Newton soars to new heights for Raiders

Everyone has a reason for trying out something new. Khiara Newton’s reason for attempting to pole vault during her freshman season at Navarre is a pretty simple one.

“It just seemed fun,” Newton said prior to the start of track practice Monday afternoon.

Newton is having fun for sure. She is also enjoying success, winning the event for the first time Friday at the Andrews Invitational

Newton soared to a height of 8-feet-2-inches on a rain-soaked morning in Gulf Breeze.

“It felt good to win,” Newton said. “It’s the first time I’ve won the (pole vault) in a varsity meet.”

It has been an impressive run for the freshman this season to say the least. Newton asked Navarre head coach Maryann Urban if she could try the pole vault this year and Urban had no problem with it.

“I let them try anything at the beginning,” Urban said. “When she was good at it, I wasn’t really surprised because she does have a background in gymnastics but I didn’t expect her to be this good, this fast. She has a lot of potential.”

The Raiders have shown a lot of potential as a team and several members of the girls team shined at the Andrews Invite, which was called shortly after 11:30 a.m. because of a downpour of rain.

Khiara’s older sister, Khorri, won the high jump with a leap of five feet while Mikayla Mayfield took second in the 100 with a time of 13.83 Teammate Alexandra Nicely finished fourth in a time of 14.25.

Jennifer Seward was the runner-up in the mile run with a time of 5:45.04. Sophia Tucker placed seventh in the event, crossing the finish line in a time of 6:05.44.

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