Competing for the first time as a varsity member of the MIAA Conference, the St. Paul's Track & Field team claimed the B Conference championship by topping 10 teams and outscoring runner-up St. Vincent Pallotti, 162-145.
Led by its seniors, St. Paul's set the tone early Saturday morning in the field events. Kolby Kesler and Dominic Piazza teamed to score 10 points in shot put, with Kesler placing third in the conference. Crusaders A.J. Sawyer and Trayon Wright jumped 20' and 19', respectively, to take second and third in the long jump.
Everette McDuffie took 1st place in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. By also winning the triple jump, McDuffie was the only athlete at the championship to claim three first-place finishes. He won the 300 hurdles in dramatic fashion, tripping on the 5th hurdle and doing an entire forward roll before regaining momentum and still easily winning. Teammate Ethan Shaffer finished third in the same event.
Phillip Heflin took second in the 1600 with a 4:39, while Timmy Knott ran an amazing 800m to take first. David Kelly ran a 52-second 400m for 3rd place. Jordan Steinbach, who was injured early in the long jump, limped through the 4x100 and 4x400 relays to make sure St. Paul's scored critical points.
Congratulations to the 37 student-athletes who claimed a championship in their first MIAA season, and who compete at a very high level, particularly considering they don't have a home track for practicing.