NEWTON, NJ—Despite the storm on Tuesday, the Newton High School track team along with eight other teams competed in the Sussex County Championship Invitational at Newton High School.

The invitational finally got started after three delays due to lightening. The event started at 7:45 p.m.

While waiting for the storm to pass, Wallkill Valley’s track team left and decided not to compete, while Kittatinny’s track team got stuck in their school parking lot when a tree came down in the path of the school bus. Members had to find their own ways to Newton High School in order to compete.

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Athletes from Newton, Kittatinny, High Point, Sussex County Technical School, Lenape Valley, Pope John, Sparta, Vernon, and Hopatcong competed in 32 events.

The Newton team placed in 24 of the 32 events and placed in the top three for 17 of the events that occurred during the invitational.

Many of the Newton girls placed well in multiple track events.

Kayleigh Furth placed second in the Girls 100 Meter dash with a time of 12.82 and first in the girls 200 meter dash with a time of 25.71. Kass Wojcik also placed in the 200 meter dash, with a time of 27.31 she took fourth.

Madison Latimer placed second in the girls 400 meter run with a time of 1:00.23, Victoria Docherty placed fourth in the girls 800 with a time of 2:27.82, and Olivia Buckley took fifth in the 1600 meter run with a time of 6:05.66 and sixth in the 3200 meter run with a time of 13:19.13.

For Hurdles, Leah Dykstra placed sixth in the 100 meter event with a time of 17.60, while Ashley Morand placed third and Wojcik placed fourth in the 400 meter hurdles. Morand had a time of 1:08.59 and Wojcik had a time of 1:08.91.

The Newton High School girls relay team won first place in the 4x400 meter relay with a total time of 4:05.56. The members included Wojcik, Morand, Latimer, and Furth as the anchor.

In the field events, the girls from Newton placed well as well. Newton took first through third in the Pole Vault event. Docherty and Dykstra each had a distance of 9-00.00 and Danielly de Miranda had a distance of 7-06.00 for third.

Jessie Brannick took sixth in the High Jump with 4-02.00, while Morgan Medunick took third in the triple jump with a distance of 30-09.00 and Dykstra took fifth with a distance of 29-03.50.

Arianna and Gianna Ziegler took first and second in the shot put event. Arianna with a distance of 33-07.00 and Gianna with a distance of 31-11.50. Jade Luciani place sixth in the event with a distance of 29-03.00.

Arianna Ziegler took first place in discus with a distance of 107-08, followed by Luciani with a distance of 103-07. Gianna placed seventh with a distance of 83-10, but placed first in the javelin throw with a distance of 94-00, while Dana Catalano placed second with a distance of 85-02 and Brannick took sixth with a distance of 74-11.  

The Newton boys did well in both track and field events as well.

Anthony Briones took third in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.89, while Kevin Ayoso placed third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.84. Andrew Gratti placed fourth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:04.34 and Dylan Decker placed sixth with a time of 2:07.19.

Omar Montalvo placed second with a time of 4:39.73 in the 1600 meter run, while Gratti placed sixth in the same event with a time of 4:52.33.

For the hurdle events, Jaheim Shannon placed third in the 110 meter event with a time of 16.70 and Jaiden Elliot placed fifth in the same event with a time of 17.22.

For field events, Newton took fourth and fifth in the boys high jump event. Matt Malvey took fourth with a height of 5-06.00 and Ayoso took fifth with a height of 5-04.00.

Briones placed third in the long jump event with a distance of 18-11.25, while Elliot placed second in the triple jump event with a distance of 42-02.00.

Richie Reczka placed sixth in the discus throw with a distance of 112-08 and Jimmy Snyder placed second in the javelin throw with a distance of 130-01.