Friday- Sophomore athlete Chris Anderson just over a half a year after breaking his femur competed for the first time in the Pole Vault. Chris vaulted himself over 10 feet 6 inches and just missed clearing 11 feet. That would be enough for 8th place an impressive feat for an athlete that was not ranked in the state most of the year.
Saturday- Senior Trey Myers had a look of determination on his face as the team traveled to Spring Valley that morning. His first race was the 110 meter hurdles. Trey knew it would take a perfect race for him to come away with the victory. The race was over in an instant and after another athlete was disqualified Trey locked up 2nd place in his first race of the day in a time of 15.06.
Just 1 year after Trey had taken 2nd place by 6 hundredths of a second he was on the track again ready to take what was his. The race began and Myers raced to the hurdles making easy work of the first 200 meters coming off of the 2nd turn Trey found himself in a close 2nd place. It was go time and Trey turned it up to another level and ran away with the race finishing in 1st place with a sub 53.5. This time would have placed Trey in the top 8 in the nation for high school athletes but as you may have noticed I said âwould haveâ. As the Shark fans were high fiving and hooting and hollering they heard over the loud speaker the announcer call for the St James boys coach. After a long conversation with the officials and head of the high school league Myers was disqualified for what an official considered hooking 2 hurdles. (Hurdles 2 and 4) In the opinion of the St James coaching staff and numerous other coaches and fans this was an undeserved disqualification. What happened next is an example of sportsmanship at its finest. The other participants in the 400 hurdles did not agree with the judgement of the high school league as well and when it was time to announce the places they showed their disapproval. As the names and places were called the athletes left the 1st place spot open and after the official champion was called they all turned around and motioned to Trey to step up and get the recognition he deserved. Not only did these athletes honor Trey but they exchanged their medals and even though technically it is not his 1st place medal he came home with it and he did earn it.
What we as a track coaching staff took away from this meet is what amazing young adults we have here at St James. Faced with adversity and tough luck our athletes, coaches, and fans could have shown their tails and threw a fit but that was not the case. St James conducted themselves with dignity and class never losing their tempers even when no one would have blamed them for it. We are St James and We are Shark Strong.
Thank you to all the people who cheered on the team this year. I have attached a video link with all of the vaults and races from this weekend.