The season got under way for the Twinsburg High boys track and field team and a busy early season schedule was highlighted by a victory to open the season.
Coached by first-year mentor Dalanda Jackson, Twinsburg won 71-66 over host North Royalton in a chilly Suburban League National Conference dual meet opener March 28 to kick off the season.
Jackson was excited to open with a win and is looking forward to getting a young squad plenty of more work.
Twinsburg runs at the Kenston Bomber Invitational April 7 before hosting a league meet April 11 against Stow-Munroe Falls. Results of the league meet at Brecksville-Broadview Heights April 4 weren't available as of press time.
A busy stretch also has the Tigers compete at the Willoughby South Invitational April 13.
Junior Christian Edgerson won the long jump 23 feet for the Tigers, and also captured the 100-meter dash in 11.23 seconds, and the 200 race.
In the 200 dash, Edgerson nipped junior teammate Khalid Thornton with a time of 23.5 seconds. Thornton had an impressive race of 23.62 seconds.
"We will tinker with our line-ups before May rolls around, but I expect the boys to send representatives to Columbus," said assistant coach Sarah Kmet, alluding to the state championships.
Sophomore Brad Yates won the pole vault with an effort of 11-feet, 6 inches. He continues to develop.
"Brad picked up where he left off last year with a strong vault," said pole vault and jumps coach Chuck Glover.
Another gifted sophomore returnee -- Ryan Adkins -- captured the 3,200-meter race over the Bears with a clocking of 10 minutes, 17.04 seconds.
Senior Aaron McCarthy is also back and he was victorious in the 800-meter race with a solid time of 2:12.5.
Nick Bianco, a senior, won the 1,600-meter race, but a final time wasn't available as of press time.
"Aaron [McCarthy] looked good in winning the 800 and Nick (Bianco) led wire-to-wire to win the 1,600," said Kmet. "Adkins dominated the field by a minute to win the 3,200."
While North Royalton dominated the throwing events, Twinsburg showed improvement.
First-year sophomore Etaijen Easter won the high jump competition for the Tigers with an effort of 5 feet, 8 inches.
"E.T. (Etaijen Easter) took first in the high jump, took third in the open 400 race, and ran a very strong leg on the 1,600-meter relay," said Glover, who was also pleased with James Bessett claiming second place in the high jump.
Twinsburg won the 3,200-meter relay in 8:59.96 and the 400 relay with a time of 45.87 seconds.
"Evan Wagner nearly matched his PR (personal record) enroute to helping the 3,200 relay to victory," said Kmet.
According to the Tiger staff, veteran senior Omar Perrin will be back in action this week.