A young and talented Twinsburg girls track team is looking to get better as the regular season winds down.
Head coach Sarah Kmet saw only a portion of her athletes compete at the 22nd annual Bulldog Invitational April 29 hosted by Poland Seminary High. The meet was cancelled due to lightning and inclement weather.
"We got a few preliminaries in and the 3,200-meter race, but that was it," said Kmet.
The Tigers also had several outstanding performances in a tough league loss (74-64) on the road at Nordonia April 25.
It was a loss that came down to the final event -- the 1,600-meter relay as Nordonia crossed first.
In Poland, junior Rocki Jones had a strong race in the preliminary heat while two Tigers placed in the open 3,200-meter race, which was completed.
Freshman Alyssa Deeds ran fifth in the 3,200 with a time of 11 minutes, 28.99 seconds.
Running right behind Deeds was Twinsburg veteran senior Morgan Kelley, who notched a time of 11:35.13 in placing sixth at Poland.
Junior Kelsey Dunn placed sixth in the discus with a toss of 121-feet, and 3.0 inches.
Jones was timed at 12.34 seconds in winning the prelims in the 100-meter dash. Sophomore Nya Bussey was fifth at 26.39 ticks.
Sophomore Nia Robinson won the 400-meter prelims in 59.41 seconds and junior teammate Camari Griffin was fourth at 1:02.26.
In the loss at Nordonia, Robinson had a huge 400 race against Nordonia all-star Faith Banks.
"Nia had a big PR (personal record) for 57.55 seconds," noted Kmet. "She gave Nordonia All-Ohioan Faith Banks all she could handle."
"Several girls had season and personal bests, but it wasn't quite enough to get the overall team win."
Despite being edged out, the Tiger's 1,600-meter relay team did post a strong time of 4:00. The relay included Mariah Myles, Julia Henderson, Griffin, and Robinson.
"Even though they lost, the 4x4 ran an impressive time that sets them up well for the (Division I) district meet," added Kmet.
Prepping for the league meet and the post season, the Lady Tigers will compete at the Optimist Invitational at Austintown Fitch High May 6.
The Suburban League Championships are May 11 at Nordonia at 4 p.m. Twinsburg was set to host Cuyahoga Falls in a league meet May 2, but results weren't available as of press time.
Another big win at Nordonia came in the 3,200 relay, which was timed at 10:02 with Angela DeFabio, Rebecca Mold, Kayley Irwin, and Emily O'Connor.
The Tiger's 800-meter relay also won and registered a spring-best time of 1:44.65. this cast included Griffin, Myles, Robinson, and Bussey.
In the 100, Jones and Bussey went 1-2 with times of 12.78 seconds and 12.81 ticks, respectively.
Kelley looked strong in winning the open 1,600 race in 5:23.74 while Deeds ran second at 5:25.49.