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Twinsburg girls pull out solid win at Brecksville

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: April 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Scoring from a variety of events led to a strong league victory by the Twinsburg girls track and field team.

Twinsburg won 70-58 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights April 4 to move to 2-0 in the Suburban League National Conference dual portion of the campaign.

That was prior to the April 11 meet against Stow-Munroe Falls (results were not available at press time).

The Tigers run at the Willoughby South Invitational April 13.

Head coach Sarah Kmet had a lot of things to be pleased about with the Tigers, but Twinsburg did dominate in the distance and middle distance races.

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"Our distance ladies scored 31 of a possible 32 point in the distance events," said Kmet.

"The ladies in the 3,200-meter race clinched the win for us by going 1-2 (claiming eight points) -- Kayley Irwin and Angela DeFabio had great season openers in the open 3,200 meters."

Kmet also liked what she saw in the sprints.

Junior Rocki Jones won the 100-meter dash in 13.1 seconds and won the 200 with a time of 27.8 seconds.

"Rocki and (sophomore standout) Nya Bussey came back this week with repeat first and second-place finishes in the 100-meters, respectively," said assistant coach Dalanda Jackson.

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Senior Morgan Kelley won the 1,600-meter race with a time of 5 minutes, 29.3 seconds.

In a tight race, Kelley won the open 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 33.6 seconds, edging junior Emily O'Connor, who had a 2:34.3, and freshman Alyssa Deeds, who crossed in 2:35.5.

Irwin, another veteran senior, captured the 3,200 race with a time of 12:35.6. She beat her sophomore teammate DeFabio, who crossed in 12:46.

Junior Kelsey Dunn won the throws as she tossed the shot put 35 feet, 7.5 inches and the discus 105-feet=2.

"Kelsey led the throws, taking first in the shot put and discus and Tayler (Gill) finished third in the shot put," said Jackson. Gill is a senior.

Winning a tight 400-meter dash was sophomore Nia Robinson, who edged junior teammate Griffin. Robinson posted a time of 62.1 seconds and Griffin was at 62.3 ticks.

"Nia Robinson and Camari Griffin clinched repeat first and second-place finishes in the 400 race this week as well," said Jackson.

Junior Lauren Johnston won the long jump with an effort of 14-6 feet while O'Connor ran second in the 1,600 race with a time of 5:30.5.

"Kelley, O'Connor, and freshman Rebecca Mold went 1-2-3 in the 1,600 in outstanding races, and a new PR (personal record) for Emily," said Kmet. "Kelley, O'Connor, and Deeds went 1-2-3 in the 800."

The 3,200-meter relay won in 10:24.4 while the 400 relay won in 51.0 seconds.

"The 4x800 ran a gutsy race coming from behind to win as Angela (DeFabio) closed the gap, Irwin had a monster third leg to put us in the lead for good, and Mold anchored with a fearless leg, opening the race up in the last lap," Kmet explained.

Bussey raced to a second in the 100 in 13.2 seconds.

In the high jump, sophomore Alyssa Kleinman took second at 4-6 feet, and freshman Trisha Singh was third at 4-6.

"Pole vault was canceled due to high winds," said assistant coach Chuck Glover. "Alyssa took second and Trisha third in the high jump, both at 4-6."

Jackson had praise for the runners in the Tigers young 400 relay -- sophomore Brionna McDonald, Bussey, freshman Mya Harvey, and Jones.

"They ran a strong 400 relay, improving their time from last week and running away with a victory," said Kmet.

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