The St. James and Newburg track teams took part in the Linn Invitational on Thursday, Mar. 28. Mother Nature had different plans for the meet, as only 14 of the 19 events were completed. The Tigers won the boys meet comfortably, while the Lady Tigers finished in a tie for fourth. The Newburg boys did not have enough competitors for a team score, while their girls finished in 14th.

St. James boys: 

Only two of the three sprinting events were completed, but St. James took home first place finishes in both. Grant Conway won the 100m dash with a time of 11.19, while Austin Ridenhour finished the race in sixth with a time of 12.44. Mason Parker then won the 400m dash with a time of 55.47, while James Altis finished fourth with a time of 56.83.

Only one of the distance events were finished, as Zachary Deardeuff finished 19th and Ethan Barnett finished 22nd in the 1,600m run. 

The 110m hurdles was the only hurdle event run, but St. James shined in the race. Conway won the race easily with a time of 14.24, winning by more than 2.5 seconds. Connor Gorrell finished third with a time of 16.87, missing second by .05 seconds.

St. James had their best relay race in the 4x100, when they finished in second place. The team of Tyler Recker, Ridenhour, Gorrell and Parker finished with a time of 46.94. The Tigers then finished seventh in the 4x200 and sixth in the 4x800. The 4x400 was not run. 

The Tigers also had a number of great showings in the jumping events. Isaac Bradshaw won the high jump by clearing 6'. Michael Birkner took fourth in the pole vault by clearing 10'. Recker and Ridenhour finished back to back in the long jump in second and third with jumps of 20' 3.25" and 19' 1.75", respectively. Joseph William took eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 35' 7.5".

St. James' top thrower was Jedidya Hitch. He took home seventh in the shot put with a throw of 36' 2". He then finished 19th in the discus. Bradshaw threw the javelin for St. James, finishing in 17th place. 

St. James girls:

The Lady Tigers got off to a solid start with the 100m dash. Hunter Pitts finished third in the race with a time of 13.65. Hannah Marcee finished in 12th in the race. Justus Eliis took 19th in the 400m dash, while Emily Kinkead finished 19th in the 1,600m run. 

Mackenna Rodgers had a great showing in the hurdles, coming away with a third place finish with a time of 18.38. Emily Butts finished 13th in the race.

The Lady Tigers finished in third in both of the relays they competed in. The team if Pitts, Raina Forstrom, Camille Bullock and Marcee finished the 4x100 in 55.17 to claim third. Pitts, Marcee Heather Pankey and Kaylynn Crocker then finished the 4x200 in 1:55.13 to finish third. The 4x400 was not run and St. James did not have a team in the 4x800.

The Lady Tigers had a first place finish in the jumping events when Ellis won the pole vault by clearing 7' 6". Forstrom then took fifth in the long jump by leaping 14' 7.25", while Crocker finished in 11th. Forstrom also finished fifth in the triple jump by jumping 29' 8.75", while Rodgers finished in 14th. Forstrom rounded out the jumping events with a seventh place finish in the high jump, clearing 4' 8", while Pankey took eighth by clearing 4' 6".

St. James' top thrower was Abby Walton. She finished 21st in the shot put, 23rd in the discus and 14th in the javelin. Gwendolyn Crawford finished 22nd in the shot put and 25th in the discus, while Ellis finished 21st in the javelin. 


Newburg's top finishes came in the field events. Marah Suschanke and Claire Affolter finished back to back in the javelin in fifth and sixth. Suschanke placed fifth with a throw of 96' 10", while Affolter had a throw of 93' 9". Grace Affolter also had a sixth place finish in the pole vault by clearing 6' 6". Suschanke also finished 12th in the discus and 20th in the shot put.

The boys field events saw Gabe Killian finished 11th in the shot put with a throw of 34' 5.5" and 13th in the discus with a throw of 96' 3". Ethan Sanchez and Killian finished back to back in the javelin with a throws of 104' 11" and 100' 8" to finish in 15th and 16th, respectively. Sanchez also finished 15th in the pole vault. Caleb Austin also took 12th in the long jump, while Darrion Patton finished in 18th.

The running events saw Austin finish the 100m dash in 16th, while Patton took 25th. C. Affolter took 13th in the 400m dash, while Patton finished in 25th in the boys race. Annaleese Logan had the top running finish for Newburg, taking sixth in the 1,600m run with a time of 6:03.71. Sanchez also finished 19th in the 110m hurdles. 

Newburg will compete at Fatima on Tuesday, April 2, before both teams run in the St. James Relays on Friday, April 5.