It had been a few years since the Tallmadge boys track and field team had beaten Suburban League American Conference rival Theodore Roosevelt in a dual meet.
The Blue Devils turned the tables by defeating the Rough Riders 73-64 Tuesday at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium, improving their dual meet record to 2-0.
"I knew it was going to be a very close meet, knowing how we’ve performed against them in the past, so it was a good meet for us," Tallmadge head coach Mike Srodawa said.
Host Tallmadge finished fifth at the Bill Barry Invitational last Friday.
Junior Lucca Passarelli, who had a successful season debut at the Bill Barry meet, continued that success against Roosevelt.
He won three individual events — a time of 16.07 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, a time of 42.9 in the 300 hurdles and a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump. Freshman Dylan Phelps was second (46.37) in the 300 hurdles and in the high jump (5-6).
"It was good to have Lucca back," Srodawa said. "He high jumped what he needed to do to win and his times in the hurdles definitely came down from the Bill Barry."
Juniors Nick Hussing and Zach Brown were both double winners. Hussing won the 100 with a time of 11.77 and the long jump with a leap of 18-10. Senior Fernando Marquez placed third (16-3) in the long jump.
Brown captured the 1,600 with a time of 4:54 and the 3,200 with a clocking of 11:12. Freshman Ben Jurkowski finished second (11:21) and junior Garrett Ansley took third (11:52) in the 3,200.
"Zach ran really well," Srodawa said. "It was a real good meet for him. He definitely stepped up. He knew that the meet was going to be close and that the distance events had to give us points."
Ansley won the pole vault with a vault of 11 feet. Junior Eddie Ahuoajee placed third (8 feet).
"Garrett did well," Srodawa said. "He’s making strides from where he was last year."
Seniors Blake Bockus and Matt Kieke excelled in the throwing events. Bockus won the shot put with a toss of 46-1 and Kieke captured the discus with a throw of 124-2.
Kieke and junior Michael Cornell tied for second (42-9) in the shot put, while Bockus took second (113-2) in the discus.
In the 800, freshman Tommy Naiman and junior Andrew Hipkins both had times of 2:22, but Naiman won the tiebreaker to finish second.
Hussing placed second (24.98) and junior Sean Ambrose took third (26.15) in the 200.
Sophomore Brennan Heavilin recorded times of 29.42 in the seated 100 and 2:09.07 in the seated 400. He had a toss of 17-11.75 in the seated shot put.
"Brennan is progressing along great," Srodawa said. "He’s already ahead of where he ended up last year in the shot put, so you can definitely tell that the training he did in the offseason has helped."
In the Bill Barry meet, Tallmadge scored 77 points in the seven-team competition.
Rocky River edged out Uniontown Lake 102-101 to win the meet. Walsh Jesuit (86) and Highland (82.5) placed third and fourth, respectively.
"Going in, I expected the boys to finish just about where they did," Srodawa said. "The competition at that meet is pretty good, so it was a good test for them this early in the season."
Passarelli won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, winning a tiebreaker over Rocky River’s Daishaun Hill.
Kieke finished second in the shot put with a throw of 44-8 and the discus with a toss of 122-3. Bockus placed third in the shot put with a throw of 44-2.5 and junior Vinnie Dao took fifth (100-10) in the discus.
"It was great to see Matt score in both events," Srodawa said. "I was glad to see him increase his distance in the discus. Matt and Brock are pretty solid in the shot put.
"Given the snowy, windy, nasty conditions, for those guys to go second and third in the shot was pretty good."
Passarelli finished second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.4. Hussing was runner-up in the 200 with a clocking of 24.53 and third in the 100 with a time of 11.76.
Hussing also placed third in the long jump with a leap of 18-5, while Ambrose took fourth (18-1).
Hussing, Ambrose, Passarelli and sophomore Daniel Rader combined to finish third in the 400 relay with a time of 47.37.
Ansley, Marquez, senior Jerry Walsh and freshman Gunther Zehner joined to place fourth (4:08.52) in the 1,600 relay.
In the 3,200, freshman Tommy Naiman finished sixth (10:59).
Heavilin won the 102-meter seated run with a time of 30.2 and the seated shot put with a throw of 18-6.
Tallmadge is scheduled to compete at the Aurora Greenmen Invitational April 13.
The Blue Devils are set to travel to American Conference rival Copley April 17 and are scheduled to host Barberton, another American Conference foe, April 19.
All three meets are set to begin at 4 p.m.