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Cardinal boys’ track team has new coach, new look for 2019

Youth will be powering the Newton High boys’ track team in 2019, but five seniors and seven juniors will be steering the Cardinals.

Guiding the 2019 Cardinal track team will be first-year head coach Chad Garvis and his new assistant coach Loren Jacobsen. Jeff Richardson returns as the throwing coach for both the Newton boys and girls.

“We are a young team with 25 underclassmen. We’ll be working to find the right combinations for relays and events,” Garvis said. “Our kids have come with positive outlook and we’re looking a lot of growth throughout the season.”

More than 35 athletes are out for track this season, which is a good sign for Garvis. His first goal was to get more kids involved in track.

Garvis worked with student who are juniors, sophomores and freshmen at Newton’s Berg Middle School the past three years before moving to the high school staff. Garvis coached cross country at Berg.

Newton has only one returner who qualified for the Class 4A state track meet in 2018. The Cardinals will compete in Class 3A in postseason in 2019.

Junior Camden Winther was on the 4x400-meter relay team which finished 15th at the state meet in 3 Minutes, 28.31 seconds. Winther placed second in the 400 meters at the 2019 Little Hawkeye Conference indoor meet two weeks ago.

Three seniors are returners with one on the track and two throwers. Adam Hunter is Newton’s top distance runner back on the track with the best times from a year ago in the 1,600 and 3,200 races.

Ben Peterson and Mason Lee are throwers. Peterson was Newton’s second-best shot put thrower a year ago, throwing more than 43 feet. Peterson and Lee went third and fifth, respectively, in LHC indoor meet.

“Ben has thrown more than 46 feet this year in the shot and will have a shot at making it to state,” Garvis said. “Mason is going to be throwing and running this year. He placed fourth in the 60 meters in the indoor meet this year. He will be a huge help in both areas for us.”

Senior MaKenna Davis is out for the first time and helps with depth in sprints and jumping events for the Cardinals. Davis was second in the LHC indoor 200 meters. He will also compete in the long jump and high jump.

Senior Chance Steinbeck is another distance runner. Hunter and Steinbeck will have a group of freshmen to help in the middle and distance individual races and relays. 

Freshman Treycen Garton led the Newton cross country team along with Hunter. Brennan Amos, Jackson Mace, Emmanuel Roy and Derek Beiner and junior Chayton Lambertus-Hamm provide depth.

Juniors Dalton Altemeier and Logan Cummins return as sprinters. Dylan Farver is back out as a junior and is expected to help with relays and sprint events.

Newton’s distance medley relay team of Lee, Farver, Winther and Amos won the LHC indoor championship. Garvis said once they begin the outdoor season, they will be working on finding the right fits for all the relays.

Sophomore Gavin Urias and Jaden Dydell are back as hurdlers and jumpers. Garvis said he is working to develop a core group of hurdlers. Sophomore Nicholas Millbrooks, junior John Neal and freshmen Cole Swank and Reese Hammons have run hurdles during the indoor meets this season.

“It’s all about confidence of going over the hurdles. It takes some time to develop that plus the speed and technique of hurdle races,” Garvis said.

Sophomore Owen Sanger is back out as a competitor in the shot put and discus events. Zane Biondi is a sophomore for sprints and relays.

“It was tough with the weather we had since we started practicing. We haven’t had a lot of opportunities to be outside yet,” Garvis said before the first indoor meet. “We have a couple of indoor meets under our belts and are seeing progress.”

Garvis was born in Iowa but grew up in southwest Minnesota. He competed in high school track and wrestling. He was a runner for his high school track team.

“Track is the best sport in high school because it makes you better in everything. With that said, I want to work with our coaches of other sports to encourage kids to come out for track to help prepare those athletes for sports like football, wrestling, basketball or whatever,” Garvis said.

Newton has one final indoor meet, Thursday’s Colfax-Mingo Coed Invitational at Grinnell College, before opening the outdoor season next week. The Cardinal boys’ first outdoor track meet is March 30 at Knoxville.

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

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