If he had one of his main horses in the stable, the Cuyahoga Falls boys track and field team may have gotten a different colored medal.
Unfortunately, since sprinter/jumper Jordan Williams was injured, the Black Tigers settled for the bronze.
The Black Tigers finished third at the seven-team Rough Rider Invitational last Friday at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent.
Falls finished with 116 points. Green won with 154 points and Roosevelt took second with 130 points.
"We ran really well at Kent," Black Tigers head coach Dieter Keller said. "We had a good shot at second. Jordan had a sore back. We had to pull him out of key events.
"He’s our strongest jumper. I think if Jordan would have competed, that would have put us second instead of third."
Host Falls also dropped to 0-2 in the Suburban League National Conference after losing to powerful Wadsworth 115-22 Tuesday at the Laybourne Sports Complex.
At Kent, the Black Tigers’ 3,200-meter relay team of Matt Hammonds, Anthony Nichols, Jay Wilson and Bronson Luksza won in 8:48.31.
Luksza and Hammonds captured the first two spots in the 800 with times of 2:06.41 and 2:11.25, respectively.
Nichols and Wilson finished one-two in the 3,200. Nichols reached the finish line in 10:40.39 and Wilson crossed in 10:52.79.
Jack Wilcoxson took first in the 1,600 in 4:51.3. Dylon Campbell won the 400 in 54.83 seconds.
"The distance just killed it," Keller said. "They rose above the conditions and ran really well. Jay had a really good day at Rough Rider."
Others who finished in the top eight for Falls are as follows:
• 110 hurdles: Rob Graves, seventh, 18.19
• 200: Dylon Campbell, fourth, 24.13
• 800 relay: Dylon Campbell, Isaiah Campbell, Tony Sondles and Jordan Williams, fourth, 1:39.47
• 1,600: Andrew Kuntz, fourth, 5:05.36
• 300 hurdles: Jacob Carlton, eighth, 48.51
• 1,600 relay: Sondles, Isaiah Campbell, Daizhaun Brazile and Luksza, third, 3:51.8
• High jump: Erik Rosiak, third, 5-4
• Long jump: Rosiak, sixth, 15-8.25
• Discus: Ryan Freeman, second, 120-5
• Shot put: Freeman, seventh, 37-5.25; and Evan Reid, eighth, 36-4
Against the Grizzlies, Freeman won the discus with a throw of 136-7 and Luksza placed first in the 800 in 2:05.
"Bronson is running really well after a slow start," Keller said.
Rosiak took second in the long jump with a leap of 18-1, which was an encouraging sight for Keller.
"Erik had a slow start due to the weather," Keller said. "It’s hard to get a good jump when it’s cold. He usually jumps 20 feet. He is starting to get back on track."
Wilson took second in the 800 in 2:11 and third in the high jump (5-4).
"Jay should be jumping higher next week," Keller said. "He has become a very strong runner. It’s hard for a jumper to also run distance."
Keller was particularly impressed with Wilcoxson, who took third in the 1,600 with a clocking of 4:36.
"The most impressive race was the mile," Keller said. "Jack was with (Wadsworth’s Christian) Szalay in the last 300 meters. Jack showed how strong he was."
The Black Tigers are scheduled to compete at the Big Ox Invitational this Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville. The invitational is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Falls is scheduled to visit Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia to face conference foes Nordonia, Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Hudson April 21 at 11 a.m.
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