It's always good to win your season opening meet and the Twinsburg girls track and field squad opened the season on the winning side.

Twinsburg posted an impressive 77-59 win over host North Royalton in a brisk Suburban League National Conference dual meet opener March 28.

North Royalton had some strengths and shut out the young Lady Tigers in the jumps, pole vault, and in the 100-meter hurdles.

However, the Lady Tigers had too much depth -- something first year head coach Sarah Kmet likes about her club this spring.

Twinsburg scored well in the shot put as junior Kelsey Dunn won with a toss of 32-feet, 8.5 inches. Gill finished second with an effort of 30-7.5 feet.

In addition, Dunn placed first in the discus with a throw of 121-6 feet. Last year, Dunn was a regional qualifier in the event.

Kmet was happy to see a sweep in the 1,600-meter race and the 3,200 as well

In the 1,600, the locals were led by freshman Alyssa Deeds (5:31), sophomore Angela DeFabio (5:50), and senior Kayley Irwin (6:00).

While Deeds shined in her varsity debut, the Tigers also got some positive results from more returning runners as well.

Senior Morgan Kelley crossed first in the 3,200 with an 11:40.0, edging junior Emily O'Connor 11:44.0. Sophomore Makenzie Hartman ran third at 12:04.0.

"The girls swept both the 1,600 and 3,200 events and Alyssa Deeds' solo effort in the 1,600 was particularly impressive," said Kmet.

"Morgan and Emily dropped PR's (personal records) the first meet of the year," Kmet added.

Sophomore Nia Robinson captured the 400 race with a strong time of 1:02.21. junior Camari Griffin ran second at 1:05.32.

Junior Rocki Jones and sophomore Nya Bussey ran 1-2 in the 100-meter dash with times of 12.41 seconds and 12.81 ticks, respectively. Bussey won the 200 in 26.76 ticks.

The Lady Tigers' 3,200-meter relay team won in 10:24.98, the 400-meter relay won in 53.51 seconds, while the 800-relay's winning time showed 1:49.87.

"Makenzie Hartman ran a great leg on the 3,200 relay to put us back in the race and the eventual win," said Kmet.

Julia Henderson, a sophomore, crossed second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 53.58 seconds as North Royalton's Kayla O'Donnell won (52.48). O'Donnell is one of the most versatile athletes in the league.

In the high jump, newcomers Trisha Singh and Kate Karlson made an impression for Twinsburg high jump and pole vault coach Chuck Glover.

"Trisha and Kate looked strong in their varsity debut and I am expecting big things from them this year along with Julia (Henderson)," said Glover.

Twinsburg runs at the Kenston Bomber Invitational April 7 before hosting a league meet April 11 against Stow-Munroe Falls.

The Tigers run at the Willoughby South Invitational April 13.


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