Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005

Freshman Grizzle springs into action

Two sports keeping multiple LTMS track record holder busy

March 31, 2005

Although Roxanne Grizzle may eventually be a renowned name in Kansas high school track and field, it would simply be a mistake to dub her as a one-sport star.

While other super-star athletes are picking one spring sport and sticking with it, Grizzle appears destined to try any sport she can get her hands on.

In fact, her inability to choose a spring sport has forced the freshman Wildcat to pull double duty between track and soccer.

"It gets pretty hectic around here," Grizzle said of her post school spring practice schedule. "I go to soccer practice right after school and then get to track practice right after that. I go home anywhere between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 depending on what time I get to track practice."

Before entering her debut seasons in track and soccer, Grizzle competed in volleyball and basketball. She prepped for her first varsity season by throwing for the Kansas Thunder track and field team and played softball for the Tonganoxie-based Braves.

Grizzle made a couple of big plays at the plate last summer to help take the Braves to the 14-and-younger American Fastpitch Association Girls National Tournament Championship at the Clinton Lake Softball Complex in Lawrence.

The freshman ripped a three-run home run out of the park in one game.

Then Grizzle followed Melissa Pratt's double with a RBI triple to secure a 4-0 championship win.

During the summer season in track, Grizzle sailed through the Missouri Valley track and field championships by placing in the top two in the shot put, discus and javelin.

She recorded second-place efforts of 39 feet 1 inch in the shot and 104-10 in the discus. Her toss of 116-7 in the javelin earned her a spot at gold.

Grizzle competed at the Kansas University High School Open in January and got a taste of her first varsity competition. The results were a fourth-place toss of 34-10 1/2 in the shot put.

The Wildcat was defeated by defending 4A champion Kayla Smith of Concordia, last year's fourth-place state placer, Autumn Weaver of Meriden-Jeff West, and Royal Valley's Tiffany Troxel.

Although track and field will more than likely be her bread and butter, Grizzle still struggles to pick a favorite.

"I really don't know which I like," Grizzle said. "I really like track, but I enjoy them all."

Grizzle came by her athletic abilities honestly. Her older sister Ryan Frame, is presently competing for Neosho County Community College. Frame recently earned an eighth-place medal in the shot put at the National Junior College Athletic Association's National Championships.

"She helped me a lot," Grizzle said of her older sister. "She was just back and gave us some pointers. She taught us some new moves. Not only could she see what we were doing wrong, she could fix it for us."

Besides competing in her usual throwing events, Grizzle may also run a leg on the 400-meter relay team.

"Not many throwers can compete in that event," Grizzle said. "They're usually bigger. I guess I have it in my genes."

Just as she owns the Lexington Trails Middle School records of 40-feet in the shot put, 113 feet in the discus and 100 (13.48 seconds) Grizzle is setting out to capture the best marks on varsity as well.

Grizzle would also like to see continued success in soccer as well. The freshman and her teammates just won the first game ever played by a De Soto girls soccer game.

"It felt pretty good," Grizzle said. "I'm not sure what coach's expectations are, but I think we can be pretty good."

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