The St. James track team took part in the Hermann Invitational on Tuesday, April 23. The boys finished in second place in the meet, while the girls took ninth.
Grant Conway set the tone for St. James, winning all four of his races on the day. The Iowa-commit won the 100m dash with a time of 10:98, before winning the 200m dash with a time of 22.63. Conway then went on to win the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.17, while Connor Gorrell finished in sixth. Conway finished off his day by winning the 300m with a time of 38.85, while Gorrell again finished in sixth.
Mason Parker earned a third place finish for the Tigers in the 400m dash with a time of 54.01. Other individual running finishes included a 16th Dayton Lynch in the 800m run.
St. James ran in three of the four relay events with their top finish coming in the 4x100. The team of Tyler Recker, Austin Ridenhour, Parker and Nick Halbrook took second in the 4x100 with a time of 46.55. St. James also finished fifth in the 4x200 and seventh place in the 4x400.
The Tigers' top field finishes came in the jumping events. Recker finished in second in the long jump with his leap of 20'3", while Ridenhour finished in fourth with a jump of 19'.25". Ridenhour also finished in third in the triple jump with a leap of 38'3.5", while Joseph Williams finished in 11th. Isaac Bradshaw took fifth in the high jump after clearing 5'6", while Michael Birkner finished in a tie for fifth in the pole vault by clearing 11'.
Jedidya Hitch was St. James' top thrower. He finished in eighth in the shot put with a throw of 38'5", while placing 13th in the discus. Gorrell also took eighth in the javelin with a throw of 112'10", while Bradshaw finished in 16th.
St. James finished with a team score of 94.5, behind Centralia's 148. They beat Pacific by half of a point.
The Lady Tigers got out to a solid start in the sprinting events, as Hunter Pitts took third in the 100m dash with a time of 13.26. Pitts then finished in fourth in the 200m dash with a time of 28.29, while Heather Pankey finished in ninth. Allison Herron finished in 15th in the 400m dash. Emily Kinkead ran the distance events, placing 21st in the 800m run and 22nd in the 1,600m run. Mackenna Rodgers was the top hurdler for the girls, finishing in fifth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.41 and seventh in the 300m hurdles with a time of 56.11.
The relay races saw St. James finish fourth in the 4x100 with a time of 54.2 and sixth in the 4x200.
The Lady Tigers competed well in the jumping events. Pankey took third in the long jump after leaping 15'.25", while Raina Forstrom finished in sixth. Emily Light finished in 11th in the triple jump, while Forstrom finished in 16th. Forstrom also finished in ninth in the high jump after clearing 4'6".
In the throwing events, Abby Walton earned a ninth place finish in the javelin with a throw of 85'6" and 15th in the discus. Mackenzie Brennan finished 18th in the shot put, while Gwendolyn Crawford finished 21st in the shot put and 18th in the discus.