JC tracksters post solid marks at state meet

JC's Keiana Newman jumps over a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdles Saturday afternoon at Cessna Stadium.

Keiana Newman left her mark in the Junction City High School track program after adding another 100-meter hurdle state championship to her resume. She finished with a time of 14.85 seconds at the state track meet in Wichita this weekend. Despite accomplishing this feat, Newman realized it wasn’t even one of her best performances. 

“It feels really good,” Newman said. “I feel I could have run a better time because that’s not my (personal record), but it stills feels good.”

She later participated in another hurdles competition — in the 300-meter hurdles — where Jaleesa McWashington of Olathe Northwest edged her by .03 seconds to finish first. It was the second year in a row Newman finished in second place in that race, and it was the first time Newsman had raced against McWashington. 

Newman had been crowned champion in those races during previous seasons, and by racking up one more state championship to her collection, Newman believes this is enough to consider her one of the best hurdlers JCHS has seen. 

“I worked really hard and of course other people worked hard to get where they’re at,” Newman said. “It takes a lot of work and dedication to get to that point.”

The state track meet was hampered by inclement weather, and events were not wrapped up until Sunday. It typically ends on Saturday. Other JC results included:

• Savannah Adams placed third in shot put (40-03.5) and sixth in discus (116-02)

• Tez Brime placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of (41.07)

• Sherri Jones placed fifth in the shot put (39-10.75)

• Juan Tovar finished sixth in the 800-meter run (1:59.47)

• Chaz Ruffin finished sixth in the high jump (6-00)

• The 4x100 team of Tez Brime, Marcello Bussey, Aaron Hamilton and DJ Giddens placed sixth (43.51)

• Antonio Cooper placed seventh in shot put (47-11.75)

• Tez Brime placed 12th in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.25)

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