DERBY — Even with one its top performers out with an injury, the Newton High School girls’ track team was able to retain the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I championships Friday at Panther Stadium in Derby.
Newton topped Maize 148-121. Hutchinson was third at 118, followed by Salina Central at 51, Campus at 50, Derby at 32 and Salina South at 31.
The Newton boys took third. Hutchinson won at 132, followed by Salin South at 100.5, Newton at 95, Derby at 81.5, Maize at 74, Campus at 53 and Salina Central at 22.
The Railers were without Kalli Anderson because of injury, but still dominated in the sprints. The Railers managed plenty of points in the field events with some key points in the distance events.
“We’ve been hit by the injury bug on the boys’ side,” Newton coach Tad Remsberg said. “Some of those hit us before the season even started. That kept us from the depth we needed. Hutch has a really good team. The girls have a ton of kids do well. We set a some of records. We missed Kalli. We moved some people around. We have a great group that competes hard and they got a league title.”
Savannah Simmons set a meet record in the 100-meter dash in 11.92, followed by Jen Andres in second in 12.26.
The team of Christina Bruce, Andres, Taylor Antonowich and Simmons won the 4x100-meter relay in 48.10, a meet record. Simmons won the 200-meter dash in meet record 24.52, followed by Andres in second in 25.87.
“I ran pretty well today,” Simmons said. “I felt pretty good on my feet. My 100 and 200 were PRs. We still ran well in the 4x1. It was a new experience, but we got the baton around. I want to be running my best next week in the 100 and the 200. Not having Kalli, we missed her enthusiasm, but we could still hear her from the stands. I want to continue to improve.”
Newton set an all-time state record in the 4x100-meter relay last week.
Maggie Remsberg won the long jump in 18-1, the 100-meter high hurdles in 14.90 and the 300-meter low hurdles in 46.05, a meet record. Remsberg filled in for Anderson in the 100-meter dash and took sixth in 12.88 for a point.
“I probably haven’t run the 100 since club track when I was six or seven, so I knew it was going to be a stretch,” Maggie Remsberg said. “We were just trying to spread the board and score a few extra points. I was just happy to do that for my team. We found out Kalli wouldn’t be running on Monday, so we were trying to see if we could pull someone out. Then my name was being put in for the 100. Of course I was excited for the challenge. I know you have to have fast starts for that race, and I struggle with that. It was a fun race. It was fun to watch my teammate.
“The 100 hurdles was my PR. I PR’d in the prelims by 100th at 15.04. I was at the brink of 14. That’s where you want to be at that point in the season, breaking those barriers, just like in the long jump with an 18. It was a good day. It’s that point of the season, where you make big PRs. Regionals will be fun. It will be tough competition as always. We like to be pushed. I’m hoping for more PRs.”
Kailey Harris won the high jump in 4-10 and took third in the triple jump in 33-9 3/4.
Amanda Dorrell won the discus in 115-3 and took third in the shot put in 35-11. Brooke Lachenmayer took second in the shot put in 36-11.
Antonowich took second in the 400-meter dash in 59.28.
Alaina Stucky took third in the 1,600-meter run in 5:38.51. She took third in the 3,200-meter run in 12:31.58 to break up a 1-2-3 Maize finish.
The Newton girls took fourth in the 4x800-meter relay in 11:13.15. Megan Bartel took fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:35.49.
For the Railer boys, Kade Remsberg won the 100-meter dash in 10.76. He won the 200-meter dash in 21.94.
The team of James Harris, Remsberg, Josh Jantzi and Moore took second in the 4x100-meter relay in 43.74.
“It was a good day,” Kade Remsberg said. “I ran some alright times. They were not exactly what I wanted to, but they were good enough for wins. It was great to run against good competition. I’m sure next week at regionals, we’ll have more. Hopefully, I can get my times down. The 4x1 might have been our best time all year. It felt like our best race this year. At regionals, everyone has to come out and do their best. I’m sure it’s going to be a great meet. We want to win it.”
Moore took second the triple jump in 44-4 1/2 and took third in the long jump in 20-6 3/4.
Garrett Mick finished second in the 800-meter run in 2:02.78 and third in the 1,600-meter run in 4:38.34.
Jerik Ochoa took second in the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.99. Jantzi took second in the pole vault at 13-0.
Jackson Forest took second in the shot put in 56-0 1/2, missing the title by 10 inches.
Brendan Powell took fourth in the javelin in 165-2. Nathan Ahrens took fourth in the discus in 144-10.
Newton competes Friday at the Class 5A regional at Emporia State’s Welch Stadium. Newton competes with Emporia, Andover, Salina Central, Salina South, Topeka West, Wichita Heights and Kapaun-Mt. Carmel. The top four finishers in each event advance to state the following week at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.
“As always, we need to get ready to roll,” Tad Remsberg said. “We want to get as many people to the state meet as we can and try and score as many points at state as we can. I’m proud of the kids.”