COVINGTON -- Newton's track team put itself in a spot to take the Region 2-AAAAAA championship after the first day of the tournament at Twelve Oaks Stadium on Monday.
The Rams finished first in combined scores with 108 points followed by Lovejoy with 106. Rockdale and Alcovy are in fourth and fifth place with 65 and 56 points.
Both Newton squads finished in second place with the boys having three region champions scoring 64 points. The Newton girls also had three region champions for a total of 44 points.
Winning a region championship for the Newton boys were Malik Franklin (long jump -- 22 feet, 7.0 inches and triple jump -- 46-4.5) and Alex Grady (1,600 meter 4:29.17). Also winning a region championship was Rockdale's Robert McCray (discus -- 148-10, shot put -- 48-09).
Heading to the Class AAAAAA sectional as a result of their top-four finishes at Mill Creek on April 27 are, from Newton, Christian Scott (second at 1,600 -- 4:33.88), Kameron Wallace (second at pole vault -- 9-06), Kingsley Ejike (third at shot put -- 47-7.50) and Artice Hobbs (fourth at long jump -- 21-1.50). Representing Rockdale are Kyle Beyah (second at shot put -- 48-3.50), Tyree Newton (1,600 -- 4:41.15) and Keijne Thomas (third at discus -- 148-05) James Cummings (fourth at triple jump -- 46-2.50) with Natorie Philbert representing Alcovy with a fourth place finish in the high jump with a height of 5-08.
Newton's Mercedes Booker won two region championships, taking the top spot in the high jump with a height of 4-10 and long jump with a distance of 17-0.25. Also winning a region title for the Lady Rams was Brianna Hayden in the triple jump with a jump of 35-03.
Getting second-place finishes were Alcovy's Aleziah Wilson (discus -- 100-10) and Newton's Keri Washington (long jump -- 16-05.75). Wilson also had a third-place finish in the shot put (31-09.50) with Alcovy's Channa Hoskins (high jump -- 4-08) and Morgan Frank (3,200 -- 17:28.82) and Rockdale's Rachel Hayes (triple jump -- 32-08) and Mahalia Paul (long jump -- 15-07.50) coming in fourth.