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Tiger girls take second in Suburban League

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: May 17, 2017 12:00 AM
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Twinsburg's girls track team is looking to make some noise this post season.

Head coach Sarah Kmet saw her troops pace garner runner-up honors to the powerful host school Nordonia.

Host Nordonia won the team crown at the Suburban League Championships in the National Conference by outscoring Twinsburg 158-125.

The Lady Tigers finished well ahead of third-place Stow-Munroe Falls (83), Brecksville (79), Wadsworth (78), and Hudson (78) in a tight race May 9 and 11 at Nordonia.

Three individual titles were won by Twinsburg in the league meet, along with three crowns in the relays. All four relays scored big for the Tigers.

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The Tigers should be a threat in the upcoming Division I district meet set for May 17 and 19 at Nordonia. The top four in each event advance to the Austintown Fitch Regionals the following week.

Competing in a strong district loaded with quality teams and talented individuals, Twinsburg will have to fight for position to score.

Other schools at the Nordonia District are Bedford, Brecksville, Falls, Akron Firestone, Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, Hudson, Cleveland John Adams, Cleveland JFK, Cleveland John Hay, Nordonia, North Akron, Shaker Heights, Stow, Hunting Valley University School, and Walsh Jesuit.

Nordonia won its fifth consecutive league championship by capturing the National Conference crown.

Kelsey Dunn won an individual championship for Twinsburg in the discus throw with a toss of 125 feet, 3 inches.

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Personal and season records were posted often as Nya Bussey captured the 100-meter dash championship by beating Nordonia all-star Faith Banks, who won the 200 and 400 races.

In the 100, Bussey was timed at 12.21 seconds to edge Banks, who crossed in 12.27 ticks.

Alyssa Deeds had a sensational meet as she registered PR (personal record) of 11 minutes, 12.21 seconds to capture the title in the 3,200-meter race in the finals.

Deeds beat standout teammate Emily O'Connor, who ran second in the race at 11:33.68.

The Tiger's young and talented 1,600-meter relay team put up a superb personal record time of 3:58 with the running of Mariah Myles, Julia Henderson, Camari Griffin, and Nia Robinson.

In the finals of the 400 race, Robinson had a great, which was outshined by Banks breaking a meet record with a time of 55.89 seconds.

Robinson was clocked at 57.40 seconds, which was her best. Banks holds the stadium record of 55.64 back in 2016.

Senior Morgan Kelley had an impressive race in the 1,600-meter open as he ran second overall with a strong clocking of 5:18.86.

Twinsburg's 800 relay won a league crown in 1:42.93 while the 400 relay won in 50.74 seconds.

Making up the 800 relay was Alyssa Willis, Myles, Robinson and Bussey.

The 400-meter crew had Briona McDonald, Willis, Mya Harvey and Bussey. who also ran third in the 200-meter dash with a 25.35.

Comprising the third-place 3,200-meter relay was Kelley, Angela DeFabio, Deeds, and O'Connor. Their time was impressive at 9:45.32.

Gillian McKenna also had a strong league meet debut with a 5:25.84 time in the 1,600-meter race. She was fourth.

Dunn was fourth in the shot put with a heave of 34-feet-6.

Willis showed up well in the open sprints as she ran fifth in the 100 in 12.96 seconds and was sixth in the 200 at 26.71 seconds. Myles also ran fifth in the open 400 with a time of 1:00.32.

Senior Tayler Gill finished sixth overall in the shot put with a strong throw of 33-03.75 feet. Lauren Johnston was sixth in the long jump at 15-1.25 feet.

Trisha Singh performed well by scoring for Twinsburg win the high jump with an effort of 4-8 feet.

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