Cuyahoga Falls head girls track and field coach Dan Scourfield has been encouraged by his athletes’ progress thus far.
But he wasn’t particularly enthused about Wednesday’s performance.
The host Black Tigers fell to 0-2 in the Suburban League National Conference after a convincing 101.5-35.5 loss to Hudson at Laybourne Field.
The Explorers won 14 events and dominated from start to finish.
"We didn’t have the performances we hoped to have," Scourfield said. "I can’t put my finger on it. I was expecting a little bit more out of them."
Falls’ two wins took place in the discus event and the 3,200-meter relay.
Emma Brustoski played a role in both of those victories.
She took first in the discus with a throw of 30 feet, 5 ½ inches and joined Kayla Brown, Jenai Blake and Aimiya Dudley on the first-place 3,200 team (1 minute, 51.9 seconds).
"We did have some good performances," Scourfield said. "We just didn’t have enough of them."
Brynn Torok placed second in the discus (96-5) and Hannah Carlton took third in the pole vault (7-6).
"Brynn had a pretty good night throwing the discus," Scourfield said. "She has thrown farther in years past, but it was her best effort of the year. Hannah had a good night."
All in all, though, it wasn’t the performance Scourfield yearned to see.
"I know we have it in us," he said. "They just have to trust what we’re doing. When the weather warms up, the times will drop and the distances will get longer and higher. We had a bad night and it was not a good night to have a bad night."
The Black Tigers were considerably more like themselves April 5.
Falls finished in a tie for third place with Streetsboro at the 12-team Lakeview Relays in Cortland.
The Black Tigers and Rockets each scored 69 points. Warren Howland won the competition with 93 points and Canfield took second with 84 points.
"I thought we ran pretty well there," Scourfield said. "I was pretty happy with it. We had a lot of new kids experiencing this for the first time."
Leading the way for Falls was its first-place 1,600 relay team of Blake, Kristica Barnett, Brustoski and Dudley. They crossed the finish line in a season-best 4:13.78.
"That’s the fastest time we’ve ever run in that race that early," Scourfield said.
Also faring well was the 800 relay team. That quartet comprised Blake, Kristica Barnett, Brustoski and Dudley placed second in 1:50.7.
The 6,400 foursome of Ana Crangle, Valerie Deighton, Kearan Barnett and Elsa Lowry took third in 25:16.18.
The Black Tigers also had two other relays capture second place.
The pole-vault trio of Kelsey Mayes (7-6), Trina Washington (7-3) and Hannah Carlton took second with a combined distance of 21-3.
"The vault relay broke the meet record, but it ended up second because Howland also broke the meet record," Scourfield said. "Kelsey Mayes equaled her PR [personal record] and Katrina Washington was just off her PR."
The high-jump relay of Kristica Barnett, Anna Johnston and Zoe King was the runner-up with a combined distance of 13-1.
"Kristica ran on three relays and did the high jump," Scourfield said. "She was kind of our swiss army knife.
"I recruited a jumper while we were on the bus. Anna Johnston stepped up and did really well. We don’t finish second if AJ doesn’t volunteer."
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