The St. James track team hosted their first meet of the year a little later than planned on Monday, April 2. The meet was rained out earlier this year and the weather conditions were far from ideal on Monday, but St. James braved the rain and cold to take home first place as a team for both the boys and the girls.
St. James kicked things off by taking the top three slots in the 100m dash. Grant Conway took first with a time of 11.48, Nick Halbrook was right behind him in second with a time of 12.19 and Tyler Recker took third with a time of 12.23. Cade Snitker came in fifth with a time of 12.67, Ivan Fuhring took sixth in 12.76, Joey Williams was in 13th with a time of 13.35 and David Hogan finished in 18th with a time of 14.99. Newburg's Ethan Sanchez came in 17th with a time of 14.55.
The 200m dash looked a lot like the 100m dash. Carter Kenney took home the top finish with a time of 24.88, followed closely by Snitker with a time of 25.50. Austin Ridenhour finished in fourth with a time of 25.75, Osiris Gray came in seventh with a tim eof 26.65, Ty Uffmann finished in 10th with a time of 27.92. Newburg had two runners in the race with Sanchez finishing in 14th with a time of 29.95 and Kyle McKee finishing in 16th with a time of 30.52.
Nick Wilson kept the first place streak rolling in the 400m dash, winning the event with a time of 55.98. Keyshawn Smith took third in the event with a time of 59.15.
The distance events saw St. James lose their first race, as Licking's Keegan Black won the 800m dash. The top finish for St. James was Dayton Lynch, who finished in third with a time of 2:25.02. Zach Achterberg took fifth with a time of 2:41.19, Frank Parson finished in sixth with a time of 2:42.69, Zachary Deardeuff took seventh with a time of 2:44.71 and Jesse Parson claimed 11th with a time of 3:10.66.
The Tigers bounced back in the other two distance races. Mason Parker won the 1,600m run with a time of 5:15.10. Ethan Barnett finished in third for St. James with a time of 5:37.39, Achterberg came in fourth with a time of 5:48.50, Kadin Guese finished in fifth with a time of 5:51.82, Deardeuff placed sixth with a time of 5:58, F. Parson took seventh with a time of 5:58.19, Levi Brown came in eighth with a time of 6:04.47, Cameron Flannery finished in 10th with a time of 6:24.26 and J. Parson took 12th with a time of 7:06.25. St. James then had the only two competitors in the 3,200 with Flannery winning with a time of 14:06.32 and Brown coming in second right behind him with a time of 14:06.81.
Conway continued to cruise in the hurdles events, winning each race by more than two seconds. He finished the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.96 and the 300m in 41.45. Connor Gorrell finished in second in each race, finishing the 110m in 17.53 and the 300m with a time of 46.0. Isaac Bradshawn and Drew Nappier rounded out the 110m hurdles in fifth and sixth with times of 22.6 and 26.51, respectively. In the 300m hurdles, Ian Campbell took fourth with a time of 46.99, James Altis finished in seventh with a time of 53.29 and Nappier placed eighth with a time of 1:02.92.
The Tigers then went on to sweep the relays. The team of Cole Petty, Michael Birkner, Uffmann and Gray won the 4x100 with a time of 49.57. The other St. James 4x100 team DQed after dropping the baton. The 4x200 team consisted of Snitker, Williams, Halbrook and Keeney came in with a time of 1:39.09. The winning 4x400 team of Campbell, Wilson, Lynch and Parker finished with a time of 3:54.42, while their second team of Altis, Gorrell, Smith and Achterberg took fourth with a time of 4:20.46. St. James then took the top two spots in the 4x800 with the winning team, which was the same as the 4x400, coming in with a time of 10:03.27. The second place team of Guese, Deardeuff, Achterberg and F. Parson finished with a time of 10:44.23.
St. James also crushed the field events, particularly the jumps. The Tigers had the top four finishers in the long jump with Recker leading the way with a jump of 19'1". Fuhring came in second with a jump of 18'6.5", Smith took third with a leap of 18'1" and Ridenhour came in fourth by clearing 17'6". David Hogan also jumped for St. James, taking 10th with a jump of 13'0.5".
The triple jump had similar results, with Fuhring bringing home the top jump by clearing 37'3.5". Ridenhour took second with a jump of 35', Guese finished in fourth with a jump of 30'5" and Hogan took fifth with a jump of 27'4".
St. James had the only high jumpers with Isaac Bradshaw clearing 5'6" to win and Fuhring coming in second with a jump of 5'. Uffmann then won the pole vault by clearing 10', while Caleb Blair took third with a jump of 7' and Altis came in fourth with a height of 6'6". Newburg's Sanchez cleared 6' to take fifth.
St. James had a ton of great throwers on the day, as well. Keegan Finch took second in the shot put for the Tigers with a throw of 36'3.5". Cort Petty took third with a throw of 35'4", Cade Snitker finished in fifth with a throw of 34'1", Corey Harvey placed sixth with a throw of 33'7", Desean Pauley finished in 10th with a throw of 26'11", Barnett finished in 11th with a throw of 23'8", Nolan Deluca took 13th with a throw of 17'7" and Cyrus Bradshaw finished in 14th with a throw of 17'3".
The Tigers wrapped things up with some great throws in the discus. Cort Petty led St. James with a third place finish and a throw of 82'3". Finch was right behind him with a throw of 80'7", Corey Harvey took fifth with a throw of 75', Pauley finished in seventh with a throw of 69'4", Deluca threw the discus 52'7" to finish in a tie for ninth, Barnett took 11th with a throw of 49'3" and Bradshawn finished in 12th with a throw of 48'. Newburg's Kyle McKee finished in that tie for ninth with Deluca by throwing 52'7".
