The St. James and Newburg track teams ran in the Osage Invitational on Tuesday, April 16. The Tigers had a great showing, finishing in first place as a team by a single point, while the Lady Tigers finished eighth. Newburg's boys and girls teams each finished in 11th.
St. James boys:
As he has all season, Grant Conway helped set the tone for the Tigers in the sprinting and hurdles events. Conway won the 100m dash with a time of 10.7, while Nick Halbrook finished in 10th. Conway then took second in the 200m dash with a time of 22.36. Mason Parker finished off the sprinting events with a fifth place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 55.57, while James Altis finished in ninth.
St. James continued their dominance in the hurdles, claiming the top two spots in each of the races. Conway won the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.95, while Connor Gorrell finished in second with a time of 16.09. Conway then claimed the top spot in the 300m hurdles with a time of 40.11, while Gorrell was right behind him in second with a time of 45.14.
The distance events saw Dayton Lynch finish sixth in the 800m run with a time of 2:19.14. Ethan Barnett then earned a ninth place finish in the 1,600m run with a time of 5:48.28.
The Tigers also had an excellent showing in the relay events. Their top finish came in the 4x200, where the team of Tyler Recker, Austin Ridenhour, Parker and Halbrook won with a time of 1:36.16. The same team also took second in the 4x100 with a time of 46.33. St. James also took home a third place finish in the 4x400 with a time of 3:50.46.
St. James continued their strong day in the field events. The top finish came from Isaac Bradshaw in the high jump, where the senior won the event after clearing 5'8". Recker also earned a second place finish in the long jump with a leap of 20'11", while Ridenhour finished sixth. Michael Birkner finished in a tie for second in the pole vault, as he was one of three competitors to clear 12'. Joseph Williams and Preston Richardson both triple jumped for St. James, finishing in 13th and 15th.
Bradshaw kept rolling as he moved into his lone throwing event. He claimed third in the javelin with a throw of 124'5", while Gorrell finished in seventh. Jedidya Hitch also threw well for St. James with a seventh place finish in the shot put after a throw of 38'1.5". He then took 14th in the discus with a throw of 93'5.5", while Altis finished 16th.
St. James girls:
The Lady Tigers got out to a solid start in the sprinting events, led by a pair of top four finishes from Hunter Pitts. She finished fourth in the 100, dash with a time of 13.2, while Hannah Marcee took 11th in the event. Pitts then finished third in the 200m dash with a time of 28.61, while Heather Pankey finished sixth with a time of 29.24.
St. James also ran well in the hurdles events led by Mackenna Rodgers. She took fourth in both the 100m and 300m hurdles with times of 17.54 and 56.15. Courtney Cale also finished eighth in the 300m hurdles, while Emily Butts took 10th in the 100m hurdles.
The Lady Tigers ran three of the four relay events with their top finish coming in 4x200, where St. James took fourth with a time of 1:57.83. They also finished fifth in the 4x100 with a time of 54.68 and eighth in the 4x400.
St. James also had some solid finishes in the field events. Raina Forstrom finished fifth in the high jump by clearing 4'6", while Pankey finished ninth. Pankey then took sixth in the long jump with a leap of 15'6", while Forstrom finished 10th. Emily Light took seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 30'6.25, while Butts finished 14th. Abby Walton finished 10th in the javelin with a throw of 94'1", while Pitts finished 15th. Mackenzie Brennan finished 10th in the shot put with a throw of 26'4.5", while Walton finished 19th. Walton then took 11th in the discus with a throw of 71'6.5", while Gwendolyn Crawford finished 14th.
Newburg's top finish came in the javelin. Claire Affolter finished second in the event with a throw of 106'1", while Marah Suschanke finished ninth. Gabe Killian took 12th in the boys event, while Ethan Sanchez finished 14th. Other field event finishes include a sixth and seventh place finishes by Claire and Grace Affolter in the pole vault by clearing 7' and 6'6", while Sanchez finished in 10th place in the boys event by clearing 9'. Caleb Austin finished in 15th in the long jump with a leap of 16'8" and 10th in the triple jump by clearing 36'5". Suschanke also took home a sixth place finish in the discus with a throw of 81'4", while Elena Ademi finished 13th. Killian finished 16th in the shot put, while Ella Mathis finished in a tie for 15th and Suschanke finished in 17th in the girls event.
The running events saw Austin claim 13th in the 100m dash, while Jared Lott finished 16th. G. Affolter finished 13th in the 100m dash for the girls. C. Affolter finished ninth in the 400m dash with a time of 1:09.24, while Lott and Sanchez finished in 16th and 19th in the boys race. Lott took ninth in the 200m run with a time of 25.84, while Sanchez finished 18th. C. Affolter took eighth in the girls 200m dash with a time of 30.04.