With the conference meet lurking, the Cuyahoga Falls girls track and field team decided to have a little fun in its final dual meet of the season.
"We let the girls pick and choose events they wanted to do," Lady Black Tigers head coach Dan Scourfield said. "It was very relaxed. We scored better than we thought. It was a good day."
As a result of such tactics, Sarah Wyatt decided to give the long jump a try and standout distance runner Kayla Huffman tried her legs in a couple of sprinting events.
Nonetheless, this strategy did not translate into a win for Falls.
The Lady Black Tigers finished 0-7 overall and 0-7 in the Suburban League National Conference after falling to Twinsburg 89-48 May 2 on the road.
Kayla Huffman, Chelsea Huffman and Emily Zimmerman led two Falls' relays to victory lane.
They joined Zoe King on the winning 3,200-meter relay team, which posted a time of 10 minutes, 14.8 seconds.
The Huffman sisters and Zimmerman joined Madi Davis on the winning 1,600 relay team (4:28.6).
Kayla Huffman also captured third in both the 200 and 400 races with times of 29.17 and 1:03.48, respectively.
The Lady Black Tigers took the top two spots in the 100 hurdles.
Wyatt finished first in 17.55 and Emily Longfellow captured second (18.02).
Wyatt added a second (53.63) in the 300 hurdles and Longfellow placed third (53.87).
Wyatt also took third in the long jump with a leap of 13 feet, 7.75 inches.
"Sarah, a junior, hasn't jumped since her freshman year," Scourfield said. "She didn't practice it. She just went out and did it and finished third."
Rachel LaFlame also had a stellar day in the throwing events.
She won the shot put with a throw o 32-3.75 and took second (97-5) in the discus. Holly Williams captured third (30-2) in the shot put and Katie Rozsa placed third (89-5.5) in the discus.
"As a group, the throwers are starting to throw a lot better," Scourfield said. "They have been throwing a lot more consistently."
Kenna Shook finished second with a personal-best leap of 14-2.25 in the long jump.
The Bulldog Invitational in Poland April 29 was not completed due to weather conditions.
"We were having a pretty good day considering the level of competition there was," Scourfield said. "Sarah Wyatt had her best time [17.35] to qualify for finals in the 100 hurdles and De'Vine Shelton had her best time [49.68] to qualify for finals in the 300 hurdles.
"Emily Zimmerman had her best two-mile split in the last two years in the 3,200. Camilla Tombolatto knocked it out of the park in the 3,200 [13:05.14] and Bryn Torok had a pretty good sized PR [personal record] in the discus [97-4]."
Falls was scheduled to compete at the Bulldog Relays May 5 at Olmsted Falls High School. Results were not available at press time.
The Black Tigers are set to compete at the Suburban League Tournament May 9 and 11 at Nordonia High School's Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia. The competition is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. both days.
"We're focused on the conference and the district," Scourfield said. "Six of the eight teams we see in conference will be at districts."