New­ton track cel­e­brates cham­pion team

New­ton track cel­e­brates cham­pi­onship 2011 ac­com­plish­ments

The Covington News - - Front Page - Josh Briggs jbriggs@cov­

Days be­fore school re­con­venes for the 2011-12 year, New­ton hon­ored its boys' track team and the Class AAAAA cham­pi­onship 4x100 me­ter re­lay team one last time in a banner and ring cer­e­mony Thurs­day.

Head track coach Cortez Allen passed out cham­pi­onship ba­tons to mem­bers of the team to honor the most re­cent 2-AAAAA re­gion cham­pi­onship. The boys' track team won the re­gion cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year in May.

"This is the spe­cial part of ath­let­ics," Allen said. "Be­ing a for­mer ath­lete in high school and col­lege and be­ing a part of cham­pi­onship-cal­iber pro­grams, I know there's noth­ing like this day."

The two-time state cham­pion re­lay team also re­ceived their cham­pi­onship rings. Dar­ius Dean, Akeem Hunt, Tyler Long and Chris Dick­er­son cap­tured the school's sec­ond con­sec­u­tive state cham­pi­onship at the Class AAAAA meet in May. The quar­tet's time of 41.79 bested McEach­ern's time of 41.980.

Long, Dick­er­son and Hunt grad­u­ated in May as two-time state champs in the 400 me­ter re­lay. They were a part of last year's team along with Bart Lind­sey that brought the school's first track state cham­pi­onship when they ran a blis­ter­ing 41.67.

Hunt along with Chris­tian Croone and Devon Mann, al­ter­nates on the 400 me­ter team, and Thomas Miller also fin­ished third in the 4x400 or 1600 me­ter re­lay at the state meet. Hunt fin­ished sec­ond in the long jump as well while Miller placed fourth in the 800 me­ters and sev­enth in the 1600 me­ters.

"The fact that we were able to come back and re­peat as state cham­pi­ons is a great feat," Allen said. "We are re­ally proud of our guys and the work they put in. This one was much more dif­fi­cult. Go­ing around a sec­ond time is hard. We had a lot of stuff go on this year but we stuck to­gether as a team — as a fam­ily and we trusted in each other and went on to re­peat as state cham­pi­ons."

Josh Briggs/the Cov­ing­ton News

The New­ton boys cham­pi­onship 4x100 me­ter re­lay team, (from left) Akeem Hunt, Tyler Long, Devon Mann and Dar­ius Dean show off their new jew­elry af­ter the ring cer­e­mony Thurs­day.

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