The Tallmadge boys track and field team earned its first dual meet win of the season April 18 by a 74-54 score at Suburban League American Conference rival Barberton.

It was a true team effort, according to Blue Devils head coach Mike Srodawa.

"Our distance runners, especially Ryan Riter, pulled a lot of weight," he said. "Ryan continues to do what he has been doing all season, running very well. He's a hardworking kid.

"The middle distance kids like Dan Hepler, Alex Vaughan and Hunter Sally definitely helped and our throwers, Blake Bockus and Matt Kieke, did well."

On April 13, Tallmadge finished third out of eight teams at the Aurora Greenmen Invitational at Veterans Stadium.

In the win over the Magics, Riter, a junior, won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 41 seconds. Sophomore Zach Brown finished second (4:51) and junior Vince Labosky was third (5:00).

Riter also won the 3,200 with a time of 11:04. Brown placed second (11:12) and his classmate,e Alex Krukemeyer, took third (11:33).

Riter, Brown and Labosky joined sophomore Garrett Ansley to win the 3,200 relay, clocking in at 8:44.

Labosky also won the 800 with a time of 2:09, while his twin brother John Labosky placed third (2:24).

Sophomore Lucca Passarelli finished first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16 seconds. Senior Jacob Brieding and sophomore Ryan Kaufman tied for third (20 seconds).

Passarelli also won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 10 inches. Mitch Pflugh took third (5-4).

Passarelli, Hepler, a senior, and Vaughan combined with sophomore Nick Hussing to win the 1,600 relay, clocking in at 3:48.

Kieke, a junior, won both the shot put with a throw of 44-.5 and the discus with a toss of 115-10.

Vaughan finished second in the 400 with a time of 57.1. Hepler was third (58.2).

Sally, a senior, was runner-up in the 200 with a time of 24.8.

Hussing placed second in the long jump with a leap of 18-6.

Hussing finished third in the 100 with a time of 11.8 and Brieding took third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.9.

At the Aurora meet, Tallmadge totaled 84.5 points. Highland won the competition with 112 points and Aurora placed second with 101 points.

"I was very pleased with how the guys performed," Srodawa said. "We doubled up in some events."

Passarelli had quite a day.

He won the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.64 and the high jump with a leap of 6 feet. He also finished second (41.66) in the 300 hurdles.

Bockus, a junior, won the shot put with a toss of 45-2.

Ansley finished first in the pole vault with a jump of 10-6.

Ansley, Brown, Vince Labosky and Riter combined to place second in the 3,200 relay with a time of 8:39.76.

Vince Labosky was third in the 1,600, clocking in at 4:47.4.

Riter won the 3,200 with a time of 10:15.85. Brown took fourth (10:44.37).

Hussing won the 100 with a time of 11.69.

Placing fourth in the shot put was Kieke with a throw of 44-5.

Sally, Vince Labosky and Hussing combined with sophomore Sean Ambrose to finish fourth in the 1,600 relay, clocking in at 3:48.

Senior Vincent Sgro was sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5-2.

Sgro, Ambrose, Passarelli and Hussing took sixth in the 400 relay with a time of 47.6.

Finishing sixth in the pole vault was Lawrence Strebler with a vault of 8 feet.

The Blue Devils were scheduled to take both a 1-2 overall record and 1-2 American Conference mark into a home meet April 20 against conference rival Highland. Results were not available at press time.

Tallmadge is set to host conference foe Revere April 25 at 4 p.m. On April 28, the Blue Devils are set to compete in the Buckeye Relays at Buckeye High School in Medina at 3:30 p.m.


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