Twinsburg’s boys track and field squad held its own Saturday against a field of the state’s finest teams.
At the 31st annual Medina Relays, the Tigers placed third out of 15 schools behind Solon and Cleveland St. Ignatius.
Solon (103.5 points) and Cleveland St. Ignatius (94) finished one and two in the team standings, while Twinsburg was third (63), beating strong clubs from Medina (56), Austintown Fitch (55), Hudson (50), and Berea-Midpark (43.5).
Head coach Dalanda Jackson was excited about the performance at Ken Dukes Stadium.
Jackson has one of Ohio’s best high jumpers back again in senior ET Easter.
Easter helped the Tigers to a high jump title at Medina as he reached 6-feet, 9 inches to win.
Joining Easter on the relay were two other tested seniors in Adam Mays, who reached 6-1 feet, and Nathan McCoy, who helped at 5-10 feet. Mays finished third.
In the long jump, Easter helped Twinsburg to a victory. He had a leap that was good enough for second-place overall at 21-11 feet.
Promising sophomore Antoine Brown was 12th in the long jump at 19-3.75 feet, and returning senior James Besset also had a fine effort of 18-3 feet.
Jackson was thrilled to see the sprint medley relay finish second with a school record time of 1-minute and, 33.69 seconds.
"That was a school record," said Jackson, of her runner-up relay of the gifted quartet of sophomore Marvahun Johnson, senior Gilbert Campbell, senior Tyrese Yarbrough, and junior Darren Robinson.
In addition, the 1,600-meter relay as well as the Tigers’ distance medley also garnered runner up finishes at Medina.
Making up the 1,600-meter relay was Yarbrough, Johnson, Robinson and Easter. Their time was fast at 3:29.14.
Twinsburg also flashed its talents in the middle distance and distance events. The second-place distance medley was timed at 11:06.12.
Making up the distance medley was freshman Aiden Cain, senior Arty Jindra, senior Jon Szydlowski, and senior Ryan Adkins. Distance coach Sarah Kmet was pleased overall.
"Aiden Cain had a great day, running a personal best in the 1,600 and racing well against upperclassmen in the DMR," said Kmet.
"Ryan Adkins also had a nice double, leading off the 6,400 in a season best 4:27 — a faster opener than last year," added Kmet. "More impressively, Ryan made up an 80-meter gap on the Solon anchor runner in the DMR to lock up second place."
Johnson ran fifth in the 100-meters, which was a pretty good field of runners. His time was 11.07 seconds. Also running fifth for the Tigers in a strong event was the 400-meter relay, which crossed in 43.71 seconds.
Making up the 400-meter relay was junior Kory Dreams, Campbell, junior Dominic Glenn, and Johnson.
Jackson also saw the shuttle hurdles place fifth at Medina with Jindra, sophomore Ethan Cribley, sophomore Cade Laverdiere, and junior Emile Levert. Their time was 1:09.36.
Running in a deep event, Yarbrough crossed sixth in the 200-meter dash in 22.98 seconds and Jindra ran eighth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.81 ticks.
Twinsburg showed depth in the pole vault, which was seventh overall.
Comprising the pole vault crew was junior Michael Magyar, who reached 10-0 feet, along with junior teammate Caleb Simon 10-0. Senior Jason Buell also reached 9-0 feet.
"I gained a lot of new athletes as well as freshmen this season and look forward to developing them," Jackson said.
Twinsburg’s 6,400-meter relay scored with a time of 19:57.21 with Adkins, Cain, Szydlowski, and junior Christian Harsa.
"The 6,400-meter relay had a tough outing - a bad exchange caused us to lose momentum and we dropped to eighth-place overall," said Kmet. "However, the same boys came back in the distance medley and killed it."
Senior Matt Belak paced the boys in the discus throw at 113-10 feet. Freshman Tyson Jacobs led the team in the shot put with a toss of 36-10.
Jackson also liked that the sprint medley relay in the junior varsity race ran second with a strong time of 1:39.87. This cast had Dreams, Glenn, Brown, and senior Tre Radford.
Twinsburg runs at North Royalton in a Suburban League National Conference meet April 10, competes at the Willoughby South Invitational April 12, and at the GlenOak Invitational April 13.
The Tigers opened league play and the season by sweeping all of the relays events with an easy 92-41 win over visiting Cuyahoga Falls Wednesay.
Adkins had a big victory in the 3,200-meter open race and the 3,200-meter relay team beat Falls with a time of 8:47.8. This group had Cain, Harsa, Szydlowski, and Adkins.
In the open 3,200, Adkins’ time was 10:00.6.
Twinsburg’s relay sweep included a sweep in the sprint relays.
The 400 cast of Dreams, Campbell, Glenn, and Johnson was timed at 45.1 seconds. The 800 relay of Johnson, Yarbrough, Robinson, and Radford hit for 1:30.35, and the 1,600-meter relay had Yarbrough, Robinson, Johnson, and Easter.
Easter led to Twinsburg sweeps in the jumps. He won the high jump with a mark of 6-6 feet and Mays hit for 6-2 feet, followed by McCoy, who was at 5-8.
With a leap of 21-1.25, Easter won the long jump, Brown was second at 18-6.25, and Besett went 17-8.5 feet.
Magyar was excellent in the pole vault as he won with an 11-0 feet effort. Buell and fellow senior Ethan Wohlwend were second and third, respectfully, at 9-6 feet.
Campbell paced a Tiger sweep in the 100 with a time of 11.48 seconds, followed closely by Glenn 11.63, and Dreams, 11.71.
Radford led the sweep in the 200 in 23.28 seconds, Brown crossed in 23.77, and freshman Cameron Griffin was third at 24.09.
Robinson won the 400 in 52.2 seconds.
"Darren (Robinson) is following in his sister’s, Nia Robinson, footsteps," said Jackson.
Jindra won the 300 hurdles in 43.6, edging Cribley, who was at 43.8.
Cain ran second in the 1,600-meter race in 4:48.1 and crossed second in the 800 in 2:15.4. Belak was third in the Discus at 109-6.5 feet and Yarbrough ran third in the 400 with a time of 54.1.