The St. James track team hosted the Class 3 District 5 Meet on Saturday, May 12. The St. James boys finished in second place as a team and had 13 athletes advance to Sectionals. The girls finished as a team and sent six to Sectionals.
The boys were led by Grant Conway, who won all four of his races at the meet. The Tiger speedster started by winning the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.17. He'll be joined in the race by teammate Connor Gorrell at Sectionals, as the junior finished fourth in the event with a time of 16.37. Conway then ran the 100m dash and after finishing in fourth in the preliminary, he won the finals with a time of 11.19. Carter Keeney nearly qualified in the event, but finished in fifth by .02 seconds. Conway then won the 300m hurdled by almost two seconds with a time of 39.08, while Gorrell just missed out by placing fifth. Conway rounded out his day with a first place finish in the 200m dash. Much like the 100m dash, he placed fourth in the prelim before winning in the finals. Nick Halbrook took third in the prelim, but just missed out in the final, finishing in fifth by .5 seconds.
Conway wasn't the only Tiger to qualify in multiple events. Mason Parker will head to Sectionals in three events. He finished in third in the 1,600m run with a time of 4:46.46, before finishing fourth in the 400m dash with a time of 53.25. He was then a part of St. James' 4x400 team that ended the day with a third place finish in 3:40.59. He ran with Halbrook, Ian Campbell and Nick Wilson.
Carter Keeney also qualified in multiple events. He broke his own school record in the javelin, finishing in second place with a throw of 154'6". He missed out on being a District Champ by just three inches. Keeney was also on St. James' District Champions in the 4x200 team. The team of Keeney, Austin Ridenhour, Cade Snitker and Halbrook won with a time of 1:33.71. Carter also ran on the 4x100 team that finished in second with a time of 44:48. That team consisted of Tyler Recker, Halbrook and Snitker. Recker was another multi-event qualifier, as he finished in second place in the long jump with a leap of 21'4.47".
The final qualifier was Ty Uffmann, who finished in a tie for third in the pole vault by clearing 12'.
The boys nearly won as a team, racking up 125 team points. That left them 13 points shy of Owensville.
The girls were led by Kasey Strong, who qualified in both the pole vault and the high jump. Strong won the pole vault as the only competitor to clear 9'. Strong also finished in a tie for third in the high jump by clearing 5'.
Alexis Birkner then qualified in the 100m hurdles. Birkner narrowly made the finals with an eighth place finish in the prelims, but an excellent push at the end in the finals gave her a fourth place finish to qualify for Sectionals. Another individual qualifier was Heather Pankey in the 400m dash. She finished in third with a time of 1:03.13.
The girls 4x100 also earned a spot in Sectionals. The team of Hunter Pitts, Pankey, Raina Forstrom and Bailey Wells finished in third place with a time of 53.51. The 4x400 team then capped off the day with another top four finish to qualify for Sectionals. The team of Camille Bullock, Wells, Hannah Marcee and Pankey finished with a time of 4:20.95 to finish in third place.
The girls finished in seventh place as a team with 53.5. For the third year in a row, Eldon won the girls' championship with 146.5 team points over their lake area rival Osage's score of 99.5.
St. James will travel to Carthage for their Sectional on Saturday, May 19.