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NHS boys place at ISU High School Classic

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 9:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:21 a.m. CDT
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(Jocelyn Sheets/Daily News)
Newton High senior Brennen Dodd, seen here competing at the Little Hawkeye Conference indoor meet last week in Grinnell, helped the Cardinal boys finish fifth in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay at Tuesday’s Iowa State High School Classic in Ames. Dodd combined with juniors Clayton Baltisberger, Matthew Karsten and Jack Callaghan in the relay, posting a time of 3:45.41 to win their heat and place fifth overall in a field of 62 teams.

AMES — The foursome ran together a year ago, qualifying for the Iowa outdoor track state meet. On Tuesday, senior Brennen Dodd and juniors Clayton Baltisberger, Matthew Karsten and Jack Callaghan combined for Newton High’s 1,600 sprint medley relay run at the 2017 Iowa State High School Classic indoor meet.

The Cardinals were in the final heat of the relay race. They won the heat in 3 minutes, 45.41 seconds, which pushed them into fifth place overall.

Just prior to the medley relay race, Newton senior Noah Sander posted a sub-5-minute race in the 1,600-meter run. Sander finished 33rd in a field of 120 runners. His time was 4:49.29.

“Noah did awesome breaking the 5-minute mark in the mile. He’s worked so hard and he deserves it,” Newton head coach Tanner Clute said.

“We knew going into the season our medley would be very competitive. We had very good splits out of all of the kids Tuesday. Our time could have been a lot better because we were not seeded correctly. That was my fault. I got our times in late,”

Junior Landon Hansen and sophomore Jaise Gulling were in a field of 95 throws in the Classic’s shot put. Hansen claimed ninth place with a throw of 46 feet, 8 inches. Gulling took 24th with a toss of 42-11.

Little Hawkeye Conference indoor 60-meter hurdle champion Jaron Roush placed 18th in the event at the Iowa State meet. The junior ran the race in 8.89 seconds. Karsten took 28th in the 60-meter dash in 7.48 seconds.

Newton’s boys concluded their two-meet indoor season Tuesday. They open the 2017 outdoor track season April 4 at South Tama.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at 641-792-3121 ext. 6535 or jsheets@newtondailynews.com

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