The St. James track team took part in the Four Rivers Conference meet on Monday, April 30. The boys took home a second place finish as a team, while the girls finished in seventh.
The boys got off to a great start in the sprints led by Male Athlete of the Meet Grant Conway. He won both the 100m and 200m dashes with times of 11.07 and 22.72. Carter Keeney also finished third in the 100m dash with a time of 11.65, while Nick Halbrook took sixth in the 200m dash. Mason Parker rounded out the sprints with a fifth place finish in the 400m dash, finishing in 54.22. Nick Wilson also finished 12th in the event.
Parker then led the charge in the distance events with a second place finish in the 1,600m run with a time of 4:43.23, while Ethan Barnett finished 15th and Cameron Flannery placed 19th. Parker also took third place finish in the 3,200m run, finishing in 10:37.10. Barnett took 13th in the race. Dayton Lynch rounded out the distance events with a seventh place finish in the 800m run.
Conway was back in action in the hurdles events, winning both the 110m and 300m hurdles by more than a second. He crossed the line in 14.64 in the 110m hurdles, while winning the 300m run with a time of 39.94. Connor Gorrell finished eighth in the 110m and seventh in the 300m hurdles.
The Tigers rounded out the track events with some strong relay finishes. The top St. James finish came in the 4x200, where they took first with a time of 1:35.27. They also finished in second in the 4x100 with a time of 44.79, missing out on first by .05 seconds. The Tigers also finished fifth in both the 4x400 and 4x800.
St. James did an excellent job in the jumps, led by a second place finish from Tyler Recker in the long jump. He cleared 21'5", missing out on first by 1.25". Keyshawn Smith took seventh in the event, while Ivan Fuhring finished 10th. Fuhring then finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 40'9.25". Austin Ridenhour took fifth in the event, clearing 40'2.25". Fuhring also finished fourth in the high jump by clearing 5'6". Isaac Bradshaw finished in sixth after clearing 5'4". Ty Uffmann finished off the jumping events with a fifth place finish in the pole vault by clearing 11'.
Keeney was the top thrower for St. James with a third place finish in the javelin. He had a throw of 145'9". Desean Pauley took 12th in the event. Corey Harvey finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 37'9", while Pauley finished 17th. Harvey and Pauley also finished 15th and 16th in the discus.
The Tigers racked up 136 team points, finishing in second place behind Owensville's 155 points.
Hannah Marcee had the top finish in the sprint events for the Lady Tigers, as she finished fourth in the 400m dash with a time of 1:06.49. Hunter Pitts also finished eighth in the 100m run, while Camille Bullock took eighth in the 200m dash. The Lady Tigers had no distance runners in the meet.
St. James also had some strong finishes in the hurdles. Heather Pankey led the way in the 300m hurdles, placing fourth with a time of 50.54. Mack Rodgers and Courtney Cale finished seventh and eighth in the race. Rodgers then finished sixth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.97, while Alexis Birkner finished in eighth.
The Lady Tigers capped off the track events with the relays. Their top finish came in the 4x100, where they finished in second with a time of 52.86. St. James also took fourth in the 4x200 with a time of 1:53.01 and fifth in the 4x400 with a time of 4:28.9.
Kasey Strong was the top jumper for St. James with good finishes in both the pole vault and high jump. She took second in the pole vault by clearing 8'6", while finishing the high jump in sixth with a jump of 4'6". Abbigale Deluca also placed 10th in the pole vault. The Lady Tigers then had two strong competitors in the triple jump. Bailey Wells and Raina Forstrom finished back to back in fifth and sixth with jumps of 32'4.25" and 31'1". Forstrom also finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 15'2.5", while Alexis Birkner took 16th.
Macy Terrill led the St. James throwing effort with a fourth place finish in the shot put. She threw the shot 34'2", while Mckenzie Brennan finished 13th. Terrill also placed 12th in the discus with a throw of 86'3", while Brennan finished 14th.
The Lady Tigers scored 63 team points to finish in seventh place.
St. James will now gear up for Districts, which they will host on Saturday, May 12.