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Twinsburg boys run well at Optimist, smoke Falls

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: May 10, 2017 12:00 AM
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With a mix of experienced and young athletes, the Twinsburg boys track team is scoring well in big meets and gained a late-season dual league win against Cuyahoga Falls.

In one of the area's top big meets, the Optimist Invitational hosted by Austintown-Fitch, Twinsburg placed seventh out of a strong and large field of teams.

Head coach Dalanda Jackson likes the progress as the Tigers put up some solid marks in the 37th annual Optimist Meet May 6 at Greenwood Falcon Stadium.

Twinsburg got some balanced scoring in the meet with a host of athletes spreading the wealth.

Sophomore Kaleb East shined as he captured the 200-meter dash championship and also ran a leg in the third-place 400-meter relay.

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"We finished seventh overall in a 30-team field," said assistant coach Sarah Kmet.

"The team's efforts were led by Kaleb, who won the 200 and was part of the 400 relay with Sean Silas, Gilbert Campbell, and Khalid Thornton," added Kmet.

Silas is a senior while Thornton is a junior, plus East and Campbell are sophomores.

Twinsburg's promising 400-meter relay raced to a third with a clocking of 45.12 seconds.

The same quartet ran seventh in and scored in a deep 800-meter relay field. Their time was 1:35.05.

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East captured an impressive title in the 200-meter dash. A sprint title at the Optimist meet looks big on East's resume. East's time was 23.51 seconds.

In the finals, East beat Austintown Fitch sophomore standout Drew Bretsik, who crossed in 23.76 ticks.

Sophomore Etaijen Easter placed fourth in the high jump at 6 feet and senior Omar Perrin was sixth overall with a lift of 5-8 feet.

"We battled very tough weather conditions, said Kmet. "On a day when many teams didn't show or scratched in the finals, our kids showed some real toughness in getting out there, and competing."

Junior Billy Caplice keeps making strides this spring as he ran sixth at the Optimist in the 300-meter hurdles. His time was 43.36 seconds.

Twinsburg's 1,600-meter relay team finished a solid sixth with a time of 3:50.51.

Making up the 1,600 relay was Caplice, sophomore Arty Jindra, East, and senior Aaron McCarthy.

Thornton, a promising junior, ran eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.91 seconds.

Senior Nick Bianco placed 15th overall in the 1,600-meter race. Bianco's time was 4:52.88. Silas ran 13th in the open 400 in 54.98 ticks, and sophomore James Bessett was 12th in the pole vault at 9-0 feet.

Austintown-Fitch won the team title, 100-80 over Wadsworth.

Host Twinsburg posted an impressive league victory -- 79.5-57.5 -- over Cuyahoga Falls in a National Conference Suburban League Dual Meet May 2.

"Alex Dickson ran a brilliant anchor leg to squeak out the win in the 3,200-meter relay," said Kmet.

Twinsburg won in 8:44.9 while Falls crossed at 8:44.95. Joining Dickson on the relay was Tyler Peeden, Evan Wagner, and Bianco.

Perrin won in the pole vault (5-8) while Easter was the long jump winner at 20-2 feet, Bessett captured the pole vault (10-0).

Thornton won the 100 (11.43) while junior Brandon Walker was a winner in the 110 high hurdles (16.88). The 400-meter relay won in 44.50 seconds and the 800 relay won in 1:35.65.

Winning the 200 was East, who was timed at 23.15 seconds while Jindra captured the 300 hurdles in 43.95 seconds. McCarthy was second in the 800 with a time of 2:05.12.

Twinsburg will be looking to score well individually to gain team points in the Suburban League Championships, which are scheduled to conclude May 11 at Nordonia at 4 p.m.

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