HAYSVILLE — Last week, the Kentucky Derby, this week, the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I Track and Field Championships at Colt Stadium in Haysville.
A Newton runner was bumped by a Maize runner on the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay, disqualifying Maize.
Newton was awarded the win in a time of 3:34.85.
The Newton girls took second.
The Railer boys scored 134 points, followed by Maize at 128, Campus at 75, Salina South at 68, Salina Central at 50, Hutchinson at 45 and Derby at 44.
Hutchinson topped Newton for the girls’ title 149-129. Derby was third at 75, followed by Maize at 68, Salina South at 62, Salina Central at 48 and Campus at 24. The girls saw a string of league titles snapped.
“We had a ton of really good performances,” Newton coach Tad Remsberg said. “Damarius in the shot. Zach Garcia in the high jump and Maggie (Remsberg) in the 300. We had a lot of PRs.”
Newton’s performances came despite limited outdoor practice in recent days.
“They have done some really good things considering the conditions,” Tad Remsberg said. “It’s always good to win a big meet.”
The Newton boys were led by Damarius Peterson, who won the shot put in a meet and school record of 58-5. Both records were previously set by Newton’s Cory Martens in 2013.
“I been struggling the past few weeks,” Peterson said. “I haven’t been able to get my PRs. Practices have been good. I have been able to do a lot of lifting. I haven’t been doing a lot of throwing. Coming out here and throwing tonight good. We don’t even have (an indoor shot). The two we had broke. It was good.”
Peterson has the top mark in Class 5A.
“I just have to get better,” Peterson said. “I still haven’t thrown what I can.”
Jerik Ochoa won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.55. Ochoa took second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 40.41, a personal best.
Ochoa traded wins with Hutchinson’s Tayezhan Crough.
“(The 110) was a pretty good race,” Ochoa said. “He’s so dominant in the 300. I missed a couple of steps, but I still got a PR. I’m feeling pretty good. I ran a 14.5 in the 110. I think I have a pretty good chance at regionals and state. In the 300, I PR’d by a half second. I still have some work to do there.”
Ochoa was recently accepted to the United States Military Academy (Army) at West Point, joining several other Railer athletes who have gone to service academies in recent years.
“It’s really exciting,” Ochoa said. “Their track coach contacted me as a junior. I went on a visit out there. I loved it. I love the coaches. It’s a great school academically. I’ve always wanted to join the military. I get to race at the next level.”
Eli Blaufuss won the 400-meter dash in 50.43. Joel Thompson was third in 52.95 and Santiago Castillo was fourth in 53.61.
Newton took second in the 4x800-meter relay in 8:27.30. Newton took second in the 4x100-meter relay in 43.86.
Zachary Garcia took second in the high jump with a personal best and school record 6-6. Garcia lost the tie-breaker to Caleb Grill of Maize. Both tied the meet record.
Garcia took third in the 200-meter dash in 23.20.
Milo Jones took second in the pole vault in 13-6.
Kenyon Forest took second in the javelin in 146-6.
Malachai Coleman took third in the long jump in 20-11 3/4.
Adan Wilmore-Lemus took third in the triple jump in 38-5 1/2.
The Railer girls were led by senior Maggie Remsberg with four wins and Kalli Anderson with three.
Remsberg won the 100-meter high hurdles in 14.78, followed by Rebecca Raymundo in second in 15.92. Remsberg finished .03 seconds off her meet record from last year.
The meet had a restart when Raymundo slipped in the blocks.
Remsberg won the 300-meter low hurdles in a meet and school record time of 44.20. Raymundo was third in 48.96.
Remsberg won the long jump in 17-8 1/4, 1/4-inch off the meet record. She also was a member of the winning 4x100-meter relay team.
“It was exciting to go out like that,” Remsberg said. “This was my last league meet. I wish we didn’t have the restart. It’s hard to get that amped up and do it again.”
Remsberg will be heading to Colorado-Colorado Springs in the fall to compete in track.
“The next two weeks are going to be interesting,” Remsberg said. “I’ll face (McPherson’s Emma) Ruddle. She’s my top competition. I’m excited. I want to get some more PRs.”
Anderson won the 100-meter dash in 12.15 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 25.66.
Anderson anchored the 4x100-meter relay team, which won in 49.49.
“I ran pretty good today,” Anderson said. “My start wasn’t as good as I was hoping to be. I just got out and got it done. In the 4x1, we had all good legs … I just had to bring it home for us. In the 200, I just got out well, better than I expected to. … In the relay, I’m not used to seeing the backs of people, so I had to push it home.”
Anderson is committed to run at Barton Community College in the fall.
“Hopefully, I start to get in the 11s (in the 100),” Anderson said. “I want to get in the 24s in the 200.”
Newton took third in the 4x800-meter relay in 10:27.22.
Asha Regier finished second in the high jump in 5-2, followed by Hayley Loewen in third in 5-0.
Lindsey Antonowich was third in the 800-meter run in 2:36.88.
Kayla Mwangi took third in the discus in 101-0.
Amanda Dorrell made her return to the track team with a fifth-place finish in the discus in 96-4.
Dorrell had been out since the middle of the basketball season with an illness that required hospitalization and surgery.
“I missed the last half of basketball season and only started practicing track last week,” Dorrell said. “I ended up getting sick. Then I had surgery. Then I spent 16 days in the hospital. Then I had to go to the hospital every day while I got better. I didn’t think I’d get to run track. Then I started to feel better and decided it’s my last year, so I started practicing.”
Dorrell was a state qualifier in the shot put last season. She was 2 1/4 inches out of medal contention last year.
“I want to try and get back to state,” Dorrell said. “It’s going to be tough, but if I work hard this week, I’ll have a chance.”
Newton will compete in the Class 5A regionals at noon Friday at Wichita Northwest with Great Bend, Hays, McPherson, Newton, Salina Central, Salina South, Valley Center, Wichita Heights and Wichita Northwest.
The meet will be held concurrently with a Class 6A regional.
The top four finishers in each event will advance to state May 24 and 25 at Cessna Stadium.
“It will be interesting,” Tad Remsberg said. “The way they’re running it, we’re going to get a little more rest. We’ll get them ready to go. I’m expecting really good performances — gals and guys.”