Newton’s girls track and field team moved into the top 20 in Class 3A in the 4x800-meter relay after an impressive performance at H.A. Lynn Stadium on Friday.
The Cardinals were shut out of the win column but had two second-place finishes and a pair of thirds during the Cardinal Invitational.
The 4x800 and shuttle hurdle relays grabbed the silver medals and Newton finished seventh with 58 points.
Oskaloosa won the 11-team field with 122 points. ADM was second at 108.5 and the rest of the top six were separated by just four points. Ottumwa (94) and Pella (94) tied for third, Ames (93.5) finished fifth and Grinnell (90) ended up sixth.
The runner-up 4x800 team for Newton ran a season-best time of 10 minutes, 42.38 seconds. That group included Kate Muckler, Grace Benson, Ashay Malow and Alyssa Shannon and that time currently ranks 19th in 3A.
The shuttle hurdle relay team of Libby Shores, Chloe Rorabaugh, JaQuay Priest and Addy Terpstra finished second in 1:14.22.
Kealey Manning also had a big throw in the shot put. She was fourth in a tough field with a career-best toss of 35 feet, 3 inches. That distance currently sits 23rd in 3A.
The two third-place finishes came from Shannon in the 800 and the 4x400 relay team.
Shannon anchored the 4x400 relay team with Muckler, Gracie Clayton and Malow and they finished in 4:33.13. Shannon completed the 800 in 2:33.94.
The other top-six finishes came from Rorabaugh in the 100 hurdles and Taylor Schilling in the 400. Rorabaugh finished with a career-best time of 18.65 seconds and Schilling ran a career-best time of 1:07.31.
Colfax-Mingo brought a handful of athletes over to compete on Friday. The Tigerhawks finished ninth in the team race with 19.5 points.
Carley Underwood was second in the 100 hurdles with a career-best time of 17.36. She also was sixth in the long jump with a career-best leap of 14-9.
Kyra Lester took third in the discus but had a career-best toss of 110-3.
The rest of the field included Dowling Catholic (31.5), South Tama County (18) and Saydel (9).