Track and Field (W)

Lady Pats go the Distance at MSC

When Head Coach Blake Jones took over the St. Catharine College Track and Field program four short years ago having three conference champions and three national qualifiers was the farthest thing from his mind. However, for Coach Jones, it is a reality that he has come to enjoy. “We are blessed to have great kids that work hard” remarked Jones. “Their effort is the reason that we have been able to have quick success.” Despite any doubters, Coach Jones’ Patriots prevailed at the Mid-South Conference Tournament once more when Chris Johnson (Bowling Green, Ky.) took the first place position in the men’s long jump with a 7.08 meter mark. “Chris had an excellent jump” remarked Jones. “He is the second men’s champion that we have had and it is great for the program.” Troy Mattingly, the school’s first champion, had a standout day in the decathlon, winning five of the ten events. However, despite his best efforts the reigning decathlon champion fell just short, snagging a second place finish. “Troy just missed it” said Jones. “It’s disappointing that he couldn’t repeat, but Troy has had a great career here at St. Catharine College.” For the women Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) led the way, having a standout performance in the women’s heptathlon. Just, in her first effort ever in the event, won the high jump portion of the event posting a 1.50 meter mark. In the remainder of the events, Just was able to maintain a consistent third place finish in each, allowing here to nail down an overall finish of third in the event. Following close behind in fourth and ninth, teammates Michelle Dunaway (Louisville, Ky.) and Samantha Osborn (Radcliff, Ky.) were able to stay in the top five of most of the events taking five extra points for the Patriots. In the javelin event Lindsey Vinson (Dawsonville, Ga.) and Brooke Gee (Ashland, Ky.) paced the Patriots as both finished in the top five of the event. Gee and Vinson stayed neck and neck as Gee was able to out toss her teammate by just five one hundredths of a meter with a 27.39 meter mark. The effort scored the Pats nine points and propelled them to a seventh place finish overall. Coach Jones will make the trip to the Gulf Coast with jumper Chris Johnson to compete in the national tournament following one more meet at Indiana University over the weekend.
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