April 29th, 2014

St. Catharine's Chris Johnson wins conference title

Justin Farr

St. Catharine's Chris Johnson wins conference title
Chris Johnson won the long jump / photo by Justin Farr

When Head Coach Blake Jones took over the St. Catharine College Track and Field program four 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,” Jones said. “Their effort is the reason that we have been able to have quick success.”

Coach Jones’ Patriots prevailed at the Mid-South Conference Tournament when Chris Johnson took the first place position in the men’s long jump with a 7.08 meter mark.

“Chris had an excellent jump,” Jones said. “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, the reigning 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 had a standout performance in the women’s heptathlon.  Just 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 her to nail down a third place finish.

Following close behind in fourth and ninth was Michelle Dunaway and Samantha Osborn. That enabled the Patriots to stay in the top five.

In the javelin event Lindsey Vinson and Brooke Gee paced the Patriots with two top five finishes. 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 mark. The effort scored the Pats nine points and propelled them to a seventh place finish.

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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