Newton athletes qualify for state in seven events
MARSHALLTOWN — Under typical spring-like weather — or at least this spring — Newton Cardinal track athletes did the work at Thursday’s Class 4A state qualifying track meet in Marshalltown. The Newton girls had automatic qualifications in five events and the Cardinals boys had two automatic qualifications.
Juniors Sarah Kalkhoff and Deonne Harris left no doubt they were headed to next week’s Iowa state track meet at Drake University. They won district championships.
The top two finishers in each event earn automatic state meet berths. Newton has several athletes waiting in the wings to see if their times or marks were strong enough to be at-large qualifiers. The state associations will release the full list of state meet qualifers later today.
Kalkhoff won the girls’ discus with a throw of 125 feet, 7 inches. Harris was never challenged in the 110-meter high hurdles, winning in 14.94 seconds.
Harris also anchored the boys’ 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay team to second place. Harris, Levi Michener, J.T. Thongvanh and Jarom Williams had a season-best 1 minute, .32 seconds.
Newton’s Grace Coen ran second in both the 3,000 meters (11:02.03) and the 1,500 meters (4:54.01) to qualify for state. Anna Barr finished second in the 400-meter hurdles, 1:10.66.
Coen combined with Amber Karston, Leela Spencer and Sydney Jenkins for second in the distance medley relay in 4:24.20.
A full report will be in Monday’s Daily News.