On the hottest day ever recoreded in St. James for any day in May, SJA hosted the South Central Conference Track Tournament.
The temperature was 102 when the athletes took to the track. The hot and very windy weather no doubt affected all the athletes on the field.
The Saints have been very competitive in many of the meets they’ve participated in this year, but against the bigger and deeper schools of the SCC, the SJA athletes do not have an advantage.
The girls track team finished fifth with 86.50 points. The Fairmont girls won the meet with 142, BEA had 116, St. Peter scored 102, Waseca just edged out the Saints for fourth with 92 and New Ulm had 17 points.
The boys finished sixth with 48.00 points. Waseca won it with 144.50, Fairmont had 103.50, St. Peter had 90, BEA had 89 and New Ulm was fifth with 66.
Highlights for the Saints start with Emily Hurley, who, as she has many times this spring, won both the discus and the shot put by comfortable margins.
Emily won the discus with a throw of 113’9.5”. The second place throw came in at less than 94 feet. Saints freshman Madi Carlson was third in the event.
Emily won the shot put with a throw of 36’8”, which was three feet longer than the second place finisher.
Sophomore Katy Hedlund won the high jump when she cleared five feet.
Second place finishers for the girls were Michaela Nordby in the 100 meter dash, Erin Hurley in the pole vault, Aryn Eckstrom in the 1600 meter run and the girls 4x800 relay team of Erin Hurley, Ashley Lahti, Aubrey Eckstrom, and Aryn Eckstrom.
On the boys side the Saints had two individuals who finished as champions. Senior Johnathan Surber capped a great career in the SCC when he won the 3200 meter run.
Freshman Miguel Gonzales began a great career in the SCC as he won the high jump when he cleared six feet.
The boys 4x800 relay team were also champions. Running on that squad were Surber, Noah Pinke, Luke Tonsager and Zuriel Chacon. Surber’s going to be gone, but that’s two sophomores and a freshman running on that team.