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Newton track finishes fourth at region meet
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The Newton High boys and girls track teams each finished fourth overall in the Region 2-AAAAA meet on Wednesday at Lakewood Stadium.

Five Newton athletes qualified for state - two boys and three girls.

In boys action, Stephenson was crowned region champions with 105 points. Overall, the Rams tallied 51.50 points.

Newton's Travis Knight finished the season by winning the boys 3,200-meter run on the last day of action. Knight finished with a time of 10 minutes, 31.68 seconds.

Knight also placed third in the 1,600-meter run with a mark of 4:36.99.

Other top scorers for the boys were Yvens Joseph, Ladarren Hall and Kegan Marks.

Joseph placed third overall in the 800-meter run (2:01.97). Hall ended sixth during the 3,200-meter run (11:02.87), while Marks finished sixth in the 100-meter dash (11.26).

Tyler Ransom finished first in the pole vault (11-6.00). Brian Forde was fourth in discus (133-4.50). Gregory Armstead ended fourth in the high jump (6-2.00), while Omar Crawley took fifth in the long jump (21-4.50).

Both Knight and Ransom each qualified for state, which will be held May 8-10 in Jefferson.

For the girls, Luella won the region, scoring 108 points. Overall, the Lady Rams totaled 71 points.

Newton's Shay Marks ended third overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.69.

Three Lady Rams qualified for state, including Shay Marks (triple jump), Ameryst Armstead (3,200-meter) and Keycia Thompson (pole vault). They will compete at the state finals beginning Thursday in Albany.

"(Shay) did well to place third, and was competitive in all the events," said Newton girls coach Aaron Robinson.

Marks also placed first in the triple jump (37-7.00) and third in the long jump (18-5.25).

Ameryst Armstead finished second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:34.48. Armstead also placed third in the 1,600-meter run (5:37.11).

Danielle Manning was sixth in the 200-meter dash (26.80). Chaconna Marks placed third in discus (105-4.00).

Keycia Thompson placed second in the pole vault (7-0.00). Valenzia Shepherd was fourth in the high jump (5-2.00).

The Lady Rams finished fourth in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 50.01.