Defending home turf in Tonganoxie
THS track performs well at own invite
The Tonganoxie High track team represented itself well at its home meet last week at Beatty Field.
Though some competitors didn’t participate because they qualified for the Kansas Relays last weekend, the Chieftains were able to finish second as a team on the boys side and third in the girls division.
David Scharff placed fourth in the 100 with a time of 12.07 seconds, while Kyle Fain took fifth in the 400.
Drew Cook turned in a big performance in the 1,600, taking the silver medal with a 4:59.34 time, about 2.5 seconds behind Kansas City Christian’s Luke Rovenstine.
Garrett French placed fourth in the 3,200, while Devan Smith (6-2), Dylan Staatz (5-8) and Eric Neas (5-6) finished second, fourth and seventh respectively in the high jump.
With a height of 10-6, Brad Andrews finished second in pole vault.
Staatz secured a gold medal with a distance of 20-2 in the long jump. Grant Swearngin was fifth at 16-8.75.
Staatz claimed a second gold medal in the triple jump with a 41-6 jump. Fain placed seventh at 33-2.
In the discus event, LeeRoi Johnson placed second with a 134-9 toss, Albert Miller fourth at 124-0 and Cody Pollom sixth at 101-8.
Levi Koch snagged a gold medal after he won the discus with a throw of 139-9.
Raymond Munoz placed fourth (129-5) and Matt Johnson eighth (114-10).
And in the shot put, Gage Laster placed second with a 39-2 throw, while Sammy Sigourney (36-8) took seventh and Miller (35-5) eighth.
On the girls side, Mia Bond won gold in the 400 with her time of 1:05.58.
Sophia Wetta finished third (2:50.85) in the 800, while several Chieftains placed in the 1,600.
Emma Campbell (5:44.58) won the event, while Wetta (6:13.79) took third and Isabella Behm (6:16.56) fourth.
Behm also placed third in the 3,200 (13:43.86).
Cami Timm won the 300 hurdles (51.51), while the 4x100 placed first out of four teams (54.71).
Kourtni Freemyer continued her strong season in the pole vault, taking second (8-0).
Jackie Whitledge won the long jump (15-10) and Summer Cerny (13-11) placed fifth.
In the triple jump, Jessica Minear finished first (33-1) and Tressa Walker third (32-4.5).
Keagan Newberry took fourth in discus (76-7), McKinna Shelton fourth in javelin (79-5) and Newberry eighth in shot put.
THS COMPETES AT KANSAS RELAYS
Tonganoxie High had representation at last weekend’s Kansas Relays.
The girls 4x800 team of Emily Chambers, Tressa Walker, Mia Bond and Emma Campbell placed 30th with a time of 10 minutes, 25.71 seconds.
Green Mountain, a Colorado high school, placed first with a 9:36.07 time. Olathe East was the top Kansas school. OEHS placed 12th with a time of 9:58.78.
The girls 4x400 team of Kourtni Freemyer, Cammi Timm, Bond and Walker finished 32nd with a time of 4:20.03.
Blue Springs (Mo.) finished first in 3:58.55, while Lawrence High (4:03.4) had the best Kansas high school time. The Lions placed seventh.
The girls 4x100 relay team of Summer Cerny, Jackie Whitledge, Freemyer and Jessica Minear finished 41st in the high school division with a time of 54.73 seconds.
Grandview (Mo.) finished first with a time of 48.37 seconds.
Olathe North (49.73) had the best time in the state, placing eighth.
Individually, Minear tied for 22nd in the triple jump with a distance of 10.35 meters. Kim Teed of Carthage (Mo.) had the top finish with a leap of 11.27 meters. Olathe East’s Bailey Turner had the top Kansas mark at 10.99, good for fifth.
Cerny placed 39th among high school girls in the 100-meter hurdles. She finished with a time of 18.29, while Cami Timm placed 40th in 18.61. Mariona Ward from Smith-Cotton High in Sedalia (Mo.) placed first in 14.89; Emporia’s Jordyn Harmon finished second in 15 seconds.
On the boys side, Devan Smith tied for ninth in the high jump with a height of 6-2. Blue Valley’s Matt Birzer won the event, beating out three others who also finished at 6-8.