The Newton High School boys’ track team didn’t waste any time getting its first state title at the Class 5A state championships Friday at Cessna Stadium.
The Newton High School boys’ track team didn’t waste any time getting its first state title at the Class 5A state championships Friday at Cessna Stadium.Senior Evan Kaufman continued the Railers’ tradition in throwing events, winning the shot put in 52-8 14. Teammate Tyler Rambo, a junior, was fourth at 51-2 1/2.“It was a beautiful day,” Kaufman said. “It was about the best day you could get for a track meet. It was my last meet, the last throw I’ll ever get.”Kaufman’s title continues a line of strong finishes in the throwing events for the Railers. Jordan Voelker was second in the shot put last year.“Tyler had a great year and will have another good year next year,” Kaufman said. “We have some good freshmen coming up. We have a good middle school program coming up. The only bad things is we’re losing our throwing coach, coach (Randy) Zohn. He’s going to the school board now. That will be a big loss for us. He is a great guy. Other than that, the tradition will go on.”Kaufman said work in the weight room and the competition in practice helped him improve this season. He was fifth at last year’s state meet.“Rambo really pushed me in practice,” Kaufman said. “I’d usually throw about 45 in practice and he would throw a 50. When you have a good partner pushing you, it really makes a difference.”Kaufman will be attending the Air Force Academy this fall.Rambo needed his final throw of the discus to move up two spaces, both Ark Valley-Chishom Trail League Division II rivals, finishing third in 141-0.“I’m just glad I got to place,” Rambo said of the discus. “I’ve got a lot of things I need to work on. Third place gives us some points. I didn’t feel like I threw as well this year as I did last year at state. I threw better at regionals.”Rambo was seventh last year at state at 143-2.Roland LaCoste took third in the long jump at 22-2 3/4. His best jump came on his third attempt in the preliminaries.“I feel like I did pretty good,” LaCoste said. “This is only my second year in track, and I feel like I did pretty good this year. I wish I would have done better in the high jump. Last year, I missed going to state in the long jump. I was fifth (in regionals) and was just a little bit short. That one jump there did it for me this year.”LaCoste signed to play basketball at Dodge City Community College this fall.After the first day of competition, the Railer boys are in second place in the team standings behind Gardner-Edgerton, which went 1-2-3 in the pole vault. Gardner-Edgerton has 30 points. Newton has 28.5 points.“Day one went well,” Newton coach Tad Remsberg said. “We’re in a pretty good spot if we can hold on tomorrow. We’ll see what happens. We had a few who didn’t (get in the finals), but we’re still in good shape. ... We just need to stay on track and do what we’re capable of doing.”In the high jump, Garrett Garcia claimed a medal with a fifth-place tie in 6-2. Taylor Porter tied for eighth at 6-0. LaCoste was 13th at 6-0.The Railer boys won their heat of the 4x100-meter relay in 42.23, the top qualifying time overall and a school record. Five teams in the event either scratched or were disqualified.Miguel Johns won his heat of the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 40.77, the third best time of prelims. Alex Dorrell just missed reaching the finals, finishing fifth in his heat in 42.58.Johns failed to qualify for the finals of the 110-meter high hurdles, taking seventh in his heat in 16.35.Grant Loescher won his heat of the 200-meter dash in 22.35, the second best time. Nathaniel Martens was second in his heat in 22.42, the third-best time. Isaiah Thaw was fourth in the same heat Martens ran in, finishing in 22.82, qualifying eighth.The 4x400-meter relay team took second in its heat in 3:25.06, qualifying fourth. Martens took third in his heat of the 400-meter dash in 49.88, qualifying fifth.Erin Bradley claimed the first medal for the Newton girls, placing seventh in the discus at 111-3.Katie Loescher followed with a fifth-place medal in the high jump at 5-0.The Railers took second in their heat of the 4x100-meter relay in 49.79, qualifying fourth.Meg Ingwerson took second in her heat of the 200-meter dash in 25.71, qualifying third. Katie Loescher took fourth in her heat of the 200-meter dash in 27.70, missing the finals by .02 seconds.Katelin Gaeddert placed fourth in her heat of the 400-meter dash in 1:01.85, qualifying seventh.Jamie Hansen placed fifth in her heat of the 100-meter high hurdles in 16.19, qualifying eighth.The Railer girls were seventh in their heat of the 4x400-meter relay in 4:26.41, 15th overall.Erin Loeffler took 14th in the 3,200-meter run in 13:19.64.Newton found out earlier this week both teams won the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II title. The meet was canceled because of the weather, but regional results were used to determine placings.“We wanted to win it on the track,” Remsberg said. “I think we would have won it on the track. I’ll take a league title anyway we can get it. The kids worked so hard for it.”Class 5A StateChampionshipsat Cessna Stadium,Wichita(Field events and 3,200-meter run are finals, all others are prelims; q-qualified for finals)Newton resultsGIRLSDiscus — 7. Erin Bradley 111-3.100-m. HH — Heat 1: 5. Jamie Hansen 16.19-q.4x100-m. relay — Heat 1: 2. Newton 49.79-q.400-m. dash — Heat 1: 4. Katelin Gaeddert 1:01.85-q.200-m. dash — Heat 1: 2. Meg Ingwerson 25.71-q. Heat 2: 4. Katie Loescher 26.70.3,200-m. run — 14. Erin Loeffler 13:16.10.High jump — 5. Katie Loescher 5-0.BOYSHigh jump — t5. Garrett Garcia 6-2, t8. Taylor Porter 6-0, 13. Roland LaCoste 6-0.Shot put — 1. Evan Kaufman 52-8 1/4, 4. Tyler Rambo 51-2 1/2.110-m. HH — Heat 1: 7. Miguel Johns 16.35.4x100-m. relay — 1. Newton 42.23-q.300-m. IH — Heat 1: 1. Miguel Johns 40.77-q. Heat 2: 5. Alex Dorrell 42.58.200-m. dash — Heat 1: 1. Grant Loescher 22.35-q. Heat 2: 2. Nathaniel Martens 22.42-q, 4. Isaiah Thaw 22.82-q.4x400-m. relay — 2. Newton 3:25.06-q.Long jump — 3. Roland LaCoste 2-4 3/4, 10. Isaiah Thaw 20-3 1/4.Pole vault — Levi Herring NH.Discus — 3. Tyler Rambo 141-0.