As the temperatures rise, the Twinsburg girls track and field team will continue to heat up — especially on the track.
Fueled by some record-setting marks in the sprints coupled with several great efforts in the field events and distance races, the Tigers nearly won the team crown at the 31st annual Medina Relays at Ken Dukes Stadium.
Head coach Sarah Kmet was excited and is even more fired up that there is room to get even better.
"I like how our kids competed today," said Kmet, after the meet that saw Medina win team honors, 98-74.5 over the second-place Lady Tigers.
Twinsburg finished ahead of strong teams from Medina Highland (72), Solon (66), Avon Lake (59), Austintown Fitch (56), and Hudson (54.5).
"We have plenty of opportunities to get better and I’m looking forward to the progress," Kmet said.
Senior sprinters Nya Bussey and Nia Robinson had a huge meet, but they had plenty of help.
Bussey won a championship in the 100-meter dash with a blazing fast time of 11.78 seconds.
It was a clocking by Bussey was a meet record in a storied Medina event with that has featured incredible runners through the years.
That race by Bussey shattered a 10-year old Twinsburg all-time record set by star sprinter Lauren Macer, who was timed at 11.81 seconds in 2009.
Robinson captured the 200-meter dash title with a meet record of 25.47 seconds.
Both Robinson and Bussey ran in the first-place sprint medley relay that broke another meet record with a fast time of 1:46.01, plus the duo also ran in the first-place 1,600-meter relay.
In addition, Bussey ran anchor in the winning 400-meter relay.
Tiger sprint coach Dalanda Jackson was raving about her deep sprint corps and the athletes that helped Twinsburg to a state runner-up finish a year ago.
"I am extremely excited about the 2019 season," Jackson said. "I expect the girls to make some noise and leave their marks in the sprint events this year."
Also running impressive legs on the sprint medley were seniors Brionna McDonald and Mariah Myles.
With a time of 49.32 ticks, the Lady Tigers also captured the 400-meter relay behind the running of McDonald, freshman Rana Thornton, freshman Akira Johnson, and Bussey.
Twinsburg’s dangerous 1,600-meter relay crossed in 3:57.64 with the likes of Myles, senior Julia Henderson, Bussey and Robinson.
"I gained a lot of new athletes as well as freshmen this season and look forward to developing them," said Jackson, who has an amazing mix of seniors and freshman.
In fact, the Tiger’s sprint medley crew in the junior varsity race also won a title and set a meet record (1:56.09) with a crew of Johnson, Thornton, Henderson, and freshman Sophie Besett.
The Tigers also shined at Medina in the long jump and in the distance races.
Kmet was excited to the long jump relay place second overall as junior Trisha Singh was third overall with a leap of 15-feet, 10 inches.
Freshman Sydnee Donegan was seventh at 15-5.5 feet, and senior Ty Allison was 11th at 14-11 feet.
"We placed second and Donegan jumped a lifetime best," offered Kmet.
Twinsburg ran third overall in the 6,400-meter relay with a time of 22:39.17.
Making up the 6,400-meter relay was junior Alyssa Deeds, junior Rebecca Mold, senior Angela DeFabio, and sophomore Katie Vasiliauskas.
Finishing fourth was the distance medley (13:14.63) that included Mold, Myles, DeFabio, and Deeds.
"The 6,400 team ran a solid third-place against a tough field that included Hudson and Medina," Kmet said.
"I thought the distance medley competed well to finish fourth and Alyssa Deeds had a great day, running two 1,600-meter legs in 5:30," Kmet added. "I was very pleased."
Thanks to a brilliant showing by senior Taryn Vander Weit, the Tiger’s pole vault team also scored at Medina.
Vander Weit placed third individually with an effort of 8 feet.
Senior Brianna Gogan was 11th with a distance of 7 feet while junior Kaela Turle had a vault of 6 feet.
"Taryn cleared a lifetime best to lead the pole vault trio along with Brianna and Kaela to place fifth overall," Kmet said.
In addition, the high jump relay also scored with Singh and senior Kate Karlson, who both reached 4-6 feet. Donegan also competed.
"Our young contingent of throwers failed to place, but gained valuable big meet experience," Kmet said.
Freshman Kennedy Robinson led the team in the discus throw at 84-11 feet and the shot put with an effort of 28-0.75 feet.
Earlier in the week, Twinsburg opened the season and Suburban League action with a 74-63 win over visiting Cuyahoga Falls, a club which has strong depth in spots.
With a time of 10:53.5, the Tiger’s 3,200-meter relay won behind DeFabio, freshman Bella Genovese, senior Makenzie Hartman, and Vasiliauskas.
Deeds and Mold ran 1-2 in the 1,600-meter race with times of 5:34.4 and 5:40.5, respectively.
Vasiliauskas captured first in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 12:51.6.
The 1,600-meter relay won in 4:18.7 with Bussey, DeFabio, Allison and Nia Robinson.
Nia Robinson, Johnson, Besett, and Bussey made up the victorious 800-meter relay, which had a time of 1:46.59.
The 400-meter relay won in 49.06 ticks with Bussey, Myles, Henderson, and Nia Robinson, who also won the 200 in 25.8 seconds.
Henderson registered a victory in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.05. Twinsburg had a sweep in the long jump with Singh (15-0), Allison (14-7.5), and Donegan (14-0.5).
The Lady Tigers also had a sweep in the 100 with McDonald (12.8), Johnson (12.95), and Thornton (13.13).
Vander Weit won the pole vault with an effort of 7-6 feet.
Kennedy Robinson placed second in the shot put with a strong toss of 29-9.5 feet. Deeds ran second in the 800 in 2:32.9.
Twinsburg runs at North Royalton in a Suburban League National Conference meet April 10, competes at the Willoughby South Invitational on April 12, and at the GlenOak Invitational on April 13.