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NHS harriers compete in 4A state qualifier today

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 11:46 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 11:47 a.m. CST

MARSHALLTOWN — Newton’s cross country athletes are at Marshalltown going after Class 4A state cross country meet spots. The Class 4A state qualifying meet is at 4 p.m. today at Marshalltown Community College.

Sophomore Grace Coen is attempting to qualify for back-to-back state meets. Juniors Hailey Coy, Autumn Hunt, Anna Barr and Amber Knight along with freshmen Ellie Horn and Jordyn Soule have been improving all season.

“It looks to be a fun meet.  We have great competition in our district to really push and challenge the team and I’m excited to see how they respond,” said Rachelle Tipton, Newton girls’ head coach. “Grace has had an outstanding season and is looking to finish it with a repeat trip to state.  She has the right competition and mind set to make it happen.”

Newton’s bouys are led by juniors Christian Laube and Jacob Thomas. Thomas and Laube finished in the top seven at last week’s Little Hawkeye Conference meet. Sophomore Chase Dykstra and juniors Justin Simms, Grant Osborn and Jacob Arrowood along with freshman Justin Fischer have produced good times this season.

“The boys are warmed up and ready to run at the district meet.  As a team the competition is going to be tough to qualify, but it’s the state meet and we can’t expect anyone to hand us an invitation,” said Tom Bartello, Newton boys’ head coach.

“We have been working on, focusing, and preparing for this meet all season.  We are looking forward to showing other teams how much we have grown.  The coaching staff took some time the last few weeks to discuss with the each athlete what it is going to take to qualify both as individuals and as a team.  

“At this point in the season it is really time for the coaches to sit back and let the athletes take the lead.  It it going to take a lot of heart and determination to qualify this year, and that is exactly what we have prepared to bring to the district meet,” Bartello added.

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