The boys took first place by a huge margin with a team score of 225, while Licking came in second place with 64 team points.
The Lady Tigers kicked things off with a great showing in the 100m dash. Hunter Pitts came in first place with a time of 14.04, Camille Bullock finished in third with a time of 14.55, Bailey Wells came in fourth with a time of 14.75, Hannah Marcee took fifth with a time of 14.76, Mackenzie Rodgers finished in sixth with a time of 14.81, Courtney Cale placed ninth with a time of 15.21, Justus Ellis took 10th with a time of 15.48, Janie Norton finished in 11th with a time of 15.58 and Stephanie Quick finished in 14th with a time of 21.15.
St. James then swept the top six spots and eight of the top nine in the 200m dash. Heather Pankey won with a time of 28.85, Wells was right behind her with a time of 30.15, Pitts finished in 30.58, Raina Forstrom took fourth in 30.65, Hannah Marcee came in fifth with a time of 31.52 and Alexis Birkner came in sixth with a time of 32.85. Norton took eighth for St. James, while Ellis came in ninth.
The Lady Tigers continued by taking the top three spots in the 400m dash. Pankey took the top spot with a time of 1:06.37, just ahead of Bullock's time of 1"07.37. Norton took third with a time of 1:22.94.
Newburg's first female competitor in the track events was Macy Suschanke. She ran the distance events for the Lady Wolves, winning all three distance events. She won the 800m run with a time of 3:07.99, the 1,600m run with a time of 6:18.53 and the 3,200m run with a time of 14:02.87. Alexis Tune ran the 1,600m and 3,200m runs, taking fourth and second place with times of 8:23.54 and 19:27.5, respectively.
St. James had some strong finishes in the hurdles and they were led by Birkner. She won the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.68. Mack Rodgers came in third with the event with a time of 19.69, Emily Butts took fifth with a time of 20.39 and Mackenna Rodgers came in seventh with a time of 21.1. Newburg's Kaylee Skinner came in sixth with a time of 20.41. Mack Rodgers then led the St. James charge in the 300m hurdles. She took third with a time of 57.34. Skinner took fourth for Newburg with a time of 58.18, before string of St. James finishes. Cale took fifth with a time of 59.33, Birkner finished in sixth a time of 59.41, Butts came in seventh with a time of 1:01.04 and Mackenna Rodgers took eighth with a time of 1:01.53.
The Lady Tigers then swept the relays. The 4x100 team of Pitts, Marcee, Cale and Mack Rodgers won with a time of 57.0. A second team from St. James finished in third with a time of 1:02.44. The 4x200 team of Pitts, Forstrom, Pankey and Wells then won their relay with a time of 1:56.46. St. James rounded out the relays with the 4x400 where Cale, Bullock, Marcee and Pankey won with a time of 4:45.75.
St. James had some stellar performances in field events, winning most of the events. The Lady Tigers won three of the four jumping events with different athletes shining in each. Forstrom and Birkner finished back to back on top of the long jump with leaps of 14'11" and 14'6", respectively. Newburg's Skinner took fourth by clearing 12'7". Mackenna Rodgers came in fifth with a jump of 12'4" and Abbie Walton finished in seventh with a jump of 11'5".
Wells then won the triple jump for the Lady Tigers, clearing 30'7.5". Forstrom came in third with a jump of 30'0.25", Mackenna Rodgers finished in fourth with a leap of 26'11.5", Makiah Marshall finished in sixth by clearing 26'7.5" and Walton took seventh by clearing 24'7".
St. James had the only pole vaulters that cleared a jump. Kasey Strong won the event by clearing 7', while Abbigaile Deluca, Kaitlyn Higgenbotham and Ellis each cleared 6'. Stron also took part in the high jump for St. James, finishing in third place with a jump of 4'2".
St. James and Newburg both had great performances in the throwing events. Macy Terrill won both the shot put and the discus with throws of 31'1" and 89'5", respectively. Newburg's top finish came from Marah Suschanke, who finished in third place in the discus with a throw of 76'3". That event saw Mckenzie Brennan finish in fifth with a throw of 70'3", Newburg's Elena Adami came in seventh with a throw of 57'4", Walton finished in eighth with a throw of 55'9", Chloe Cantrell finished in ninth with a throw of 54'9". Tessa Hartley came in 10th with a throw of 50'10", Gwendolyn Crawford finished in 11th with a throw of 48', Adara Thompson was in 12th with a throw of 46'8", Alivia Englmeyer finished in 13th with a throw of 46'6", Kaylee Mankin finished in 14th with a throw of 45'10", Newburg's Jamie Gann and Casey Goodrich finished back to back with throws of 38'2" and 36'11" to finish 15th and 16th and Erica Miller rounded things out for St. James with a throw of 34'5".
In the shot put, Brennan and Cantrell finished back to back in fifth and sixth with throws of 24'6.5" and 23'10". Ademi took seventh for Newburg with a throw of 23'6", Alyssa Sullins came in ninth with a throw of 23'3", Marah Suschanke finished in 10th for the Lady Wolves with a throw of 23', Hartley finished in 12th with a throw of 21'10", Crawford came in 13th with a throw of 20'9.5" Mankin took 14th with a throw of 19'5", Thompson finished in 15th with a throw of 17'2", Erica Miller took 16th with a throw of 17" and Newburg's Gann and Goodrich rounded things out in 17th and 18th with throws of 15'9" and 13'6".
The Lady Tigers won with a team score of 183.99, beating out Licking's score of 116. Newburg came in third with 32 team points.