On a cold and breezy April evening suited for about anything other than track, the Newton High School track teams persevered for a 1-2 finish at the Newton Invitational Monday night at Joe W. Goering Field, Thresher Stadium.

The Railer girls came from behind to edge McPherson 152-148 for the meet title. Kapaun-Mt. Carmel was third at 116, followed by Buhler at 59, Bishop Carroll at 35 and Wichita North at 21.

The McPherson boys topped Newton 131.66-116. Buhler was third at 112, followed by Wichita North at 65.33, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel at 55 and Bishop Carroll at 16.

“The biggest thing tonight was battling the elements and being mentally tough to get through it,” Newton coach Tad Remsberg said. “It was cold, not great track weather. But we got through it. It was nice to have a small meet. We went with four entries (per event) with this meet, so we got a lot of kids competing today. Times weren’t great, but we had some nice performances. Kalli Anderson ran a sub 12 in the 100, which is good in these conditions. Oliva Forest had a huge PR in the javelin. Jacob McFarlane had a season best in the javelin. Maggie (Remsberg) had two jumps over 17 feet (in the long jump), which is pretty good. We had good competition. McPherson’s girls match up well with us. The bigger the meet, the better our girls are going to be. McPherson will be in the (Class 4A) mix. I was pleased with our guys. We scored in a lot of different places.”

Anderson won the 100-meter dash in 11.95, followed by Savannah Simmons in second in 12.62. Anderson won the 200-meter dash in 27.57, followed by Simmons in third in 28.28.

Anderson and Simmons both ran on the winning 4x100-meter relay. Anderson also ran the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay for three wins on the day.

“It was hard running in this weather, but I ran well in the 100,” Anderson said. “It was good to be back. In the 200, I did not do well at all. I usually hear Savannah behind me on the curve (in the 200), but I did not hear her at all. I had to really push it. I don’t know about the 4x4. I’m going to try it and see how it goes. It will definitely help me in the 200. I think Alexis (Valle-Ponds) really stepped it up for us in the 4x1. She ran really well for a freshman. We have a lot of confidence in our team, especially the 4x1. We may not be as fast as last year (setting an all-class state record in the event), but we will definitely be up there.”

Taylor Antonowich won the 400-meter dash in 1:01.43, followed by Christina Bruce in second in 1:02.95. Antonowich was in two winning relays. Bruce anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay.

“We had a really good day as a team,” Antonowich said. “(Tad) Remsberg has been working us hard, getting us in shape for the season. It was really great having Christina pushing me. We’ve been pushing each other all season. We’re just working hard and getting better each day. I want us to win at state and I’d like to break 59 in the 400.”

Maggie Remsberg won the 300-meter low hurdles in 47.94.

Remsberg took second in the long jump in 17-1 3/4 and second in the 100-meter high hurdles in 15.34, missing the win by .06 seconds. Rebecca Raymundo finished in fourth in 17.52.

Maggie Remsberg also led off the 4x400-meter relay.

“The competition, McPherson is always good,” Maggie Remsberg said. “I was going against the defending (Class 4A) state champion in the long jump. I really wanted to focus on getting to 17 (feet). It was a really cold day, so I wasn’t expecting any PRs today. It’s only the second meet of the season. In the hurdles, I would have liked to have had a better start. I always seem to struggle with that. In the 300, I think I ran my fastest time of the year. That will be big for going into Thursday. We should have better weather Thursday. Our coaches are loading us up. My dad (Tad Remsberg) says he’s running us in shape. That’s hard, but if we push through it, it will help us out later on this season.”

Newton won the 4x800-meter relay in 10:51.78, the 4x100-meter relay in 50.23 and the 4x400-meter relay in 4:14.60. The win in the 4x400-meter relay broke the tie to give Newton the meet win.

Savannah Garcia took second in the triple jump in 32-11. Amanda Dorrell took second in the discus in 116-1 and fourth in the shot put in 31-8 1/2.

Alaina Stucky took third in the 3,200-meter run in 13:14.33.

Olivia Forest took third in the javelin at 97-6.

Megan Bartel took fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:47.44.

For the Newton boys, the 4x100-meter relay team won in 45.47 running in an outside lane. The 4x400-meter relay took second in 3:46.31. Newton took second in the 4x800-meter relay in 9:02.06.

James Harris won the boys' 200-meter dash in 24.19, followed by Zachary Garcia in second in 24.23. Zachary Garcia’s finish came out of the slowest heat.

Harris finished second in the 100-meter dash in 11.35. Harris also anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay team and led off the second-place 4x400-meter relay.

“(The 200) was an interesting race,” Harris said. “The runner from McPherson was pushing me hard. I was able to come through with the W. (Garcia’s) finish was really surprising. In the 4x1, the kid from Kapaun had a pretty good lead of about 10 meters, but I was able to catch up with him. I felt pretty good on that one too. Weather-wise, you have to worry about what your hamstrings will do. You have to warm up and get really warm and sweat way before you are ready to race. Last year, on a day like this, I strained my hamstring.”

Jerik Ochoa finished second in the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.79 and fourth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 44.59.

Garrett Mick took second in the 800-meter run in 2:10.22, followed by Jonah Hodge in fourth in 2:15.31. Mick took second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:49.25.

Joel Thompson took second in the 400-meter dash in 55.20.

Alex Krogmeier took second in the high jump at 5-10.

Erik Jantz took third in the 3,200-meter run in 11:07.51, followed by Erik Brown in fourth in 11:09.27.

Malicai Coleman took third in the long jump at 18-9 3/4. Jacob McFarlane took third in the javelin in 157-3.

Ethan Entz took fourth in the shot put at 45-1 1/2.

Newton competes Thursday at the Valley Center Invitational. The meet was moved up a day, giving Newton its third meet in a week’s time.

“This time of year, that’s really good for us,” Tad Remsberg said. “Then we go to a meet a week later in the year.”