The St. James track teams started their season with the St. James Open on Tuesday, Mar. 19. Both the boys and the girls teams shined, each winning as a team to open their season.
St. James dominated the sprinting events on the back of Grant Conway, who won both the 100m and 200m dashes. Conway finished the 100m dash with a time of 11.38, a full second ahead of the second place finisher. He then won the 200m dash with a time of 22.97, while teammate Austin Ridenhour finished in second with a time of 25.02. Ian Nicewaner finished sixth with a time of 26.84. St. James' top finish in the 400m dash came from James Altis, who finished in sixth with a time of 1:01.01.
The distance runs saw Dayton Lynch finish fourth in the 800m run with a time of 2:20.12. Mason Parker also finished third in the 1,600m run with a time of 5:00.63. Zachary Deardeuff and Ethan Barnett then finished back to back in third and fourth in the 3,200m run with times of 12:35.97 and 12:37.21, respectively.
St. James continued their dominance in the hurdles, again led by Conway. The Iowa commit cruised in the 110m race with a time of 14.29. Connor Gorrell took second with a time of 17.94, while Isaac Bradshaw finished third with a time of 19.43. Conway then won the 300m hurdles with a time of 39.61, ahead of Gorrell's second place time of 45.3. Bradshaw took fifth in the race with a time of 49.54.
The Tigers also ran well in the relays. They finished third in the 4x100 with a time of 50.43, before taking fourth in the 4x200 with a time of 1:51.05. Their best finish came in the 4x400 where the team of Dayton Lynch, Ridenhour, Logan Sparks and Parker finished second with a time of 3:53.58. The Tigers also had a third place finish in the 4x800 with a time of 9:55.99.
Jedidya Hitch was the top thrower for St. James. He took sixth in the shot put with a throw of 37'7". He also took eighth in the discus with a throw of 86'.
The Tigers dominated the jumping events, winning three of the four events. Bradshaw won the high jump by clearing 5'6", while Sparks finished third with a leap of 5'4". Michael Birkner won the pole vault by clearing 11'6". Ridenhour claimed the top spot in the long jump with a leap of 19'8". Joseph Williams finished fourth for St. James in the triple jump by clearing 32'9.5".
The Lady Tigers got out to an excellent start in the sprinting events. Hunter Pitts gave St. James a first place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 13.75. Kaylynn Crocker finished fifth with a time of 14.6, while Hannah Marcee finished seventh and Courtney Cale finished eighth. St. James then had three top five finishes in the 200m dash with Heather Pankey finishing third with a time of 29.72, Emily Light finishing fourth with a time of 30.65 and Marcee finishing fifth with a time of 30.87. The Lady Tigers didn't have anyone in the middle distances, but Emily Kinkead ran the distance events. She won the two mile with a time of 17:30.64 and finished fourth in the mile with a time of 7:28.56.
St. James also found success in the hurdles. Mackenna Rodgers won the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.85, while Emily Butts finished seventh. Courtney Cale took second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 56.72, while Rodgers finished third with a time of 59.12 and Butts took fifth with a time of 1:05.46.
The Lady Tigers dominated the relays. St. James took second in the 4x100 when the team of Allison Herron, Raina Forstrom, Camille Bullock and Cale finished with a time of 57.17. The Lady Tigers then won the 4x200 where they team of Pitts, Marcee, Crocker and Pankey finished with a time of 1:55.86. St. James then had the top two finishes in the 4x400. The first team included Rodgers, Pitts, Marcee and Pankey, winning with a time of 4:38.53. The second team of Cale, Light, Bullock and Crocker finished with a time of 4:45.53.
St. James' top thrower was Mackenzie Brennan who took 10th in the shot put with a throw of 26'1.5" and 11th in the discus with a throw of 67'11".
The Lady Tigers had a number of good jumpers, led by wins in the long and triple jump by Light. She won the long jump with a leap of 15'1", while Crocker finished right behind her in second with a jump of 14'7.5". Light then won the triple jump by clearing 30'1.5". St. James also got a fourth place finish from Forstrom, a fifth place finish from Rodgers, a sixth place finish from Butts and a seventh place finish from Bullock. Pankey also finished in a tie for third in the high jump by clearing 4'6", while Abbigayle Deluca finished fourth in the pole vault by clearing 6'6".
St. James followed the meet with the Salem Open on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time.