CEDAR FALLS — Newton’s and Colfax-Mingo’s boys opened the indoor track season Tuesday in the 2014 Boys Dickinson Relays at the University of Northern Iowa.
Newton junior Deonne Harris captured the third-place medal in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.41 seconds. That was the top performance by the two area teams at the UNI Dome.
“The boys ran as expected last night. With the cold weather and snow this year, last night was the second time we were able to get on a track and really run,” Newton head coach Tom Bartello said. “It was nice to get some times as a baseline to work from for this year.”
Jarom Williams, Newton junior, tied for 15th in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 3 inches. Also in the event, Colfax-Mingo’s Blake Summy was 47th at 17’10”, Jake Lietz placed 59th at 16’10 1/2”, and Jimmy Abell took 74th at 15’3”.
Williams finished 33rd in the 400-meter dash in 56 seconds and Newton senior Jacob Walker was 50th in 56.58 seconds. The Tigerhawks had Lietz in 46th at 56.71, Gabe Simpson in 69th in 58.84 seconds and Abell in 103rd at 1 minute, 2.9 seconds.
In the 200-meter dash, Newton’s Williams was 51st in 25.23 seconds and junior J.T. Thongvanh ran 62nd in 25.45. Summy of Colfax-Mingo was 61st in 24.41 seconds and his teammate Kyle Breen was 110th in 27.58.
Newton junior Jacob Thomas finished 47th in the 800-meter race in 2:16.55 and senior Sean Cook was 71st in 2:21.35. Jaden Rush of Colfax-Mingo placed 92nd in 2:25.59.
The Tigerhawk 4x800-meter relay team finished 32nd in 9:30.14. Newton’s 4x800-meter relay team was 39th in 9:45.81.
In the 4x200-meter relay race, Newton’s foursome edged out Colfax-Mingo finishing 39th and 40th, respectively. Newton’s time was 1:43.66 and Colfax-Mingo posted a time of 1:44.05.
Colfax-Mingo placed 32nd in the 4x400-meter relay race in 3:57.26 and Newton was 35th in 3:58.79.
Newton sophomore Zakk Weatherly finished 72nd in the shot put with a throw of 36’10”.
Running in the 60-meter dash preliminaries for Newton were Thongvanh, senior Brandon Fisher and junior Levi Mitchner. Fisher also competed in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries. Colfax-Mingo’s Breen ran the 60-meter dash.
The Cardinal boys along with the girls are at Grinnell College Friday. The Tigerhawk boys and girls go to Central College Friday.