Lauren Moses provided Tallmadge head track and field coach Mike Srodawa with a nice surprise March 29 at the Highland Hornet Invite in Medina.
The senior Blue Devil turned in a leap of 16 feet, 5 3/4 inches in the long jump, surpassing her previous best by almost a foot.
"Lauren was kind of surprised with her performance," Srodawa said. "But she’s a great athlete, so I’m not totally shocked that it happened, but for it to happen this early in the season was a little surprising."
Moses was a double winner. She also claimed the top spot in the pole vault with a height of 9 feet.
"It was a great place for Lauren to start," Srodawa said. "I was a little disappointed with her height only because she’s gone much higher than nine feet already this year during the indoor season. But the weather was bad, so that played into it."
Also in the pole vault, sophomore Anna Siesel finished second with a height of 8 feet, a personal best by six inches. Junior Jill Catalano was eighth in the long jump with a leap of 14-5 1/2.
Overall, Tallmadge finished fifth out of seven teams with 74.6 points.
Highland won the competition with 147.5 points. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary finished second with 136 points and Olmsted Falls took third with 96.5 points.
"It was pretty much where I expected the girls to finish," Srodawa said. "There was some pretty good competition there. We were one of the smaller schools. It’s always a good test for us. We were also missing some girls due to spring break."
Freshman Allison Harrell won the high jump with a leap of 4-8. Junior Morgan Moses, Lauren’s sister, finished in a tie for seventh with a leap of 4-3.
"Indoor, Allison had jumped 4-10," Srodawa said. "For her to jump 4-8 in the first outdoor meet, I was very happy with that."
Junior Mabinty Kromah finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.31 seconds. Freshman Aviana Miller placed eighth (29.95).
"Mabinty ran well," Srodawa said. "She has been working really hard and it definitely showed."
Kromah, Lauren Moses, Harrell and Catalano combined to finish fourth (1:54.75) in the 800 relay.
Also placing fourth (4:48.26) was the 1,600 relay team of Miller, Morgan Moses, sophomore Mackenzie Moran and freshman Katrina Hunt.
Morgan Moses finished fifth (55.83) in the 300 hurdles, as did sophomore Lauren Adolph in the discus (81-7).
Moran placed sixth (2:45.39) in the 800. Sophomore Kelsey Bellman also finished sixth (13:34) in the 3,200.
Finishing eighth were junior Makayla Bechter in the shot put (27-8.25) and sophomore Christina Brandenstein in the 1,600 (6:28).