Four members of the Cuyahoga Falls boys track and field team have another week to fine-tune their skills after their performances Wednesday.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Matt Hammonds, Jay Wilson, Bronson Luksza and Jack Wilcoxson advanced to the regional competition after placing third at the Nordonia Division I district meet at Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.
The foursome ran a time of 8:13.01. The top four relay teams and top four athletes in each event 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.
"They ran really well," Black Tigers head coach Dieter Keller said. "They are looking really good. Andrew Kuntz has run in that race and Tony Sondles has found his way on that relay. Those guys, along with Matt and Jack, are sophomores. That relay should be good for the next two years."
Ryan Freeman placed sixth for Falls in the discus with a throw of 139 feet, 2 inches.
"Ryan Freeman was fifth going into finals," Keller said. "His throws were pretty identical. He was a little disappointed. He was hoping to get out."
The district competition is scheduled to conclude Friday at 3:30 p.m.
"We have quite a few kids competing on Friday, which is really good," Keller said. "We have more this year than we’ve had in the past."
The Black Tigers placed eighth with 31 points in the eight-team National Conference at the Suburban League Championships, which concluded May 10 at Nordonia.
Wadsworth won the competition with 158 points.
"Everyone performed the best they could," Keller said. "I think the league meet is tougher than the district meet. I’ve never seen a conference like it."
Freeman led the way with a third-place throw of 134-6 in the discus.
The 3,200 relay team of Hammonds, Kuntz, Luksza and Wilcoxson finished fourth in 8:16.38.
"We knew after the league meet that our 4x8 [3,200 relay] had a shot to get out," Keller said.
Wilcoxson added a fifth in the 800 in 1:58.24.
Placing sixth were Luksza in the 1,600 (4:26.7), Anthony Nichols in the 3,200 (10:01.18) and the 1,600 relay team of Dylon Campbell, Luksza, Sondles and Wilcoxson in 3:33.12.
"Jack and Bronson looked good in their events," Keller said.
Taking seventh were Dylon Campbell in the 400 (52.58) and the 400 relay team of Isaiah Campbell, Christian Casto, Daizhaun Brazile and Jordan Williams (46.19); and Wilson in the high jump (5-8).
The 800 relay team of Isaiah Campbell, Sondles, Brazile and Jordan Williams took eighth in 1:37.1.
"We didn’t take our 4x1 and 4x2 (400 and 800 relays) to districts," Keller said. "They finished off at the league meet with their best times of the year."
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