The Newton High School track teams will take another large contingent to the state meet, following the regional meet Friday at Welch Stadium in Emporia.
The Newton High School track teams will take another large contingent to the state meet, following the regional meet Friday at Welch Stadium in Emporia.The Newton girls placed second while the Railer boys were third out of eight teams.Freshman Brooke Regier won the shot put in 37-2 and took second in the discus in 119-1. Senior Erin Bradley finished fourth in the discus to qualify for state at 117-2.“The discus was one of my better throws this year,” Regier said. “My shot put was one of my better throws this year too. Hopefully, I’ll do better at state. I was really nervous. I thought I was going to start the season on JV.”Regier had a good head start for the high school season, competing in an AAU indoor national meet and placing in the shot put.“That was good,” she said. “I increased my distances a couple of feet this year.”Regier started track in the fifth grade. She credited her mom for starting her off.“I’ve been doing it about four years now,” Regier said. “My mom started me in the sport. She said she found a sport for me. She had me try it, and I fell in love with it.”Regier said her goals for next week are 120 feet in the discus and 40 feet in the shot. She said she’d eventually like to break the records held by Janae Voelker.Regier and Bradley have been finishing back and forth in the discus with Bradley winning the league meet last week.“I really enjoy the competition,” Regier said. “We both have the same goals. The competition helps. It will help at state. I won’t be as nervous having someone there that I have thrown with.”Two Railer girls qualified in the 100-meter high hurdles — Riley Roberts was second in 15.32, followed by Andrea Baron in fourth in 16.55. Roberts won the 300-meter low hurdles in 49.01, followed by Baron in fourth in 50.09.The 4x100-meter relay team of Carly Willis, Katie Loescher, Katelin Gaeddert and Meg Ingwerson took second in 50.94.Katelin Gaeddert took second in the 100-meter dash in 12.74.Maria Jantz took third in the girls’ pole vault at 9-0.Loeffler took fourth in the 3,200-meter run in 12:16.57.Newton took fourth in the 4x400-meter relay in 4:18.42 to qualify.Miguel Johns won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.97. Johns won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 39.66. Johns finished second in the 200-meter dash in 23.29, followed by Valdez in fourth in 23.43.Johns skipped the long jump for the 200 and ran the second leg of the 4x100-meter relay.“I was glad to get first in the 110s,” Johns said. “That was against some of the best hurdlers in the state. The 300s, I didn’t really run my race, but I still won. I need to run my race next week. The times were good for camera (fully automatic times). In the 110s, I just wanted to qualify. In the 200 (prelims), I was throwing up before the race. I was just glad to finish it. At state, I just want to run my best and win a state championship.”Tyler Rambo won the discus at 162-2 and followed in the shot put at 56-11 1/2.“I hit a couple in the 60s in warm-ups,” Rambo said. “I did fine in warm-ups. I just need to get one down when it counts. I’ll do fine. I have a week left. I did 162 in the discus. I can do better than that. It’s going to be tough. At state, it could take 170, or it could take 165. It depends on the conditions.”While the discus field at state is likely to be loaded, Rambo said he’s more confident about his chances t state in the shot.“Discus should be fun,” Rambo said. “We have (Tyler) Rathke (of Hays), (Josh) Groene (of Winfield). There’s a Mill Valley kid. I’ve been pretty consistent in the shot. I’d like to get 58. If I do well, I can get 60The team of Ben Kreider, René Madrigal, Felipe Carvalho and Laban Lalouette won the 4x800-meter relay in 8:19.88.Cristian Valdez placed third in the 100-meter dash in 11.34.Josh Floerke finished third in the javelin in 167-10.The 4x100-meter relay team of Valdez, Johns, Tyler Robinson and Peter Nelson took third in 43.87.Robinson took fourth in the 100-meter dash in 52.82.Jacob Beebe qualified for state in the high jump, taking fourth at 6-0, and matching his season best.The state meet is Friday and Saturday at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.