marks and times at Friday’s Bobcat Relays.
Junior David Scharff finished sixth in the 100 with a 12.30 time against a pretty salty field.
THS boys coach Preston Troyer said Scharff’s finish was one of the team’s biggest surprises of the day. He was impressed with how he competed against such a strong field.
Troyer also had high praises for Drew Cook, the THS sophomore who won the 1,600 with a time of 4:58.
“He stepped up pretty big,” Troyer said.
Fellow sophomore Carter Keitzmann placed seventh with a 5:17 time.
Junior Kyle Fain took seventh (56.17) and Scharff eighth (56.38) in the 400.
In the 3,200, senior Garrett French took second (10:52.17) and junior Ethan Phillips fourth (11:05.49).
The 4x400 team of juniors Grant Swearngin, Dylan Staatz, Fain and Scharff finished fifth with a 3:46.99 time.
Phillips, Keitzmann, Cook and French combined for fifth in the 4x800 relay (9:17.14).
The jumps again were some of the Chieftains’ better events.
Smith tied for second (6-2) and Staatz placed sixth (5-8) in high jump, while Brad Andrews cleared 10-6, good for third in the pole vault.
In long jump, Smith’s leap of 20-3 nabbed him a fifth-place finish, while Staatz placed seventh (20-1).
Smith placed sixth (39-2.25) and Staatz seventh (38-9) in the triple jump.
In the throwing events, senior Albert Miller placed third in discus with a toss of 132-5 and freshman LeeRoi Johnson turned in best throw of 125-1 for fifth.
Senior Gage Laster’s shot put throw of 40-1.5 helped him to a fourth-place finish, with Miller right behind in fifth with a 39-9.5 throw.
And in the javelin, Levi Koch won a silver medal with a 147-4 throw, finishing second behind Perry-Lecompton’s Austin Kurtz. The senior’s best throw was 161-8.
Tonganoxie is home for its own Tonganoxie Invitational this afternoon at Beatty Field.