By RYAN CZACHORSKI
---- — NEWTON -- Newton got out to a quick start in Thursday’s quad meet with Neoga, Robinson and Marshall, as the Eagles’ Reise Wyatt took home the shot put.
It was the start of things to come, as Newton took home six first-place finishes and started its outdoor season with a win. The Eagles piled up 103 points to win the meet, Neoga finished second with 77, Robinson finished third with 48 and Marshall took home fourth with 44 points.
Behind Wyatt, Rachel Mammoser and McKendra Barthelme, Newton grabbed three of the five wins in the field events. Mammoser won the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 10 inches and Barthelme won the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 5 inches.
Neoga and Marshall split the other two field events. Neoga’s Taylor Rich won the triple jump by jumping 32 feet, 4 inches, and Marshall’s Ariana Kuhn won the discus with a toss of 109 feet, 6 inches. Still, Newton grabbed second place in both of those events, and also took third and fourth in the triple jump, pushing their lead out further.
Newton would win three more events in the track stage; Barthelme won both the 100-meter hurdles (16.86) and 300-meter hurdles (51.37), while Hannah Litzelman won the 400-meter dash in 1:06.04.
The Indians took home two wins in the relays, winning the 4x100 in 54.29 and the 4x200 in 1:51. Courtney Croy earned Neoga’s other two wins on the day, winning the 100-meter dash in 13.08 and the 200-meter dash in 27.17.
But Newton kept piling up the points, taking second place in the 4x800 relay, the 100-meter dash, the 800-meter run, the 4x200 relay, the 200-meter dash and the 4x400 meter relay. So as Neoga tried to press the issue with first-place finishes, Newton softened the blow by generally being the runners up.
Neoga still accumulated 77 points while not competing the the 4x800 relay, the 3200-meter run and the 1600-meter run. Newton earned nine points in those events as well.
The Indians will look to use the momentum from their second-place finish next Tuesday, when they run at Altamont against St. Elmo, Stew-Stras and the host Altamont Indians.
Newton will get back out there Saturday, challenging Effingham, Altamont, Casey-Westfield, Charleston and T-Town at the Teutopolis Invitational.