The St. James track team took part in the Cuba Relays on Tuesday, Mar. 26. The Tigers dominated the event, with the boys coming in first place and the Lady Tigers finishing third amongst the girls.
The Tigers got started with a great showing in the sprinting events. Grant Conway came away with first place finishes in both the 100m and 200m dashes. He won the 100m dash with a time of 11.05 and the 200m dash with a time of 22.72. Austin Ridenhour also took fourth in the 100m dash with a time of 12.19 and third in the 200m dash with a time of 25.02. Mason Parker then finished second in the 400m dash with a time of 55.53m while James Altis finished fifth with a time of 58.28.
St. James also had some strong showing in the distance events. Dayton Lynch finished sixth in the 800m run with a time of 2:20.8. Zach Deardeuff and Ethan Barnett finished back to back in the 1,600m run in fifth and sixth with 5:45.06 and 5:46.56. Deardeuff then took third in the 3,200m 12:29, while Barnett finished in fifth with a time of 12:41.
St. James then went on to cruise in the hurdles events. Conway swept both of the events, winning both the 110m and 300m hurdles with relative ease. He won the 110m with a time of 14.18, while Connor Gorrell finished second with a time of 16.77 and Isaac Bradshaw finished fourth with a time of 18.98. Conway then won the 300m hurdles with a time of 38.88, while Gorrell finished second with a time of 45.31 and Bradshaw finished fourth with a time of 48.21.
The Tigers also shined in the relays with their best showing coming in the 4x100. The team of Tyler Recker, Ridenhour, Gorrell and Parker won the event with a time of 47.45. St. James also finished third in the 4x200 and 4x400, as well as taking fourth in the 4x800.
St. James also nearly swept the top spot in all of the jumping events. Bradshaw won the high jump by clearing 6', while Logan Sparks finished fourth after clearing 5'2". Michael Birkner won the pole vault by clearing 12'. Recker then won the long jump after a leap of 21', while Ridenhour finished in third with a jump of 18'8". Joseph Williams also finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 33'4".
St. James' top thrower was Jedidya Hitch, who finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 34'11" and 10th in the discus with a throw of 81'5". Bradshaw also finished seventh in the javelin with a throw of 110'6".
The Lady Tigers did an excellent job in the sprinting events with first place finishes in both the 100m and 200m dashes. Hunter Pitts claimed the top spot in the 100m dash with a time of 13.4, while Hannah Marcee finished the race in seventh. Heather Pankey then won the 200m dash with a time of 28.85. Kaylynn Crocker rounded out the sprinting events with a second place finish in the 400m run with a time of 1:07.95, while Camille Bullock finished sixth.
St. James only had one distance runner in Emily Kinkead. She finished fifth in the 3,200m run and ninth in the 1,600m run.
The Lady Tigers also did well in the hurdles. Mackenna Rodgers finished second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.8, while Emily Butts finished fifth. Rodgers then took third in the 300m hurdles with a time of 58.28, while Butts finished fourth with a time of 1:07.29.
St. James dominated the relays, winning two of the three that they competed in. The team of Pitts, Marcee, Pankey and Crocker won the 4x200 with a time of 1:54.74. That same team won the 4x400 with a time of 4:31. The Lady Tigers also finished third in the 4x100 with a time of 56.79.
The Lady Tigers also had some strong finishes in the jumping events. Pankey finished fourth in the high jump after clearing 4'6". That was also the height of the two second place finishers, but Pankey needed more attempts. Justus Ellis and Abbigayle Deluca finished in fifth and sixth in the pole vault. Crocker and Rodgers finished back to back in the long jump with Crocker taking fifth with a leap of 12'10.5" and Rodger claiming sixth with a jump of 12'9". Emily Light also took eighth in the event. Rodgers also finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 28'7", while Light finished fifth with a jump of 27'8".
St. James' next event was at Linn on Thursday, but results were not available at press time. Their next event will be the St. James Relays on Friday, April 5.