Thunder successful against familiar foes on the track
After a difficult showing at the Ottawa Invitational, the level of competition did not drop off this week for the St. James Academy track team.
Going up against some of its familiar rivals at the Miege Invitational, the Thunder grabbed third in the boys team event and fourth in the girls event in the 10-team meet.
“Any time you get the chance to go out and run against some kids they’ve competed against since grade school, it certainly adds some extra motivation,” coach Rich Weitz said.
Some of the top performers for St. James included sophomore Brie Lewis whose time of 27.85 seconds gave her a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash.
Freshman Lily Hecke grabbed an individual title in the 800-meter run when she blistered by the competition with a 2:37.44, beating everyone else by 10 seconds.
The Thunder also posted a respectable time in the boys 800-meter run when John Scherschligt edged Stephen Foster of Miege to finish at 2:05.46, good for the gold medal.
In the 4-x-100-meter relay, the St. James girls ran a solid race, but could not surpass Bishop Miege with a 0:52.52 second-place time.
In the high jump, junior Sarah Zuchowski jumped 4-8 for second place in the event.
The last two weeks have been a blessing for the Thunder as they move closer to getting a better picture of what their 4A regional competition will look like.
“It’s kind of nice to go out of your comfort zone and see those schools you don’t see that often,” Weitz said.