Lucca Passarelli was Tallmadge’s lone first-place finisher in the Suburban League American Conference Championships, which concluded last Thursday at Nordonia High School’s Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.
The junior Blue Devil won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 1 inch. He also finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.23 seconds.
"Lucca jumped well and ran well," Tallmadge head coach Mike Srodawa said.
Also in the high jump, freshman Dylan Phelps had a fourth-place leap of 5-8.
Overall, Tallmadge finished fifth out of seven teams with 73 1/2 points.
Highland won the competition with 156 points. Copley finished second with 129.5 points and Theodore Roosevelt placed third with 99 points.
"I expected the boys to finish right about where they did," Srodawa said.
Blue Devil senior Matt Kieke finished second in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 51-9. His classmate, Blake Bockus, placed fourth with a toss of 49-4 1/2.
"Matt has been working on being quicker across the circle and it finally happened," Srodawa said. "He put everything together."
Junior Garrett Ansley tied for third in the pole vault with a vault of 10-6. His classmate, Eddie Ahuoajee, finished eighth (9-6).
Junior Sean Ambrose finished third in the long jump with a leap of 19-5.
"Sean did really well," Srodawa said.
Ambrose joined juniors Richard Quintrell and Ryan Kaufman and freshman Gunther Zehner to finish fourth in the 400 relay with a time of 47.28.
Quintrell, Ambrose, Zehner and senior Fernando Marquez combined to place fifth in the 800 relay with a time of 1:40.93.
Also placing fifth with a clocking of 3:45.34 was the 1,600 relay team of Zehner, Marquez, senior Jerry Walsh and junior Ryan Kruger.
In the 3,200 relay, senior Ryan Riter, junior Zach Brown and freshmen Ben Jurkowski and Tommy Naiman joined forces to finish sixth (9:04.18).
"We’ve been consistent in the relays," Srodawa said. "Our times are starting to come down a little bit, especially in the 400 and 800."
Brown finished sixth (10:27.17) in the 3,200. Naiman placed seventh (10:30.2).
Phelps finished seventh (43.76) in the 300 hurdles, while Riter captured eighth in both the 800 (2:07.92) and the 1,600 (4:48.44).
Sophomore Brennan Heavilin posted a season-best time of 25.22 in the 100 seated race and a time of 1:43.55 in the 400 seated race.
Heavilin has qualified for the state meet in the 100, 400 and shot put by ranking in the top 16 in the state in each event, including second in the shot put.
"Brennan is a lot stronger and his form is a lot better than last year and that’s definitely showing in the 100 and 400," Srodawa said. "His strength in general is really showing in the shot put. He’ has been consistently throwing 18-19 feet all year long."
Tallmadge is scheduled to compete in the Bedford Division II district meet Thursday (4 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.) at Bedford High School.