The Nordonia Division I district track and field meet features plenty of talented teams.
But it's not nearly as strong as the Suburban League National Conference, according to one coach.
"The conference is strong," Cuuyahoga Falls head coach Dieter Keller said. "We performed better at districts than we did at the league meet."
Well, the Black Tigers did on the first day at least.
The Black Tigers were in 10th place with four points after the first day of the Nordonia Division I district meet May 17 at Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.
The district competition was scheduled to conclude May 19. Results were not available at press time.
"I thought we did well," Keller said. "The guys that we expected to make finals did make finals."
The top four athletes in each event and top four relay teams qualified for the regional competition, which is scheduled for May 24 and 26 at Austintown-Fitch High School.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Jack Wilcoxson, Jay Wilson, Kyle Wilson and Bronson Luksza just missed a trip to regionals, finishing fifth in a time of 8 minutes, 27.53 seconds.
Qualifying for finals for Falls were Jacob Strausser in the 400 and Ryan Freeman in the discus. Freeman just missed scoring after placing ninth with a throw of 118 feet.
"Jake looked good," Keller said. "He looked better than he has all season. It's a fast 400. It's faster than last year. You have more guys in that 50- to 51-second range."
The Black Tigers placed eighth with 49 points in the eight-team National Conference of the Suburban League Championships, which concluded May 11 at Nordonia High School's Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.
Wadsworth won the competition with 144 points and Nordonia (112) and Brecksville-Broadview Heights (81) finished second and third, respectively.
"It has to be one of the toughest leagues in Northeast Ohio," Keller said. "At districts, instead of facing a team like Wadsworth, they brought in some Cleveland and schools. We can be more competitive at districts in the future."
Eric Rosiak led the way with a third-place leap of 20-4.5 in the long jump.
Strausser finished fourth in the 400 with a time of 51.33 seconds. He also placed fifth (23.05) in the 200.
Strausser joined Noah Dunaj, Kenneth Pamer and Dylon Campbell on the fourth-place 800 relay team (1:34.33).
Luksza captured fourth (4:26.48) in the 1,600 and fifth (2:02.42) in the 800. Wilcoxson finished fifth (4:31.14) in the 1,600.
Luksza and Wilcoxson joined Jay Wilson and Kyle Wilson on the fourth-place 3,200 relay team (8:21.98).
"Jack has a super bright future," Keller said. "He has had one of the best freshman seasons I've ever seen. If Bronson doesn't get out of regionals this year, he will next year."
Jay Wilson added a fifth place in the high jump (5-6).
Taking sixth for the Black Tigers was Anthony Nichols, who a ran a time of 9:56.66 in the 3,200 and the 1,600 relay team of Dunaj, Campbell, Tony Sondles and Tyler Gibson (3:35.72).
"Anthony holds one of the fastest freshman times in the state in the 3,200," Keller said. "His goal was under 10 minutes. He's another one who has had a great freshman year. His future is bright."
The 400 relay team of Dunaj, Scott Smith, Pamer and Jordan Williams placed eighth (46.74).
Also finishing eighth for Falls was Rosiak in the high jump (5-6), who missed out on fifth, sixth and seventh place, respectively, due to misses.
While it has been struggle against a very competitive conference this season, Keller is excited about the future.
"They ran hard," Keller said. "We scored more points at the league than we did in previous years. Our distance team scored the most points of any of our events this year. In the next couple of years, we hope to keep climbing."