Because of spring break, the Stow-Munroe Falls girls track and field team was missing quite a few regular point scorers in their season opener last week.

However, the Lady Bulldogs made some creative adjustments to their lineup.

Those adjustments paid off, as Stow edged Suburban League National Division foe Wadsworth by the score of 70-67 March 29 at Bulldog Stadium.

"We were on spring break and Wadsworth wasn't, so I knew it was going to be a tight meet all the way to the end," said Stow head coach Aaron Morris. "We were missing several of our key point scorers. However, we had a lot of girls stay in town just to compete in this meet."

Kayla Thompson and Sara Kasper led the way for Stow. They both finished first in two individual events.

Thompson claimed victory in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet-10 and the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.31 seconds.

Kasper, meanwhile, captured the 100 high hurdles with a time of 16.64 and the pole vault with a height of 9 feet.

Kasper and Thompson were also members of Stow's victorious 800-meter relay team, with Thompson running the anchor leg of the relay. That unit finished in first place with a time of 1:54.44. The other members of the squad were Ariana Poteat and Veronica Anokhin.

Two other Lady Bulldogs notched victories in individual events. They were Tatum Bradley in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 52.75 and Sophi Perez in the 3,200 with an effort of 12:27.56.

Stow narrowly lost the final event of the meet, the 1,600 relay. Wadsworth prevailed with a time of 4:36.27. The Lady Bulldogs' time in that event was 4:36.34.

"That event was decided within a tenth of a second," said Morris. "We didn't come out on the top end of that race, but fortunately we had the meet already wrapped up by then by sweeping the 3200."

Perez won the 3200 for Stow, while teammates Tessa Pitcovich was second in 12:37.27 and Kayla Valente was third in 12:55.0. That gave the Lady Bulldogs enough points to win, regardless of the outcome of the 1,600 relay.

Overall, Morris was pleased with his team's performance. The Lady Bulldogs did just enough to emerge victorious with a depleted lineup.

"We had a very creative lineup, with many athletes filling events that they do not normally compete in due to some of the absences we had because of spring break," said Morris. "The girls did exactly what I had hoped they would do with the lineup we presented, and it turned out to be enough in the end."

Stow will next host Nordonia April 4 at 4 p.m.


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