The St. James track team hosted the annual St. James Relays on Friday, April 5 with Newburg making the quick trip down 44 to participate. The St. James boys finished the meet in second place, while their girls finished fourth. The Newburg girls finished eighth, while the boys finished ninth.
St. James boys:
The Tigers got out to a strong start in the sprinting events with a pair of first place finishes from Grant Conway. The senior won the 100m dash with a time of 10.97, while Austin Ridenhour finished fourth with a time of 11.96 and Nick Halbrook finished sixth with a time of 12.18. Conway then also won the 200m dash with a time of 23.07, while Ridenhour finished in third with a time of 24.51 and Halbrook finished fifth with a time of 25.2. Mason Parker rounded out the sprinting events with a third place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 53.6, while James Altis finished in ninth.
Dayton Lynch had the top distance finish, placing fifth in the 800m run with a time of 2:19.34, while Joseph Burn finished 13th. Zach Deardeuff and Ethan Barnett finished back to back in the 1,600m run with times of 5:38.45 and 5:39.46.
Conway also swept the hurdles events for St. James dominating both races. He finished the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.27, while Connor Gorrell finished in second in 17 flat. Isaac Bradshaw also finished the race in fifth with a time of 18.38. Conway then won the 300m hurdles by nearly four seconds with a time of 38.69. Gorrell finished third with a time of 45.82, while Bradshaw finished ninth.
The Tigers had a strong showing in the relays with their top finish coming in the 4x100. The team of Tyler Recker, Ridenhour, Gorrell and Parker won the event with a time of 46.59. St. James also finished third in the 4x400 with a time of 3:51.66 The Tigers took seventh in the 4x800 and eighth in the 4x200.
St. James had an excellent showing in the field events, winning two of the four jumping events. Bradshaw won the high jump for St. James as the only competitor to clear 5'10". The Tigers then took the top two spots in the long jump. Recker won the event with a leap of 19'6", while Ridenhour finished second with a jump of 18'10. Joseph Williams finished sixth in the triple jump by clearing 35'11", while Michael Birkner finished fourth in the pole vault by clearing 11'.
Jedidya Hitch was St. James' top thrower on the day. He finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 37'7", while placing 12th in the discus with a throw of 91'4".
St. James girls:
The Lady Tigers set the tone with a strong showing in the sprinting event. Heather Pankey won the 200m dash with a time of 28.36, while Emily Light finished ninth. Hunter Pitts finished second in the 100m dash with a time of 13.58, while Hannah Marcee finished 10th and Courtney Cale finished 12th. The Lady Tigers had one distance runner, as Emily Kinkead finished 11th in both the 1,600m and 3,200m runs.
St. James also had a pair of excellent performances in the hurdles. Pankey won the 300m hurdles with a time of 51.32, while Mackenna Rodgers took second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.03. Cale also finished seventh in the 300m hurdles, while Emily Butts finished ninth in the 100m hurdles.
The Lady Tigers had top three finishes in each of the three relays they took part in. Their best finish came in the 4x200, where the team of Pitts, Marcee, Pankey and Kaylynn Crocker finished second with a time of 1:54.59. St. James also took third in the 4x100 and 4x400 with times of 55.20 and 4:40.35.
St. James also had some strong showings in the field events. Raina Forstrom had a third place finish int he long jump with a leap of 14'8", while Rodgers was an inch behind her to finish in fifth. Crocker also finished eighth in the event. Light also finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 31'2.75", while Forstrom finished in seventh with a jump of 30'.5". Forstrom also finished eighth in the high jump after clearing 4'6".
The top throwing finish for St. James came form Gwendolyn Crawford, who took 10th in the discus with a throw of 70'4". Abby Walton finished 12th in the event. Mackenzie Brennan and Walton then finished back to back in the shot put in 15th and 16th.
Newburg had a number of strong showings in the sprinting events. Hunter Mentola finished seventh in the 100m dash with a time of 12.2, while Caleb Austin finished 14th and Darrion Patton finished 24th. Grace Affolter finished in 20th for the girls in the race. Mentola then finished 11th in the 200m dash, while in the girls race Claire Affolter finished 13th. C. Affolter also finished fourth in the 400m dash with a time of 1:10.82, while Jared Lott finished 12th in the boys race.
Annaleese Logan was the only distance runner for Newburg, as she ran in all three distance races. Her top finish came in the 800m run, where she placed third with a time of 2:45.64. She then took fifth in the 1,600m run with a time of 6:16.72. Logan rounded things out with an eighth place finish in the 3,200m run with a time of 14:30.49.
Newburg's only hurdles runner was Ethan Sanchez, who finished 17th in the 300m hurdles.
The Newburg boys ran in two relay races on the day. The Wolves took fifth in the 4x100 with a time of 49.56 and sixth in the 4x400 with a time of 4:38.34.
Newburg also had some strong showings in the field events. The top finish came from Austin, who took second in the triple jump by leaping 37'11". Dylan Steffe took 12th in the event. Mentola finished 11th in the long jump, while Austin finished 14th, Steffe finished 16th and Patton finished in 21st. The throwing events saw Elena Adami finished eighth in the discus with a throw of 77'1". Killian finished 15th in the event for the boys, while also placing 13th in the shot put. Ella Mathis finished 17th in the shot out for the girls, while Adami took 19th.