The St. James and Newburg track teams braved the rain to take part in the Linn Invitational on Thursday, March 29. Both St. James teams finished in the top three as a team, with the boys taking first place for the second time this season and the girls finishing in third.
The Tigers got off to an excellent start with the sprinting events, as Grant Conway ran away with the 100m dash. The junior finished with a time off 11.27, a full .3 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Nick Halbrook finished in fifth place for the Tigers with a time of 12.06. Ethan Sanchez ran the event for Newburg, finishing with a time of 14.2 in 23rd place. St. James then had Carter Keeney and Cade Snitker in the 200m dash with Keeney taking fourth with a time of 23.99 and Snitker in eighth with a time of 24.89. Sanchez ran the event for Newburg, placing 23rd with a time of 29.44. St. James rounded out the sprints with the 400m dash where Nick Wilson took eighth with a time of 58.46 and Dayton Lynch finished in 12 with a time of 1:00.47.
Moving onto the distance events, Lynch was the only runner from either school in the 800m run, finishing in 10th with a time of 2:22.7. The Tigers then had two runners in the 1,600m sprint with Mason Parker finishing in fifth in 5:08.91 and Wilson taking seventh with a time of 5:19.69. St. James rounded out the distance events with the 3,200m run, where Cameron Flannery finished in 15th with a time of 14:57.41.
The Tigers then dominated the hurdles, as usual. Conway won both the 110m and the 300m hurdles with times of 14.7 and 41.2, respectively. He won both races by at least two seconds. Connor Gorrell also ran each event for St. James, taking third in both races. He finished with a time of 17.14 in the 110m and 45.75. Kyle McKee also ran the 300m hurdles for Newburg, finishing in 15th with a time of 1:07.26.
St. James also ran well in the hurdles. They won the 4x100, took third in the 4x400 and finished in fourth in the 4x800. The Tigers also ran the 4x200, but DQed in the event. The St. James team of Tyler Recker, Conway, Halbrook and Keeney won the 4x100 with a time of 45.37. The 4x400 team consisted of Lynch , Halbrook, Parker and Ian Campbell and they finished with a time of 3:55.19. The 4x800 rounded out the relays for St. James, where the team of Lynch, Campbell, Wilson and Parker finished with a time of 9:23.97. Newburg did not have any teams in the boys relays.
The Tigers had a slew of top five finishes in the jumping events. Austin Ridenhour was the top jumper on the day, taking a second place finish in the triple jump by clearing 36'3.5". Ivan Fuhring finished in fifth in the event with a jump of 35'7". Recker led the way for St. James in the long jump, taking third with a jump of 18'. Fuhring again took fifth in the event, clearing 17'5.5". The only jumper from St. James or Newburg to clear a jump in the pole vault was Ty Uffmann from St. James. He took third by clearing 8'6". St. James had two jumpers in the high jump with Isaac Bradshaw taking third by clearing 5'6", while Fuhring tied for ninth by jumping over 5'.
The top thrower from St. James was Keeney, who finished in fourth place in the javelin with a throw of 108'1". St. James also had Desean Pauley take 21st with a throw of 75'2". Newburg had McKee finish 22nd with a throw of 71'4" and Sanchez in 25th with a throw of 58'11". Keegan Finch also had solid performances in both the discus and the shot put, finishing in seventh in the discus with a throw of 80'5" and eighth in the shot with a throw of 32'2.75". Snitker finished in 13th in the shot with a throw of 30'2.5". Pauley took 17th in the discus with a throw of 64'10", while Newburg's McKee took 18th with a throw of 62'8".
As a team, St. James took the top spot with 124 team points, beating the second place Versailles team by 24 points. Newburg did not have enough competitors to have a team score.
Much like the boys, the Lady Tigers had several top finishes in the sprinting events. St. James finished second and third in the 100m dash with Hunter Pitts finishing in 13.99 and Bailey Wells crossing the line in 14.11. Newburg's Grace Affolter finished in 14th in the event with a time of 15.43. St. James also had a top three finish in the 200m dash, as Heather Pankey took third with a time of 28.59. Hannah Marcee also took sixth in the event with a time of 29.87, while Affolter finished in 16th with a time of 32.56 for Newburg. Pankey then went on to win the 400m with a time of 1:03.76. Camille Bullock took fourth in the event with a time of 1:06.46, while Affolter finished in 16th for Newburg with a time of 1:19.07.
Newburg's Macy Suschanke was the only runner from Newburg or St. James to run in the distance events. Her top finish came in the 3,200m run, where she finished in fourth with a time of 14:01.8. She also took fifth in the 1,600m run with a time of 6:15.75 and seventh in the 800m run with a time of 2:54.04.
St. James and Newburg both had competitors in each of the hurdles events, as well. Alexis Birkner had the top finish for St. James in the 100m hurdles, finishing in third with a time of 18.81. Mackenzie Rodgers was right behind her in fourth, finishing with a time of 19.46. Kaylee Skinner ran both hurdles events for Newburg, taking seventh in the 100m with a time of 20.25, before finishing in sixth in the 300m with a time of 58.57. Courtney Cale and Rodgers then finished back to back in the 300m hurdles in eighth and ninth with times of 59.26 and 1:01.27, respectively.
The Lady Tigers went on to dominate the relays, winning the 4x200 and taking second in both the 4x100 and 4x400. The relay team of Pitts, Raina Forstrom, Pankey and Wells won the 4x200 with a time of 1:57.27. The 4x100 team, which consisted of Pitts, Marcee, Cale and Rodgers, finished with a tim eof 56.68, while the 4x400 team of Bullock, Wells, Marcee and Pankey finished in 4:39.01. Their 4x800 team finished in eighth with a time of 12:53.63. Newburg did not run in any of the relay events.
St. James had some strong jumpers on the day and they were led by a first place finish in the pole vault by Kasey Strong. Strong was the only competitor to clear 8' in the event. She went on to take fourth place in the high jump by clearing 4'6". Forstrom also high jumped, tying for 11th by clearing 4:00. Forstrom went on to take sixth in the long jump with a leap of 13'3.5. Birkner took 15th in the event with a jump of 11'5.75".
The top local thrower came from Newburg, where Marah Suschanke took second in the javelin with a throw of 81'3". Elena Adami also throw javelin for Newburg, placing 14th with a throw of 62'10". Justus Ellis was the top javelin thrower for St. James, throwing a distance of 68'9" to finish 12th. Gwendolyn Crawford also threw for St. James, placing 20th with a toss of 56'2". Macy Terrill was the top shot put thrower from St. James, taking third with a throw of 28'9.5". McKenzie Brennan also threw the shot for St. James, placing 20th with a throw of 21'7.5". Marah Suschanke took 19th in the event for Newburg with a throw of 22'1.5", while Ademi finished 22nd with a throw of 20'11.5". Rounding out the throwing events was the discus, where the top local finisher was Brennan with a 10th place finish on a throw of 74'1". Marah Suschanke took 12th for Newburg with a throw of 68'2". Terrill also threw for St. James, placing 14th with a throw of 67'1", while Ademi finished 24th for Newburg with a throw of 40'3".
The Lady Tigers finished in third place as a team with a team score of 106. Versailles finished in first with a team score of 126.5. Newburg finished in 10th place as a team with 24 team points.