The St. Xavier Track and Field Bombers have high expectations heading into the 2018 Spring Season and they showed off some of their talent this past Wednesday at the Elder Skyline Open. The meet was held at the Panther Athletic Complex and featured all normal events except for most relays. Nine teams opened the season in the event on a cold, rainy evening.
The Bombers came out on top with a total of 138 points which was ahead of second place Moeller who scored 111.5 points. The hosts, Elder Panthers, finished in third place with 109 points and LaSalle finished fourth with 78.5 points. St. Xavier has now won the Skyline Open two years straight.
The Discus throw produced 8 points for the Bombers as senior Sean Mesue finished 3rd with a throw of 140-09 and senior Joe Kemper finished 7th with a throw of 117-09. Senior Bobby Jefferson scored points in the Shot Put event with a 7th place finish as well with a throw of 41-04.0.
In the Long Jump event, junior BJ Ferguson finished 2nd with a jump of 19-01.0 while senior Jon Carr finished 6th with a jump of 18-00.0. Senior Jerron Gray finished tied for 6th in the High Jump event by clearing 5-03.0.
The 110 meter hurdles featured two St. Xavier runners scoring as sophomore Kellen Newman finished 2nd with a time of 16.26 while senior Kameron Baxter finished 7th with a time of 17.20. Senior Calvin Brigger also finished with a time of 21.63.
St. Xavier runners finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 100 meter dash. Junior Henry Young won with a time of 11.11 while Ferguson ran an 11.35 for second place. Senior TJ Ahrens finished in 11.47 to complete the sweep for the Bommbers. Senior King Hudson finished 10th with a time of 11.92.
Senior Peter Dauenhauer, GCL Cross Country Athlete of the Year, ran away with 1600 meter run as he finished 1st with a time of 4:40.78. Junior Joe Doogan finished 6th with a time 4:45.75 to score as well for the Bombers. Other finishers included junior Zane Reeb in 12th (5:00.72) and junior Evan Sugrue in 13th (5:02.49).
The 400 Meter Dash saw a St. Xavier freshman record fall as freshman Nic Manfroy ran to a 4th place finish in 53.82. Senior Alex Rudich finished in 7th place with a 54.35 while junior Jackson Scroggins finished in 8th place in 54.98 to both score for the Bombers. Junior Robert Waddell finished 15th with a time 57.29.
Senior Tyler Sandifer was the lone scorer for St. Xavier in the 300 Meter Hurdles as he finished in 4th place with a time of 43.95. Also finishing was Newman in a time of 45.98 (9th), Baxter with a 47.84 (13th) and Brigger in 52.30 (18th).
The Bombers had two scorers in the 800 Meter Run as sophomore Tommy Walters finished in 4th place with a time of 2:05.84 while senior Michael Holly finished 7th with a 2:08.03. Other finishers for St. Xavier included junior Nick Mills in 10th place with a time of 2:11.20 and senior Myles Hall in 15th with a time of 2:15.96.
Young won his second event of the night when he ran a 22.47 in the 200 Meter Dash. Ferguson finished 3rd with a time of 23.17 and Ahrens finished 5th with a time 23.64 to all score for the Bombers. Hudson finished 14th with a time of 24.75.
All four runners in the 3200 Meter Run for St. Xavier all put points on the board with sophomore Michael Hazel leading the way with a 3rd place finish in a time of 10:13.54 while his classmate John Dillon finished right behind him in 4th place with a time of 10:15.03. Senior Jack Hands ran a time of 10:20.28 to finish in 5th place with junior teammate right behind him, Michael Srinivasan, in 6th place with a time of 10:21.14.
The only relay of the night was the 4x400 and the Bombers won the event with a time of 3:33.37. Manfroy, Sandifer, Young and Ahrens ran for St. Xavier and claimed the win. The Bombers entered a 2nd team in the race as well and they finished in 3rd place with a time of 3:39.70. That team consisted of Scroggins, Hudson, Rudich and Waddell.
St. Xavier looks to take the positive momentum into the Coaches Classic on April 6th at Winton Woods High School.