The St. James track teams took part in the Cuba Invitational on Thursday, April 12. Both the boys and girls teams ran exceptionally well, as they each took home first place team trophies.

Boys track:

The Tigers got off to a great start in the sprinting events. Grant Conway won both the 100m and 200m dashes with times of 11.27 and 23.5. Carter Keeney also took second in the 200m dash with a time of 23.86, while Nick Halbrook placed fifth in the 100m dash with a time of 12.04. Nick Wilson capped off the sprinting events with a second place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 55.57. 

St. James also had some great finishes in the distance events, as Mason Parker placed fourth in the 1,600m race and fifth in the 800m run. Parker finished the 1,600m run with a time of 4:53.97 and the 800m run with a time of 2:10.92. 

Conway then swept the hurdles for St. James. He won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.83, before winning the 300m hurdles with a time of 40.53. Connor Gorrell also took second in the 300m hurdles and third in the 110m with times of 44.40 and 16.73, respectively. 

The Tigers also dominated the relays, winning the 4x100 and 4x200, placing second in the 4x400 and finishing fourth in the 4x800. The 4x100 team of Tyler Recker, Cade Snitker, Halbrook and Keeney won with a time of 44.95. The 4x200 team of Austin Ridenhour, Snitker, Halbrook and Keeney won the 4x200 with a time of 1:36.19. The 4x400 finished in 3:43.56 and the 4x800 finished in 9:11.28. 

Boys field: 

The Tiger jumpers also did an excellent job on Thursday. Recker led the way with a first place finish in the long jump with a jump of 21'8", while Keyshawn Smith took fifth in the event with a leap of 10'6". St. James also took second and third in the triple jump and pole vault. Ivan Fuhring took second in the triple jump with a leap of 38'.75", while Ridenhour took third with a jump of 37'3". Ty Uffmann then placed second in the pole vault by clearing 11', while Michael Birkner finished in third by clearing 10'6". St. James also took third and fourth in the high jump with Isaac Bradshaw and Ivan Fuhring both clearing 5'6". Bradshaw needed fewer jumps to clear the jump to win the tiebreaker. 

St. James' top finisher in the throwing events was Cort Petty, who took seventh in the shot put with a throw of 37'9.5". He also took 14th in the discus. Keegan Finch also took ninth in the shot and 12th in the discus. 

The boys had a team score of 173.5, winning the Cuba Invitational by more than 80 points.

Girls track:

The girls also got off to a great start in the sprinting events. Hunter Pitts and Bailey Wells kicked things off with second and third place finishes in the 100m dash with times of 13.82 and 13.85. Hannah Marcee and Pitts then took fifth and six in the 200m dash with times of 30.14 and 30.21. Heather Pankey rounded out the sprinting events by winning the 400m dash with a time of 1:05.17. St. James had no distance runners. 

St. James also had some strong finishes in the hurdles. Alexis Birkner took third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.17. Mack Rodgers also took seventh in the event and 12th in the 300m hurdles. Courtney Cale placed seventh in the 300m hurdles.

St. James rounded out the track events with the relays, where they won the 4x200 and 4x400. They also took fourth in the 4x100. The 4x200 team of Pitts, Raina Forstrom, Pankey and Wells won the race with a time of 1:54.5. The 4x400 team of Marcee, Camille Bullock, Wells and Pankey won with a time of 4:28.64. The 4x400 team finshed in fourth with a time of 54.88.

Girls field: 

St. James also had some great jumpers. Wells took third in the triple jump with a leap of 29'10", while Forstrom took fifth in the long jump by clearing 14'7". Birkner took eighth in the long jump, as well. Kasey Strong then placed third in the pole vault by clearing 7'6". Pankey and Strong took part in the high jump, placing fourth and fifth. Both cleared 4'6", but Pankey won the tiebreaker. 

Macy Terrill was the top thrower for St. James, placing sixth with a throw of 30'5" and 10th in the discus with a throw of 71'9". 

The Lady Tigers had a team score of 100 points, winning the event over Steelville's 85.5 points. 

Next up for St. James is a meet at Osage on Tuesday, April 17.

Newburg:

The Newburg track teams also took part in the Cuba Invitational. Salvador Albanez, Ethan Sanchez and Kyle McKee ran for the boys, while Grace Affolter, Jamie Gann, Casey Goodrich Macy Suschanke, Kaylee Skinner, Allyiah Dunham, Elena Adami and Marah Suschanke competed for the girls. 

Albanez took 16th in the 100m dash with a time of 13.86, 16th in the 200m dash with a time of 27.53 and 18th in the 400m dash with a time of 1:04.35, while also placing 12th in the long jump with a leap of 17'4.5". Sanchez placed 22nd in the 200m dash with a time of 30.16, 21st in the 400m dash with a time of 1:06.97 and took 18th in the long jump with a leap of 14'9". McKee did the distance events, placing 16th in the 800m run with a time of 2:52.79 and 19th in the 1,600m run with a time of 7:04.8, while also placing 20th in the shot put with a throw of 65'08" and 14th in the triple jump with a leap of 30'2.5". 

For the girls, Affolter took 14th in the 100m dash with a time of 15.17, while Gann came in 27th with a time of 22.16. Afolter then placed 14th in the 200m dash with a time of 32.44, while Goodrich placed 27th. Afolter also placed 16th in the 400m dash with a time of 19.66. Macy Suschanke ran the distance events, placing fourth in the 800m run with a time of 2:47.56, sixth in the 1,600m run with a time of 6:13 and sixth in the 3,200m run with a time of 13.49. Skinner did the hurdles, placing third in the 300m hurdles with a time of 55.54 and ninth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 20.06. She also placed seventh in the high jump by clearing 4'4" and 17th in the long jump with a lead of 12'6". Affolter cleared 6' on the pole vault to tie for ninth. Marah Suschanke threw the discus, taking 12th with a throw of 66'9", while Dunham placed 13th with a throw of 65'9". Dunham then placed 10th in the shot put with a throw of 27'8", while Adami too 19th with a throw of 23'7".