In their opening home meet of the year, the Saints hosted a five team track meet last Friday afternoon and came away with some impressive performances.
The girls team came in first in the five team field and the boys team came in a close third.
The girls won by a wide margin and totaled 122.83 points. Second place was BEA at 91.83, third went to Cedar Mt./Comfrey with 55.5, fourth was Redwood Valley at 35.84 and GFW came in fifth at 21.
Redwood Valley won the boys side of the meet with 82 points and BEA was second with 80. The Saints were close behind with 74.
On the boys results Head Coach Scott Allen said that if, “Just a few things happen in a couple of events, then we could have won the meet.”
GFW finished fourth with 55.5 and Cedar Mt./Comfrey came in fifth with 40.5 points.
Senior Emily Hurley won both the discus and the shot put.
Emily won the discus by a wide margin with a throw of 113’3.5”. Freshman Madi Carlson placed second in the event with a throw of 92’9.5”. Sophomore Liz Reckow placed third with a throw of 86’11.5”.
Emily’s winning throw in the shot was 31’6”. Once again, freshman Carlson was second with a throw of 26’7”.
Sophomore Katy Hedlund won the high jump when she cleared the bar at 4’10’. Freshman Allison Brandts came in third with a jump of 4’6”.
The Saints girls ran well in the middle and long distance races. Seventh grader Mackenzie Miest won the 3,200 meter race with a time of 14:03. Junior Tanya Farfan came in third with a time of 14:52.
Senior Aryn Eckstrom won the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:395. Aryn placed third with a time of 2:365.
A pair of seniors finished two and four in the 100 meter dash. Michaela Nordby had a time of 13 flat for a second place finish and Devon Flohrs a time of 13.9 seconds in finishing fourth.
Jessica Carvatt finished second in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. Erin Hurley finished second in the pole vault.
The girls 4x100 relay team of Flohrs, Hedlund, Brandts and freshman Julie Hiebert finished second in that event with a time of 57.5 seconds.
The girls 4x200 team comprised of freshman Amelia Collier, Aubrey Eckstrom, Brandts and sophomore Hedlund placed second with a time of 1:57.4.
On the boys side of the competition, the Saints had some strong individual and relay team efforts.
Page 2 of 2 - Senior Johnathan Surber won the 1600 meter race with a time of 4:53.9, which was nearly a half minute ahead of the second place finisher from Redwood Valley. Seventh grader Lucas Pierson and eighth grader Tommy Velasco finished fourth and fifth respectively for SJA.
The other first place finishes for SJA were in relay events. In the 4x800 meter race the team of sophomores Zuriel Chacon, Luke Tonsager and freshman Noah Pinke and Dustin Curl won with a time of 9:01.6.
The Saints also won the 4x400 meter relay. That team was made up of Pinke, Chacon, Surber and senior Carlos Marquez. Their winning time was 3:44.9.
Zuriel finished second in the individual 800 meter event with a time of 2:12. Adam Bruton finished sixth with a time of 2:17.2.
The Saints had three runners place in the 3200 meters run. Sophomore Joe Dominquez came in third with a time of 12:05. Seniors Pedro Guillen and Richard Soto finished fifth and sixth respectively for the Saints.
Zach Brandts finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5’8”. Victor Torres finished third in the discus.
The Saints had three, four finishes in the 100 meter hurdles with Tyler Hanson finishing third and Alex Lara finishing fourth. In the 300 meter hurdles Lara finished third and Tyler Larson finished fourth.
The Saints had a second place finisher in the pole vault as Tyler Hanson cleared 11’.
Coach Allen said, “Overall we ran pretty well considering the cold night. Our girls field events carried us to victory, with three of our five first places coming from field events.
“Two of those came from Emily Hurley in shot put and discus. Hopefully our pits will dry out so we can start to long jump and triple jump soon.
“The boys came in a close third to Blue Earth Area and Redwood. Just a few things happened in a couple of events and we could have won the meet.
“We have a lot of work to do but our kids are working hard and results should start to show. Hopefully the weather will cooperate soon.”