Sean Ambrose was the Tallmadge boys track and field team's highest finisher on the first day of the Suburban League American Conference Championships May 9 at Nordonia High School's Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.

Ambrose finished third in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet.

"Sean was coming off a hip injury, so we were very pleased with how he did," Blue Devils head coach Mike Srodawa said.

At the close of the day, Tallmadge was in fifth place overall with 13 points. The competition was scheduled to conclude May 11. Results were not available at press time.

On May 4, the host Blue Devils tied Akron Coventry for second place with 82 points at the T-Con Relays at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium. Kent Roosevelt won the five-team competition with 84 points.

At the Suburban League Championships, the 3,200-meter relay team of Zach Brown, Vince Labosky, Ryan Riter and Jordan Sapper finished fourth with a time of 8 minutes, 43.92 seconds. Sapper filled in for John Labosky, who did not run due to an ankle injury.

"They ran well," Srodawa said. "They ran hard. They've been consistent all season."

Matt Kieke placed seventh in the discus with a personal-best throw of 125 feet, 6 inches.

"Things are starting to come around for Matt," Srodawa said. "He's really coming into his own."

Sophomore Lucca Passarelli qualified for the finals in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

Srodawa was pleased with his team's performance at the T-Con Relays.

"We're growing every single meet," he said.

Passarelli anchored both the winning 1,200 relay and the winning 440 shuttle hurdle relay.

The 1,200 relay, which also included Dan Hepler, Jacob Breiding and Vince Labosky, had a time of 2:47.98.

The 440 shuttle hurdle relay, which also included Breiding, Eddie Ahuoajee and Ryan Kaufman, had a clocking of 1:11.41.

"Lucca ran down people," Srodawa said. "It was pretty impressive."

Finishing first in the distance medley relay with a time of 11:29.42 was the team of Riter, Brown, Vince Labosky and Alex Vaughan.

Also finishing first was Riter in the 3,200 with a time of 10:04. Brown took third (10:19).

The 1,600 relay team of Vince Labosky, Vaughan, Hepler and John Labosky placed third with a time of 3:46.

Brown, Vince Labosky, John Labosky and Riter combined to finish third in the 3,200 relay, clocking in at 9:29.84.

The 800 sprint medley relay team (no names available) also finished third with a time of 1:47.46.

The 400 relay team of senior Vinnie Sgro, Rodney Tucker, Passarelli and Nick Hussing placed fourth with a time of 47.69.

Also placing fourth was the 800 relay team of Richard Quintrell, senior Hunter Sally, Ricky Clark and Sgro with a time of 1:41.73.

The high-jump relay consisted of Passarelli (tied for first, 6 feet), Mitch Pflugh (5-4) and Sgro (5 feet). They finished second with a height of 16-4.

The long-jump relay consisted of Passarelli (16-4), Jake Davis (16-1) and Breiding (15-9.5). They finished fourth with a distance of 48-2.5.

The shot-put relay consisted of Kieke (44-11), Blake Bockus (44-7) and Seth Baker (39-1). They won with a total distance of 128-7.

The discus relay consisted of Kieke (114 feet), senior Logan George (101-10) and Bockus (96-6.5) for a total distance of 312-65.

Brennan Heavlin won the 402 wheelchair (2:03.63), 102 wheelchair (32.6) and weight throw wheelchair (13-8.5).

Tallmadge is scheduled to compete in a Division I district meet May 17 and 18 at Austintown-Fitch High School. The field events are set to begin at 5 p.m. and the running events are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. both days.


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