In what is still a fledgling track and field program, St. Catharine coach Blake Jones has to feel good each time his teams finish ahead of more established programs. And that happened Saturday at the University of the Cumberlands Invitational in Williamsburg, Ky.
The Patriot women finished 10th in the 15 team field while the SC men placed 13th among the 15 schools.
“We had some good individual performances,” said Jones who arrived at St. Catharine just shortly over a year ago to lead the program. “We were competitive in many events against the conference (Mid-South) teams that were there.”
Centre College won the women’s meet with 144 points to runner-up Cumberlands who had 125. Cumberlands won the men’s meet with 128 points while Lindsey Wilson finished second with 115 points. The St. Catharine women finished with 17 points and the men 11.
Symfonee Henderson earned 10 of the Patriots’ 17 points in the women’s meet. The junior from Nashville, Tenn. Placed second in the high jump at 1.47 meters and was seventh in the 100 meter dash in 13.68 seconds.
Michelle Dunaway got five points for a fourth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 4.82 meters. Carolynn Dreyer and Brandi Dickinson finished ninth in the400 meter run and javelin throw respectively for one point apiece.
Troy Mattingly paced the Patriots in the men’s meet with five points. He was fourth in the 110 meter hurdles. Travis Wilkins got three points for an eighth place finish in the 100 meter dash and a tie for sixth in the high jump. Jacob Williams was seventh in the javelin throw at 40.51 meters which was good for three points.
The Patriots will run Friday at the Eastern Kentucky University Twilight meet in Richmond.