Vanessa Lane was the Tallmadge girls track and field team's only first-place finisher on the first day of the Suburban League American Conference Championships May 9 at Nordonia High School's Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.

Lane, a senior, won the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 2 inches, defeating Aurora's Leah Angelo and Highland's Jenna Saunders on misses. Amela Masic placed eighth (4-6).

"Vanessa did really well," Lady Blue Devils head coach Mike Srodawa said. "She worked hard for this. She has been consistent all year.

"For Amela's first year on the team, she has done really well."

At the close of the day, Tallmadge was in third place overall with 16 points. The competition was scheduled to concluded May 11. Final results were not available at press time.

On May 4, the host Lady Blue Devils finished in first place with 108 points at the five-team T-Con Relays at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium. Field placed second with 82 points and Kent Roosevelt took third with 68 points in the five-team event.

In the Suburban League Championships, the 3,200-meter relay team of Claire Cate, Morgan Moses, Chloe Heestand and Ravyn Edge finished fifth with a time of 10 minutes, 54 seconds.

"It was an impressive performance, especially for Ravyn," Srodawa said. "She had a really, really good leg. Her split was 2:26, which is a season best for her."

Lauren Bradshaw finished eighth in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 30-9.

"Lauren has been flirting with 30 feet for about the last three weeks and she finally got it, so I'm pretty happy with that," Srodawa said. "She is definitely making strides."

Qualifying for the finals were junior Sara Johnson in the 100 and 200; senior Alexis Malish in the 100; senior Brittney Harris in the 100 hurdles and junior Madison Tasich in the 300 hurdles.

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

"Since we competed against Roosevelt, Field and Ravenna earlier in the season, I pretty much knew where we stood," he said. "I felt pretty confident that we'd finish in at least the top two."

The 400 relay team of Tasich, Malish, Johnson and Harris finished first with a time of 51.76.

"The fact that they've consistently been in the low 51s all season is fantastic," Srodawa said.

Jessica Gardella, Ashley Lane, Masic and Bradshaw won the 412 weight relay with a time of 2:00.

Jill Catalano, Malish, junior Karaniah Rolli and Johnson won the 800 relay with a clocking of 1:51.86.

The 1,200 relay team of Harris, Tasich, Vanessa Lane and Rolli finished first with a time of 3:21.

The 400 shuttle hurdle relay team of Amelia Perdue, Vanessa Lane, Harris and Tasich won with a time of 1:09.78.

Edge, Rolli, Moses and junior Evelyn Passarelli teamed to finish second in the 1,600 relay, clocking in at 4:34.04.

Also placing second with a time of 14:36.13 was the distance medley relay team of Cate, Mabinty Kromah, Edge and Moses.

Cate finished fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 13:55. Ashleigh Hughes was sixth (16:08).

The high-jump relay team consisted of Vanessa Lane (first overall, 4-10), Masic (4-2) and Kromah (4 feet). They finished second with a height of 13 feet.

The pole-vault relay team consisted of Catalano (6-6), Rolli (6-6) and Passarelli (6 feet). They finished second with a height of 19 feet.

The long-jump relay team consisted of Johnson (first, 15-4.5), Catalano (second, 15-3.5) and senior Hannah Salter (13-7.5). They finished first with a distance of 44-3.5.

The shot-put relay team consisted of Bradshaw (29-9.5), Masic (29-1.5) and Gardella (27-9). They finished second with a distance of 86-8.

The discus relay team consisted of Ashley Lane (81-3), Gardella (77-6) and Hallie Turney (73-10). They finished second with a distance of 232-7.

Tallmadge is scheduled to compete in the Division I District Tournament 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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