It has been the story of the season for the Cuyahoga Falls girls track and field team against the talented Suburban League National Conference.

It was no different April 25, according to Lady Black Tigers head coach Dan Scourfield.

"We took it on the chin," he said.

Falls dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-6 in the National Conference after suffering an 85-52 defeat to North Royalton at the Laybourne Sports Complex.

The Lady Black Tigers also suffered a lopsided 92-45 decision to National Conference archival Stow-Munroe Falls April 20 at Bulldog Stadium.

"The lack of depth is catching up to us," Scourfield said. "We've had a difficult time overcoming the loss of Anna Johnston and Jackie Shields. Jackie is a 17-foot long jumper."

Johnston, a long jumper, recently returned after missing much of the season with a foot injury. Shields is suffering from a lower leg injury and hopes to return to the team by the district competition.

There were some bright spots for Falls in both meets.

Against North Royalton, the Lady Black Tigers swept the shot put.

Rachel LaFlame led the way with a first-place toss of 32 feet, 3.25 inches.

Katie Rosza was next (29-6.5) and Bryn Torok captured third (29-1.75).

Torok won the discus competition with a personal-best toss of 93-8. Holly Williams placed second (91 feet) and LaFlame took third (90-4).

"Bryn had a personal best by 12 and a half feet," Scourfield said.

Kayla Huffman had a stellar meet for Falls.

She won the 1,600-meter race in a time of 5 minutes, 32.3 seconds and joined her younger sister Chelsea Huffman, Zoe King and Emily Zimmerman on the winning 3,200 relay (10:20.5).

Kayla Huffman also joined De'Vine Shelton, Kristica Barnett and Zimmerman on the winning 1,600 relay (season-best 4:20.1).

"Kayla had a really good night," Scourfield said. "She had her best split in the 4x8 and the 4x4. She ran completely uncontested in the 1,600."

Chelsea Huffman took second (1:07.8) in the 400 and Barnett captured third (1:08).

Also taking second for the Lady Black Tigers were Zimmerman in the 800 (2:28.9) and Sarah Wyatt in the 100 hurdles (17.1).

Emily Longfellow captured third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.6 seconds.

"It was a case of just not having enough in the sprinting and the jumping," Scourfield said.

Against Stow, LaFlame won the shot put with a throw of 33-6 and took third (98-6) in the discus.

Katlyn Long captured first (28.72) in the 200 and joined Kenna Shook, Wyatt and Shelton on the winning 800 relay team (1:52.45).

The other win for Falls came from the 3,200 relay of King, Chelsea Huffman, Kayla Huffman and Zimmerman. The quartet posted a time of 10:27.

Placing second for the Lady Black Tigers were Kayla Huffman in the 800 (2:36) and 1,600 (5:42), Chelsea Huffman in the 400 (1:07.25) and Wyatt in the 200 (29.19).

"They ran well against Stow," Scourfield said. "We knew it was going to be a tough one. We're doing OK in the field events. The girls have started to throw really well as a group.

"The girls are working hard. They are doing everything they can."

Falls was scheduled to compete at the Bulldog Invitational April 29 at Poland Seminary High School. Results were not available at press time.

The Lady Black Tigers are set to visit National Conference foe Twinsburg May 2 at 4 p.m.

They are scheduled to compete at the Bulldog Relays May 5 in Olmsted Falls. The competition is set to begin at 4 p.m.


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