The St. James and Newburg track teams took part in the Cuba Invitational on Thursday, April 13. St. James dominated the meet, with the boys winning the event with 146 team points and the Lady Tigers placing second with 111 team points. The girls team missed out of first place by just two team points. The boys and girls teams for Newburg both finished in 10th.


St. James got out to a great start with the sprinting events. Dawson Lynch and Carter Keeney both had top five finishes in the 100m dash. Lynch took second with a time of 11.61, .15 seconds out of first place. Keeney took fifth with a time of 11.91. Keeney then finished third in the 300m dash with a time of 24.12. St. James' Joseph Williams and Newburg's Mitch Ray finished in sixth and seventh respectively. Williams had a time of 25.13 and Ray had a time of 25.26. Lynch went on to win the 400m dash with a time of 51.33. Ray took third in the event with a time of 54.55.

St. James had two top 10 finishes in the 800m run with Isaac Altis and Mason Parker finishing back to back in sixth and seventh. Parker then finished in second in the 1,600m dash with a time of 4:52.45. Newburg's Trey Gaedke finished in fourth with a time of 5:02.23. Gaedke then won the 3,200m run with a time of 11:09.16. St. James finished fourth and fifth in the event with Ethan Barnett finishing with a time of 11:40.09 and Garrett Ranking finishing in 11:56.44. 

The hurdles were all Grant Conway for St. James. He won both the 110m and 300m hurdles with times of 14.94 and 40.86. He won both by more than a full second.

The Tigers also dominated the hurdles. St. James won the 4X100 and 4X400 relays by solid margins. They finished the 4X100 relay in 45.40, winning by just under two seconds. They then won the 4X400 by more than four seconds with a time of 3:33.58. The Tigers also finished in second in the 4X200 with a time of 1:38.52 and fourth in the 4X800 with a time of 9:11.23.

Conway had his fourth win of the meet by winning the high jump. He cleared six feet alongside two other jumpers, but won the tiebreaker of needing fewer attempts. Kam Barber finished in seventh in the event for St. James. St. James had a second win in jumping events when Trey Marshall took home the top spot in the triple jump. He won the event by more than two feet, clearing 42' 7". Ivan Fuhring finished sixth in the event for the Tigers. St. James also had two top five finishes in the long jump with Keyshawn Smith jumping 17' 10" for fourth and Fuhring jumping 17' 5" for fifth. Newburg and St. James also finished back to back in the top five in the pole vault. Jacob Russell and Collin Auxier both cleared 10' 6" for Newburg and St. James respectively. Russell needed fewer attempts, putting him in fourth and Auxier in fifth.


St. James and Newburg both had strong finishes in the dashes on Thursday. Heather Pankey won the 400m dash for St. James with a time of 1:02.22, while Newburg's Audrey Suschanke took home the top spot in the 200m dash with a time of 28.86. Sarah Walls also had a fourth place finish in the 200m and a fifth place finish in the 100m for the Lady Tigers.

Pankey kept winning as they moved into the distance runs. She the 800m run with a time of 2:33.52 as her only distance event. Newburg's Sarah West finished in eighth in the 800m run and seventh in the both the 1,600m and 3,200m runs.

The Lady Tigers also had strong finishes in the hurdles. Mackenzie Rogers and Emily Butts finished back to back for St. James in the 100m dash. Rogers took third with a time of 19.81 and Butts took third with a time of 20.88. Courtney Cale had the top finish for St. James in the 300m hurdles, taking third with a time of 54.38. Rogers finished in seventh in the event.

St. James dominated the relay events. They only had teams in three of the relays, winning the 4X100 and finishing in second in both the 4X200 and 4X400. The Lady Tigers won the 4X100 by nearly a second and a half with a time of 54.09. They had a time of 1:53.85 in the 4X200 and a time of 4:28.69 in the 4X400.

The Lady Tigers and Lady Wolves both had strong throwers at Cuba. Isabella Riccetti took fourth in both the shot put and the discus with a shot throw of 32' 1" and a discus throw of 79' 4". Allyssa Dondlinger threw for Newburg, placing sixth in the shot put with a throw of 29' 10" and placing eighth in the discus with a throw of 74 feet.

St. James and Newburg finished back to back at the top of the pole vault. Kasey Strong won the event for the Lady Tigers with by clearing 8' 6" and Suschanke finished in second by clearing 8 feet. St. James also had strong finishes from Kennedy Fane in the long and triple jumps. She finished in third in the long jump with a jump of 14' 9.5", edging Suschanke by three inches. Suschanke took fourth. Fane then finished in eighth in the triple jump with a jump of 29' 4.5".

Next up for St. James is a trip to Osage on Tuesday, April 18. Newburg will next host Owensville on Friday, April 21.