Matt Kieke not only qualified for the Division II regional track and field meet in the shot put, he did it in style.
The Tallmadge senior set a meet record with his throw of 51 feet, 1 1/2 inches at the district meet, which concluded Saturday at Bedford High School’s Bearcats Stadium.
Kieke’s classmate, Blake Bockus, finished second with a toss of 49-9 1/2.
Bockus also qualified for the regional competition, which is scheduled for Thursday (5 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m.) at Austintown-Fitch High School.
"Matt has been consistently getting better as the season has gone on," Blue Devils head coach Mike Srodawa said. "Both Matt and Blake have worked extremely hard and it shows.
"We kind of had an idea that they’d finish one-two which is a rarity when one school has the top two finishers in an event."
Overall, Tallmadge finished fourth out of 13 teams with 56 points. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy won the competition with 104 1/2 points. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary finished second with 98 points and Woodridge took third with 85 points.
"We struggled a little bit in the second part of the season, so to see them get that fourth-place finish was really cool," Srodawa said.
Blue Devil junior Lucca Passarelli qualified for regionals by won a tiebreaker to finish first in the high jump with a leap of 5-10. Freshman Dylan Phelps place fifth (5-8).
Passarelli qualified for the regional meet in the 110-meter hurdles, too, with a third-place time of 15.59 seconds.
"In the high jump, Lucca did what he had to do," Srodawa said. "In the 110 hurdles, he ran a really good race. With Woodridge’s strong hurdlers, we knew it was going to be a little bit of a challenge, but Lucca has been pretty solid."
In the pole vault, junior Garrett Ansley qualified for regionals with a fourth-place toss of 10-9. His classmate, Eddie Ahuoajee finished seventh (10 feet).
"It wasn’t Garrett’s best vault, but it’s all about placing at districts and he advanced to regionals," Srodawa said. "That was the goal."
Passarelli joined juniors Richard Quintrell and Nick Hussing and freshman Gunther Zehner to finish sixth (47.53) in the 400 relay.
Hussing and Phelps joined senior Ryan Riter and junior Ryan Kruger to place seventh (3:42.56) in the 1,600 relay.
In the 3,200 relay, junior Zach Brown joined forces with freshmen Ben Jurkowski, Tommy Naiman and Dawson Ansley to finish seventh (9:15.94).
Brown also placed seventh in the 3,200 (10:39.66). His classmate, Sean Ambrose, finished seventh in the long jump (18-9 1/2).