The St. James track team took pat in the Hermann Invitational on Tuesday, April 25. The boys team finished in third place, while the girls team finished seventh in the 12 team meet.


The Tigers got off to a solid start in the sprinting events with a pair of fifth place finishes in the 100m and 200m dashes. Dawson Lynch ran the 100m dash with a time of 11.86, while Carter Keeney finished in seventh in the event. Keeney then went and finished in fifth in the 200m dash with a time of 24.73. The Tigers then turned the corner in the 400m dash, as Dawson Lynch won the event with a time of 51.57. He won the event by nearly two seconds.

St. James also found some success in the distance runs. The best finish was Mason Parker in the 1,600m run. He freshman finished in third place with a time of 4:46.32. Isaac Altis placed fifth in the 800m run with a time of 2:10.87 and Garrett Rankin finished in seventh in the 3,200m run with a time of 11:37.42.

The hurdles events were business as usual for St. James, with Grant Conway again sweeping the two events. The sophomore finished the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.32 and the 300m hurdles with a time of 40.93. Theon Hope placed fourth in each of the events with times of 16.36 and 42.34.

The Tigers went on to dominate the relay events, winning two and placing second in another. St. James won the 4X100 with a time of 45.54 and the 4X400 relay with a time of 3:34. The 4X100 was won by .16 seconds, but the Tigers won the 4X400 by more than four seconds. St. James also finished in second in the 4X200 with a time of 1:35.78, trailing Owensville by just one second. The Tigers also took fifth in the 4X800.

St. James had two top 10 finishes in the throwing events, with Mathew Altis finishing in seventh in the shot put and James Snook placing eighth in the javelin. 

The jumping events were highly competitive. Grant Conway tied for first place in the high jump by clearing 6' 2", but he lost the tiebreaker and placed third in the event. Trey Marshall also placed third in the triple jump by clearing 40' 9.5". 


The girls also ran extremely well and they were led by Heather Pankey. The sophomore won the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.59 and third in the 200m dash with a time of 27.94. Mackenzie Rogers then had top 10 finishes in both hurdles events. She finished in 19.01 in the 100m hurdles to place fifth and finished seventh in the 300m hurdles with a time of 57.14. 

St. James' top relay finish was in the 4X200, where they placed second with a time of 1:54.15. They also placed fourth in both the 4X100 and the 4X400.

Isabella Riccetti had some strong finishes in the throwing events for the Lady Tigers. She took third int he shot put with a throw of 32' 6" before placing 13th in the discus and javelin.

The Lady Tigers also had several top 10 finishes in the jumping events. Kasey Strong finished in fourth place in both the high jump and pole vault. She cleared 4' 8" in the high jump, missing out on first by four inches. She then made it over 8' 6" in the pole vault. Kennedy Fane then had a sixth place finish in the long jump with a jump of 14' 7".

St. James will next host the St. James Invitational on Thursday, April 27, pending the weather conditions.