The St. James track team is three meets into their season and they've found some solid success so far. The team ran in those three events in rapid succession, taking part in the Eagle Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Linn Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 9 and the Steelville Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 14. St. James had a total of four top 10 finishes in those races, as well as the boys earning a second place finish as a team at Steelville.
St. James started with the Eagle Invitational with Heather Pankey and Mason Parker leading the charge. Pankey had the top finish for St. James when she placed fifth in the girls varsity race with a time of 21:28. St. James only had one other female runner, so they did not have a team score. Junior Alexis Tune was the other female runner for St. James, finishing 33rd with a time of 28:27.
Parker then led the boys team in the race, finishing in sixth place with a time of 17:06. The Tigers had five varsity runners, placing them ninth as a team. The second boys finisher was Andrew Branson, who finished in 46th with a time of 19:45. Austin Ridenhour was right behind him in 47th with a time of 19:46. Freshman Kadin Guese finished 53rd with a time of 20:15, while Ethan Barnett rounded out the boys squad with a 57th place finish and a time of 20:29.
Four JV boys ran at the event for St. James. Daniel Brown, Levi Brown and Drew Nappier finished back to back to back in 24th, 25th and 26th with times of 23:00, 23:08 and 23:57, respectively. Logan Holt then finished in 28th with a time of 26:10.
St. James then moved on to the highly competitive Linn Invitational. The girls again only had two runners, so they weren't able to record a team score. Pankey led the girls with a 21st place finish and a time of 23:37. Alexis Tune then placed 131st with a time of 30:57.
Parker had the top finish for St. James when he crossed the finish line with a time of 18:45 to place 15th. That finish set the tone for the Tigers to place 15th as a team. Ridenhour was the next Tiger to finish, placing 82nd with a time of 21:43. Branson was just a couple of spots behind him in 84th with a time of 21:48. Guese then finished 113th with a time of 22:55 and Daniel Brown got the bump up to varsity, finishing in 134th and a time of 24:42.
Freshmen Nappier and Holt ran in the JV race for St. James. Nappier finished in 52nd with a time of 25:25, while Holt finished in 90th place with a time of 30:39.
St. James then had their best race of the season at Steelville. The girls were again led by Pankey, who placed fourth with a time of 22:13. Tune placed 27th with a time of 30:56.
The boys were stellar at Steelville with a second place finish as a team. Parker again had the top finish for St. James with a third place finish and a time of 17:34. Ridenhour and Branson then finished back to back in 26th and 27th with times of 20:23 and 20:32, respectively. Barnett finished in 31st with a time of 20:53, Guese finished in 36th with a time of 21:03 and Garret Rankin placed 47th with a time of 22:28.
In the JV race, Zachary Deardeuff had a stellar fifth place finish with a time of 21:06. Levi Brown and Nappier finished back to back in 17th and 18th with times of 24:23 and 24:36, respectively.
Next up for St. James is the Belle Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 21.