The St. James track teams made the trip up to the Lake of the Ozarks to take part in the Osage Invitational on Tuesday, April 17. The boys took home the top spot in the meet, while the girls finished in ninth place.
The Tigers got off to a stellar start in the sprinting events thanks to Grant Conway. The St. James speedster won every race he ran on Tuesday, kicking things off with a victory in the 100m dash with a time of 11.01. He then won the 200m dash with a time of 22.83. St. James also had Cade Snitker place 14th in the 100m dash and Nick Halbrook finish fourth in the 200m dash with a time of 23.66. St. James then had a pair of strong finishes in the 400m dash with Mason Parker taking fourth with a time of 54.45 and Nick Wilson finishing in eighth with a time of 56.09.
St. James kept rolling in the distance events with a pair of top five finishes. Dayton Lynch took fifth in the 800m run with a time of 2:18.09, before Parker claimed the fifth in the 1,600m run with a time of 4:55.66. Ethan Barnett then took 10th in the event, before finishing in ninth in the 3,200m run with times of 5:26.26 and 11:52.99. Cameron Flannery also finished 14th in the 3,200m run.
Conway then took home two more first place finishes in the hurdles events, finishing the 110m hurdles in 14.45 and the 300m hurdles in 39.03. Connor Gorrell also finished fifth in the 110m with a time of 17.08 and seventh in the 300m with a time of 44.62.
St. James also ran well in the relays, led by a first place finish in the 4x100. The team of Snitker, Halbrook, Carter Keeney and Tyler Recker won the event with a time of 45.08. St. James also finished second in the 4x200 with a time of 1:35.76, before taking fourth in the 4x400 and sixth in the 4x800.
The Tigers also had a slew of strong finishes in the field events, led by a pair of second place finishes in jumping events. Michael Birkner finished in second place in the pole vault by clearing 11'6", while Ty Uffmann placed fourth in the event by clearing 11'. Recker then finished in second in the long jump with a leap of 21'8". Keshawn Smith also took 10th in the event. Isaac Bradshawn also had a top five finish for St. James, taking fourth in the high jump by clearing 5'6". Ivan Fuhring placed seventh in the triple jump by clearing 40'.5", while Austin Ridenhour was close behind in ninth with a jump of 38'7.5".
St. James rounded things out in with the throwing events, where Keeney led the way with a third place finish in the javelin with a throw of 127'9". Fuhring also placed 16th in the event. Cort Petty then threw in both the shot put and the discus, finishing in 11th and 18th, respectively. Keegan Finch finished in 16th in the discus, while Cory Harvey placed 16th in the shot put.
The boys racked up 125 points as a team, beating second placed Mexico by 25 team points.
The Lady Tigers didn't have quite as many competitors as the boys, but they still had some great finishes. Bailey Wells led things off with a fifth place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 13.7. Hunter Pitts also finished ninth in the race with a time of 14.07. Hannah Marcee then had a 10th place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 29.45, while Mack Rodgers finished in 13th. Heather Pankey rounded out the sprints with the Lady Tigers' best finish of the night, placing second in the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.65. The girls had no distance runners.
Alexis Birkner and Mack Rodgers ran the hurdles for the Lady Tigers. Birkner finished in fifth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 17.92, before finishing in 10th in the 300m hurdles. Mack Rodgers also took 11th in the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.61.
St. James had some strong finishes in the relays with a pair of top three placements. The team of Marcee, Pankey, Wells and Camille Bullock took second in the 4x400 with a time of 4:25.06. The Lady Tigers also finished the 4x100 in third place, while taking eighth in the 4x200.
The Lady Tigers also did well in the field events. Pankey and Kasey Strong both cleared 4'8" in the high jump and with the tiebreakers that placed Pankey in fifth and strong in eighth. Strong also placed fifth in the pole vault by clearing 8'6". Abbigale Deluca took 11th in the event. Wells also finished seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 32'01", while Raina Forstrom finished in 15. Forstrom then finished ninth in the long jump with a leap of 14'7", while Birkner placed 15th in the event.
St. James was led by Macy Terrill in the throwing events. She took seventh in the shot put with a throw of 31'5" and 10th in the discus with a throw of 83'. Mackenzie Brennan took 20th and 21st in those events. Justus Ellis threw the javelin for St. James, placing 18th.
The Lady Tigers had 43.5 team points, placing ninth overall. Eldon won the event for the girls with a team score of 129.5.
Next up for St. James is the Owensville Invitational on Friday, April 20.