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Young Tiger boys show promise against top foes

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: April 26, 2017 12:00 AM
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The Twinsburg boys track and field team could surprise at any time as the Tigers have some promising young talent under first year head coach Dalanda Jackson.

The young Tigers placed 11th out of 23 schools at the coveted 62nd annual Comet Relays, hosted by Amherst Steele High April 22.

Twinsburg's talented 400-meter relay team was only beaten by one team in Amherst and that was Cleveland St. Ignatius (43.34 seconds). Twinsburg's time was 43.64 seconds.

Making up the 400 relay was senior Sean Silas, sophomore Kaleb East, junior Khalid Thornton, and junior Christian Edgerson.

Silas had a big meet as he captured the individual and the team championships in the long jump. Silas won the crown with a leap of 21-feet, 8.75 inches.

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Joining Silas on the winning team was East, who was 11th (19-3 feet) and Thornton, who was 28th (18-1.75).

Junior Julius Edgerson ran sixth overall in the 300-meter hurdles with a clocking of 42.21 seconds.

"Silas was recognized as the individual top performer in the long jump," said assistant coach Sarah Kmet. "That was a new personal record for Julius."

Sophomore Etaijen Easter finished third overall in the high jump with an effort of 6-0 feet to help Twinsburg score in the event.

Senior Aaron McCarthy just missed scoring in the 1,600-meter race as he was ninth with a strong time of 9:39.18.

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McCarthy also ran in the 6,400-meter relay team, which just missed scoring with a good mark of 19:42.76.

Other Tigers in the 6,400 relay for Twinsburg were junior Alex Dickson, senior Nick Bianco, and junior Tyler Peeden.

Pacing the Tiger throwers were senior Josh Sakian, sophomore Matt Belak, and senior Matt Fetsko.

Distance leader Ryan Adkins will miss the season to injury.

"The boys will be without Ryan, who will unfortunately miss the remainder of the season to injury," said Kmet, the distance coach. "Despite the major loss, the boys are continuing to make strides."

"Bianco, Dickson, and Peeden all went under 5-mninutes for the first time this year."

"Evan Wagner has made big improvements in the 800 (2:11) and McCarthy continues to score points from the 400 to the 1,600 races."

Julius Henderson and Billy Caplice are making strides in the hurdles to support Julius Edgerson.

St. Ignatius won the team title 101-85 over Solon. Other strong programs in the meet were Medina, Strongsville, Berea-Midpark, Ashland, and Brunswick.

In upcoming action, the Tigers will compete at Nordonia April 25 in a league dual before running at the Bulldog Invitational at Poland Seminary April 29.

Twinsburg hosts Cuyahoga Falls in a league battle May 2.

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