Newton qualifies for state cross country meet
Knight wins boys individual region title; Armstead finishes second for Lady Rams
Thanks to a superb effort Saturday during the Region 2AAAAA cross country meet, both the Newton boys and girls will be advancing to the state championships on Satur- day in Carrollton.
The Newton boys finished third overall behind Luella and Union Grove. The Lady Rams placed fourth behind Union Grove, Luella and Redan.
It marks the fourth consecu- tive year in a row that both Newton teams have qualified for state.
Newton’s Travis Knight ran a personal best time of 17 minutes and 36.4 seconds.
For the girls, Luella’s Kayla Millholland won the region with a mark of 20:43. Newton’s Ameryst Armstead finished second with a time of 21:03.
For the boys, other top finishers were Raymond Menefee (12th, 18:36), LeDarren Hall (16th, 18:57), Tyler Ransom (17th, 18:58), Carl Collins (20th, 19:18) and Matt Knight (25th, 20:05).
Meanwhile, top finishers for the Lady Rams were Megan Heineman (8th, 22:26) and Tashia Bowrin (24th, 25:22).
The Newton boys finished with an average time of 18:41.2. The Lady Rams ended with an average time of 24:35.
Newton will compete in the Class AAAAA cross country championships beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday in Carrollton.