OSKALOOSA — Almost perfect conditions allowed Newton track athletes to compete well at Saturday’s 87th Osky Relays in Oskaloosa.
Newton’s boys and girls entered a limited number of athletes in the competition. In the Class A Division, Newton’s boys scored 45 points for sixth place and the girls were sixth with 34 points.
It was windy on Saturday, but Jarom Williams and Deonne Harris weren’t knocked off their strides for the Cardinal boys. Williams captured the gold medal in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Harris cruised over the 110-meter high hurdles for a winning time of 15.37 seconds.
Jacob Thomas cut through the wind running the distance races for Newton. Thomas was second in the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 54.35 seconds and second in the 800-meter race in 2:10.32.
“The wind was definitely a factor for times, but the boys still competed well at the meet. The runners did a great job representing Newton,” said Tom Bartello, Newton boys’ head coach.
“We competed fairly well for missing half of our team and the windy conditions. Several girls had season or personal best performances. It is great to see their hard work continue to pay off,” Newton girls’ head coach Rachel Tomas said.
The Cardinal girls’ top performances were two third-place finishes. Sydney Jenkins placed third in the 400-meter dash in 1:03.81. Kacy Cazett, Fran Lucas, Jenkins and Grace Coen combined to place third in the 800-meter sprint medley relay race in 2:00.57.
Newton’s teams host an invitational meet for boys and girls Thursday at H.A.Lynn Stadium. Field events begin at 4:30 p.m.
Newton’s boys finished second in the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle race in 1:06.27. Team members were Williams, Jake Bennett, Levi Michener and J.T. Thongvanh. Williams finished sixth in the 200-meter dash in 24.45 and Thongvanh was 12th in 26 seconds.
Bennett placed eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.59. Earl Kimmel was 10th in the 100-meter dash in 13.31 seconds.
Newton’s girls had five fourth-place finishes.
Madison Bagnall placed fourth in the shot put, 31’2 1/2”, and in the discus, 90’ 21/4”. Kelly Klingensmith was 10th in the shot put at 22’ 61/2” and ninth in the discus, 66’9 1/2”. Sarah Prendergast took eighth in the long jump with a leap of 11’10”.
The Cardinal 4x800-meter relay team of Brooklynn Maddison, Prendergast, Kaelee Knoll and Annie Hurt was fourth in 11:54.68. Prendergast, Knoll and Hurt combined with MariAnna Ulrey to finish fourth in the 4x400-meter relay race in 5:18.
Cazett, Emma Meyer, Fran Lucas and Bailey Zaruba posted a fourth-place time of 54.15 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay race. Cazett placed eighth in the 100-meter dash in 14.98 and Meyer was ninth in 15.14 seconds. In the 100-meter high hurdles, Zaruba was sixth in 19.01 seconds and Lucas ended up seventh in 20.28 seconds.
Molly Davros ran eighth in the 200-meter dash in 31.03 seconds and Jenkins was ninth in 31.49 seconds. Davros, Meyer, Prendergast and Knoll combined for sixth place in 5:18.40 in the distance medley relay race.
Ulrey finished eighth in the 800-meter run in 3:15.07. In the 1,500-meter race, Maddison placed eighth in 6:40.10 and Halie Doland was ninth in 6:45.06.