Before the other Saints teams play a match or have a game, the Saints boys and girls track teams have held two meets. Having indoor facilties to compete in makes all the difference in the world when it comes to scheduling early meets.
The Saints got going last Friday at Mankato. They weren’t keeping official score, but they were still keeping unofficial score when the Saints boys and girls track teams competed against much of the South Central Conference. Teams from Blue Earth Area, Fairmont, New Ulm and St. Peter were there.
Head Coach Scott Allen said, “Overall we performed well, but also realize we have a lot of work to do to get in better shape.”
Place finishers at Mankato for the girls were:
Amelia Collier - 400
Devon Flohrs - 200
Emily Hurley - Shot Put
Katy Hedlund - High Jump
Michaela Nordby - 60
Medley Relay - Devon Flohrs, Amelia Collier, Erin Hurley, Aryn Eckstrom
Aryn Eckstrom - 800
Place finishers at Mankato for the boys were:
Medley Relay - Zuriel Chacon, Kody Curry, Noah Pinke, Carlos Marquez
Miguel Gonzalez - High Jump
Miguel Gonzalez - Pole Vault
Zach Brandts - High Jump
4x400 Relay - Noah Pinke, Carlos Marquez, Zuriel Chacon, Daniel Camacho
Victor Torres Shot put
On Tuesday the Saints competed at an indoor meet at Redwood Valley in a four team meet. Competing along with SJA were Redwood Valley, Canby and Yellow Medicine East.
The Saints girls team won by a large margin.
1) St James 101
2) Canby 73
3) Redwood Valley 62.5
4) YME 51.5
The boys just missed coming in first.
1) Redwood Valley 106.8
2)St James 99.8333
Coach Allen said, “The girls did a great job by winning many events, but also double pointing in most. This led to the girls winning. I'm proud of how we competed by finishing races strong. Our field events also finished well.
“The boys came up just a little short, but again we ran well and finished races.
“We are off to a great start, but that is all it is, we need to keep working hard and continue to improve.”
Saints who finished first in the meet were:
Girls 60 Meter Dash Michaela Nordby, 8.48.
Girls 200 Meter Dash
Amelia Collier, 29.01.
Girls 400 Meter Dash
Erin Hurley, 1:08.85.
Girls 4x200 Meter Relay
St James 'A', Amelia Collier, Katy Hedlund, Alison Durheim, Julia Hiebert, 2:01.38.
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1, St James 'A', Erin Hurley, Aryn Eckstrom, Macy Elness, Aubrey Eckstrom, 11:01.42.
Girls High Jump Katy Hedlund, 4-10.
Girls Long Jump Devon
Girls Shot Put Emily
Boys 400 Meter Dash Zuriel Chacon, 54.97.
Boys 800 Meter Run Carlos Marquez, 2:15.05.
Boys 4x200 Meter Relay
St James 'A', Zuriel Chacon, Kody Curry, Tylar Larson, Miguel Gonzalez 1:46.67.
Boys 4x400 Meter Relay
St James 'A', Zuriel Chacon, Seth Basmoen, Luke Tonsager, Kody Curry 3:57.16.
Boys 4x800 Meter Relay
St James 'A', Carlos Marquez, Luke Tonsager, Noah Pinke, Mario Garcia 9:20.13.