If the meet came down to just running events, the Cuyahoga Falls girls track and field team certainly would have held its own against Wadsworth.
Unfortunately for the Lay Black Tigers, they were no match for the Grizzlies in the field events.
Host Falls fell to 0-2 in the Suburban League National Conference after losing to Wadsworth 89.5-48.5 Tuesday at the Laybourne Sports Complex.
The Lady Grizzlies swept the Lady Black Tigers in the shot put and took the top two spots in the discus and pole vault. All told, Wadsworth captured first in four of the five field events.
"We took it on the chin in the field events," Falls head coach Dan Scourfield said. "That put us behind the eight-ball right away. We struggled with the throws and our vault is not up to speed yet."
Fortunately, all was not lost for the Lady Black Tigers in the field events.
Jackie Shields won the long-jump title with a leap of 15 feet, 6.25 inches. Maddie Davis took second (4-10) in the high jump and Brynn Torok (94-2.75) and Kristica Barnett (4-8) placed third in the discus and pole-vault competitions, respectively.
"The jumpers did OK," Scourfield said. "Our high jumpers jumped better than they have all year. Wadsworth is a strong program."
Falls won six running events.
Leading the way was distance standout Kayla Huffman, who captured first in the 800 (2:27.7) and 1,600 races (5:27).
"Kayla continues to run better than I’ve ever seen her run," Scourfield said. "She is running with confidence and is running intelligent races. She is getting faster and faster."
Emma Brustoski also won two running events for the Lady Black Tigers.
She crossed the finish line first in the 200 (27.9) and 400 (1:03) races.
Falls’ sprinters Grace Lowe and De’Vine Shelton excelled, too
Lowe won the 100 in 13.4 seconds and Shelton took first in the 300 hurdles in 50.1 seconds.
"Emma continues to figure it out and that makes her tougher and tougher to beat," Scourfield said. "De’Vine is starting to round into shape.
"We have a nice group of young sprinters and when you add Jackie and De’Vine, you have a nice mixture of veteran presence and freshmen exuberance."
Sarah Wyatt finished second in the 100 hurdles with a clocking of 18.6 seconds. Also placing third for Falls were Jenai Blake (13.5) in the 100 hurdles, Zoe King (6:09) in the 1,600, Emily Longfellow (54.1) in the 300 hurdles and Meredith Gallagher (personal-best 12:35) in the 3,200.
"Meredith ran another really good 3,200," Scourfield said. "She is another one who runs very intelligently. The score doesn’t reflect it, but we competed really well."
The Lady Black Tigers won the seven-team Rough Rider Invitational with 168 points last Friday at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent.
Green finished second with 162 points and Roosevelt placed third with 87 points.
Falls dominated the running events despite the poor weather.
"The weather was miserable," Scourfield said. "It was cold and it was raining. I told the girls, ‘The weather is the same for everybody.’
"You can either tune it out and focus on what you need to do on the track and not on the weather. We got rolling in the 4x2 (800) relay and didn’t look back."
Brustoski and Shields took the top two spots in the 200. Brustoski won in 28.05 seconds and Shields crossed the finish line 28.91 seconds.
Also taking the top two spots were Brustoski and Lowe in the 400.
Brustoski placed first in 1:03.91 and Lowe took second in 1:06.97.
Huffman triumphed in the 1,600 in 5:37.45 and the 800 in 2:29.6.
The 800 relay team of Brustoski, Lowe, Shields and Shelton won in 1:53.96.
The 400 relay team of Kayla Brown, Long, Nicole Bechter and Shelton crossed the finish line first in 53.51 seconds.
Gallagher earned a victory in the 3,200 in 12:39.58 and the 1,600 relay team of Huffman, Shelton, Brustoski and King placed first in 4:28.88.
Others who finished in the top eight for Falls are as follows:
• 100 hurdles: Wyatt, fifth, 18.07
• 100: Katlyn Long, fourth, 13.6; and Lowe, fifth, 13.76
• 3,200 relay: Huffman, King, Nadia Luksza and Alivia Hamric, second, 10:42.51
• 300 hurdles: Shelton, second, 51.27; and Longfellow, fifth, 55.64
• 800: Nadia Luksza, fourth, 2:44.08
• 3,200: Valerie Deighton, fifth, 13:13.08
• High jump: Hope Cuppett, sixth, 4-4; and Barnett, seventh, 4-2
• Long jump: Shields, fourth, 14-2.25
• Discus Bryn Torok, third, 93-6; and Kassara Green, seventh, 79-4
• Shot put: Torok, third, 28-6.5; and Katie Rozsa, sixth, 27-.5
The Lady Black Tigers are scheduled to compete at the Big Ox Invitational 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 for a quadruple dual meet with host Nordonia, Hudson and Brecksville Broadview Heights April 21 at 11 a.m.
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