The St. James track team traveled to Owensville for Districts on Saturday, May 13. They found a lot of success, with the boys team finishing in second place overall. St. James was also able to advance athletes in 16 events, several of which were District Champions.
The boy's had the best showing overall, with champions in both track and field events. The first District Champ came in the 400m dash, where Dawson Lynch claimed first place with a time of 50.76. Isaac Altis also placed fourth in the event to advance to Sectionals. Lynch also qualified for Sectionals in the 100m dash with a time of 11:35. He was also on two qualifying relay teams. The Tigers were District Champions in the 4X400, which was anchored by Lynch and also included Altis, Grant Conway and Nick Halbrook. They had a time of 3:30.88, finishing in first by a full four seconds. Lynch was also on the second place finishing 4X100. They were edged by Eldon by a tenth of a second, finishing with a time of 44.24.
The hurdles provided St. James with two more District Championships. Conway continued his dominance in both the 110m and 300m hurdles with two more first place finishes. He started with the 110m hurdles, winning the event with a time of 14.41. He improved on his prelim time by more than half a second and won the event by roughly .3 seconds. He was then even better in the 300m hurdles, taking first with a time of 39.96. He won the event by a full second. Theon Hope also advanced in the 300m hurdles with a fourth place finish, but he was edged by Mountain Grove's Dustin Jarboe in the 110m final and finished in fifth. Conway typically also competes in the high jump, but he elected to focus on running events.
The boys' final champion was Trey Marshall. He won the triple jump with a leap of 43' 10.5", winning by nearly two feet. Mason Parker also advanced in two of the distance events. Parker finished in third in both the 1,600m and 3,200m runs with times of 4:50.8 and 10:49.58. Carter Keeney also qualified in the 200m dash. He took third in the highly competitive race with a time of 23.72.
The Tigers had one other close call, as the 4X200 relay team was edged by Osage by .35 second for the final qualifying spot.
The St. James girls had one champion at Districts and it came in a field event. Kasey Strong won the pole vault with a jump of nine feet. She narrowly missed out on qualifying in the high jump as well, but she lost the tiebreaker with Osage's Jordan Bartlett, as they both cleared 4' 8".
Heather Pankey qualified for the most events for the Lady Tigers and she started with the 200m dash. She took third in the event with a time of 27.62. Pankey then finished in second in the 400m dash with a time of 1:00.87. She was a fraction of a second behind Liberty Mountain View's Allison Smith. Pankey was also on the qualifying 4X200m relay team with Sarah Walls, Raina Forstrom and Hunter Pitts. They took third in the event with a time of 1:52.34.
The final qualifier was Kennedy Fane in the long jump. She jumped 14' 11", edging Osage's Loren Melton by four inches for the final qualifying spot.
Walls also nearly added a second event to go along with the 4X200 relay, but she was .08 seconds behind Eldon's Halle Herbert with a time of 13.47 to finish in fifth place.
Sectionals will take place at Eldon on Saturday, May 20.