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Cardinal boys take on district-type competition

Coming out of the blocks strong is Newton’s Josh Miravalles in a relay race last week at home. The Newton boys competed at Norwalk Monday.
Coming out of the blocks strong is Newton’s Josh Miravalles in a relay race last week at home. The Newton boys competed at Norwalk Monday.

NORWALK — On a windy, cool day, there weren’t any personal-best performances turned in by Newton High’s boys at Monday’s Norwalk Boys Invitational track meet.

Newton boys’ head coach Tom Bartello wasn’t disappointed considering the weather.

“This meet had competition similar to our district meet,” he said. “It gave us an idea of where we’re at as individuals and as a team as well as what we need to work on to prepare for the district meet.”

Newton scored 34 points, finishing eighth. Urbandale tallied 133 points for first place. The top eight finishers in each event scored team points.

It was the final invitational before this week’s Drake Relays. Newton’s Deonne Harris goes to the Drake Relays for the third straight time, qualified in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Harris stayed undefeated in his main event, winning the 110 hurdles in 14.95 seconds at Norwalk. J.T. Thongvanh competed for the first time this season, taking eighth in 16.93 seconds.

Jake Bennett finished sixth in the 400 hurdles in 1 minute, 3.49 seconds. Harris, Thongvanh, Bennett and Jaron Roush combined to place third in the shuttle hurdle relay race in 1:02.95.

Matthew Karsten ran eighth in the 100-meter dash in 11.83 seconds and Thongvanh was 10th in 11.85. Karsten took 11th in the 200 in 25.33 seconds and Harrison McCarey placed 15th in 26.41.

Christian Laube ran under five minutes in the 1,600 for the second straight meet, placing seventh in 4:59.01. Dylan Main was 11th in 5:38.8. Laube placed 10th in the 800 at 2:22.87 and Mikey Bradley was 11th in 2:25.72.

Jack Callaghan finished 11th in the 400 meters in 57.89 seconds and Carson Cazett took 13th in 1:01.49.

Jace Lukefahr claimed the sixth-place spot in the discus with a throw of 117 feet, 8 inches. Mason Bowes was 16th at 102-4. Bowes and Alex Miller tied for ninth in the shot put with throws of 39-3.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Josh Miravalles, McCarey, Clayton Baltisberger and Jaron Roush finished seventh in 1:47.69. Miravalles, Jaron Roush, McCarey and Karsten combined for an eighth-place time of 50.48 seconds in the 4x100.

Bennett, McCarey, Callaghan and Karsten took seventh in the 4x400 relay in 3:35.53. Newton’s 1,600 distance medley relay foursome of Cazett, Baltisberger, Callaghan and De’Andre Roush placed eighth in 4:29.78.

Newton’s varsity team of Bradley, De’Andre Roush, Zach Theis and Laube placed seventh in the 4x800 race in 9:59.08. Newton’s junior varsity team of Main, Brian Brimson, Blake Robson and Chad Nolin posted a time of 11:26.14.

Theis and Robson ran in the 1,600-meter race but did not score points. Theis posted a time of 5:52.15 and Robson finished in 6:23.43.

In the junior varsity division, Newton was sixth with 38 points.

Landon Hansen won the junior varsity shot put with a toss of 39-3 with Lukefahr in second at 39-1. Miller took second in the discus at 102-5 and Hanson was eighth at 92-10.

Baltisberger ran sixth in the 200 in 26.46 seconds and Cazett was ninth in 26.97. Miravalies was 10th in the 100 at 12.92 seconds and Skyler Tool was 13th in 14.91.

Tool placed seventh in the 400 in 1:11.67 and Collin Jacobsen was eighth in 1:15.83. Nolin was eighth in the 800 in 3:10.83. The 4x400 relay team of De’Andrea Roush, Theis, Robson and Main was fifth in 4:37.37.

Newton’s next invitational track meet is April 30 at Grinnell.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
641-792-3121 ext. 6535 or

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