The St. James and Newburg track teams ran at the Cuba Invitational on Thursday, April 11. The Tigers took home first place with 171 team points, while the Lady Tigers took second on the girls side with 118 team points. Newburg saw their girls finish in a tie for eighth, while the boys finished in 11th.
St. James boys:
The St. James boys set the tone with a great showing in the sprints. As he has all year, Grant Conway won both his sprinting races, as well as both the hurdles events. He won the 100m run with a time of 10.96, while Nick Halbrook finished in fourth with a time of 12.13. Conway then won the 200m dash with a time of 24.02, while Austin Ridenhour finished in third with a time of 24.84. Mason Parker rounded out the sprints with a second place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 54.87. Conway and Connor Gorrell took the top two spots in both of the hurdles races. Conway won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.03, while Gorrell took second with a time of 16.6. Isaac Bradshaw also finished fourth in the race with a time of 18.4. Conway then won the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.78, while Gorrell took second with a time of 45.81. Bradshaw took seventh in the race.
The distance races saw Dayton Lynch finish fifth in the 800m run with a time of 2:23.02. Ethan Barnett took 12th in the 1,600m run, while Joesph Burns took 15th.
The Tigers also won three of the four relays, starting with the 4x100. They won the event with a time of 46.55. They then went on to win the 4x200 with a time of 1:39.49. The Tigers also claimed the top spot in the 4x400 with a time of 3:47.74. St. James also went on to finish sixth in the 4x800.
St. James also shined in the field events. St. James won both the long and triple jumps on the day. Tyler Recker won the long jump with a leap of 20'4", while Ridenhour took second with a jump of 19'9.5". Ridenhour then won the triple jump with a leap of 41'6.75". Joseph Williams took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 36'1". Bradshaw also finished second in the high jump by clearing 5'8". He took second instead of first on a tiebreaker.
Jedidya Hitch rounded things out with a strong showing in the throws. He took second in the shout put with a throw of 39', while finishing 11th in the discus.
St. James girls:
The Lady Tigers got out to an excellent start in the sprinting events. Hunter Pitts won both the 100m and 200m dashes. She won the 100m dash with a time of 13.27, before finishing the 200m dash with a time of 28.15. Hannah Marcee also took fifth in the 100m dash with a time of 14.41, while Heather Pankey took fourth in the 200m dash with a time of 29.32. Kaylynn Crocker rounded out the sprints with a second place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 1:08.26, while Emily Light finished seventh.
St. James' only distance runner was Emily Kinkead, who finished 10th in the 1,600m and 3,200m runs.
The Lady Tigers also ran well in the hurdles events. Mackenna Rodgers won the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.00. Pankey, Rodgers and Courtney Cale then finished back to back to back in the 300m hurdles with Pankey finishing second with a time of 53.11. Rodgers finished with a time of 56.30 and Cale finished in 57.05.
St. James then won all three of the relays they ran in. They won the 4x100 with a time of 54.29, the 4x200 with a time of 1:59.96 and the 4x400 with a time of 4:27.12.
The Lady Tigers also competed well in the field events. Raina Forstrom took fourth in the long jump with a leap of 14'1" and sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 28'4". Light also took ninth in the long jump. Forstrom and Pankey also finished back to back in the high jump with Fostrom claiming fourth after clearing 4'6" and Pankey taking fifth after clearing 4'4". Mackenzie Brennan and Gwendolyn Crawford finished back to back in the discus in 11th and 12th. Brennan also took ninth in the shot put, while Abby Walton finished 14th.
Several of Newburg's top finishes came in the field events. Caleb Auston took third in the triple jump with a leap of 36'3.5", while finishing fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17'9". Gabe Killian also finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 94'8" and eighth in the shot put with a throw of 34'. Marah Suschanke took sixth in the discus with a throw of 73'2" and seventh in the discus with a throw of 26'2". Elena Adami finished in seventh in the discus and Ella Mathis finished 12th in the shot put.
Newburg only had runners in the sprinting events. Claire Affolter took fourth in the 400m dash with a time of 1:9.73, ninth in the 200m dash with a time of 31.44 and 11th in the 100m dash. Austin also finished sixth in the 100m dash with a time of 12.54.