If the Cuyahoga Falls girls track and field team wants to be represented at the regional competition next week, it will have some work to do Friday.
Katie Rozsa placed seventh in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 2.75 inches at the Nordonia Division I district meet Wednesday at Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.
The top four athletes in each event and four relay teams qualify for the Austintown-Fitch regional, which is scheduled to take place next Wednesday and May 25. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m. both days.
The district competition is scheduled to conclude Friday at 3:30 p.m.
The Lady Black Tigers did have several athletes qualify for Friday’s finals.
"It was a good night," Falls head coach Dan Scourfield said. "It was probably the best district semifinal we had in my 12 years. They ran really well.
"Even the girls that didn’t get through to the finals ran PR (personal-record) times. If you don’t get through and you run your best time ever, you can’t have too many complaints about that."
The Lady Black Tigers finished sixth with 46 points in the eight-team National Conference at the Suburban League Championships, which concluded May 10 at Nordonia.
The Lady Knights won the competition with 143 points.
"We finished about where we thought we would," Scourfield said. "It would have been nice to take down Stow. It was a good night for the girls, though."
Jacquelyn Shields led the way with a second-place leap of 17 feet, 0.75 inch in the long jump.
Kayla Huffman took third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:14.49.
"The 1,600 was the best race of the night," Scourfield said. "Kayla barely missed breaking her own school record. There were four girls all bunched together in the last 200 meters and Kayla was one of them."
The 800 relay team of Jenai Blake, Emma Brustoski, Katlyn Long and Gracie Lowe placed fourth in 1:48.35.
Capturing fifth were Lowe in the 400 (1:00.51); Sarah Wyatt in the 100 hurdles (16.8); De’Vine Shelton in the 300 hurdles (48.14); the 400 relay team of Blake, Shelton, Nicole Bechter and Long (51.27); and the 1,600 relay team of Lowe, Shields, Brustoski and Huffman (4:11.65).
"Sarah Wyatt had a really good night in the 100 hurdles," Scourfield said. "Our sprint relays got their personal-best times at league and then they took those times down at districts. Gracie had a nice 400 and De’Vine had a pretty good night in the 300 hurdles."
Katie Rozsa finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 4.25.
Blake took seventh in the 200 (27.4). The 3,200 relay team of Zoe King, Nadia Luksza, Huffman and Alivia Hamric finished eighth in 10:38.28.
Also placing eighth was Madi Davis in the high jump (4-8).
"All in all, it was a pretty good confidence builder for them," Scourfield said.
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