There was no track meets this week for St. James as the SCC tournament was rescheduled from Thursday the 20th to Tuesday the 18th.


    There was no track meets this week for St. James as the SCC tournament was rescheduled from Thursday the 20th to Tuesday the 18th. Sub-section boys and girls track is today (Thursday) in Fairmont at 4:00. Sections are Saturday, June 5th, at Mankato West.
The Competition
St. James joins six other teams in Fairmont today: Fairmont, Blue Earth, Martin County West, Madelia-Truman, GHEC/Martin Luther, and Elmore Academy. The top two relay teams and top four individuals advance to sections.
Why you should go
Coach Scott Allen sums it up: “It’s tournament time. Athletes will be giving their best effort to try and advance to the next level. We have some great competitors that will step up to the challenge and compete.”
Keep an eye on:
Ben Tonsager who is consistently launching the shot put upwards of 50 feet. Also, the boys 4x800 relay team of Jon Surber, Carlos Marquez, Zach Christenson, and James Woratschka who deserve special recognition for their 2nd place finish at the SCC tournament. The team actually was first in prelims by less than a second, but finished second in the finals with a time of 8:36.18 to Fairmont’s 8:32.89. On the girls side, Michaela Norbdy and Briana Brandts are contenders in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, respectively, and Cheyanne Bowers looks to build on her 3rd place 3200 meter run from the SCC tournament.
    Here are all the St. James point-getters from the SCC tournament from Tuesday, May 18:
Girls: 100 meter dash: Michaela Nordby, 4th, 13.27; 200 meter dash: Briana Brandts, 4th, 27.41; 3200 meter run: Cheyanne Bowers, 3rd, 11:39.93; 4x100 meter relay, 3rd, 54.26; 4x200 meter relay, 4th, 1:59.47; 4x400 meter relay, 4th, 4:18.53; High jump: Mariah Mortenson & Briana Brandts, T-6th, 4’8”; Pole vault: Cheyanne Bowers, 5th, 8’; Discuss: Emily Hurley, 5th, 97’11”;
Boys: 800 meter run: James Woratschka, 5th, 2:10.37; 1600 meter run: Zach Christenson, 4th, 5:01.58; 3200 meter run: Jon Surber, 3rd, 10:41.81; 300 meter run: Dillan Hutchins, 3rd, 43.02; 4x100 relay: 4th, 47.74; 4x800 relay: 2nd, 8:36.18; Pole vault: Tyler Hansen & Chris Whitehead, 5th, 10’6”; Triple jump: Dillan Hutchins, 5th, 38’3”; Shot put: Ben Tonsager, 1st, 49’.5”; Discus: Tonsager, 6th, 110’9”
Scoring Clarification
    There was a bit of a scoring controversy at the SCC track and field tournament Tuesday, May 18th. What initially looked to be a one point win by Fairmont turned into a one point loss due to an obscure, but legitimate ruling.
    I’ll let Blue Earth Area’s track and field coach Tom Plocker explain:
    At the conclusion of the meet, Fairmont had 138.5 and appeared to have won by one point. But in two events (110 high hurdles and 400 meter dash), Fairmont's third entry placed 6th and the Cardinals had been awarded one additonal point for each of those events. According to SCC
policy, each team's 3rd entry is not to be scored. So Fairmont lost those two points, and Blue Earth Area then won by one point (The extra two points from Fairmont were given to Waseca (high hurdles) and St. Peter (400)).
    This had happened in a couple of other events (shot put, triple jump), but the scorer had recognized it and scored the event correctly. The pole vault results also state that Morgan from St. Peter and (Tyler) Hansen from St. James each earned .75 points for 5th, but that was incorrect. There was a tie for 5th between BEA's Tvedten and St. James' (Chris) Whitehead and those teams split the three points.
    The ruling is magnified since the final scores were so close. But again, those are the rules and the Fairmont boys must be content with a 2nd place finish.
    The same kind of situation played out on the girls’ side wherein Waseca gained a point and Fairmont lost one for another mistakenly-scored 6th-place finish. That ruling didn’t alter the finishing position of the six teams but it made the margin of victory for the Cardinals four points instead of six.
The final, official results:
Boys
1st: Blue Earth 137.5
2nd: Fairmont 136.5
3rd: Waseca 104.5
4th: St. Peter 67*
5th: New Ulm 62
6th: Saints 45.5*

Girls
1st: Fairmont 150**
2nd: Waseca 146**
3rd: Blue Earth 137
4th: St. Peter 71
5th: Saints 39
6th: New Ulm 15

*St. Peter down 1.75 points and St.?James down .75 from published reports last week.
** Fairmont down 1 point and Waseca up 1 from last week’s report.