Twinsburg's boys track team is showing that not only do the Tigers have top-flight talent in several events, but the club is gaining solid depth.
The latest evidence came at the Second Sole Eagle Elite meet at GlenOak High, an event that always produces potent teams and good talent.
This spring was no different as head coach Dalanda Jackson saw a slew of strong performances.
The Tigers tied for second place in a loaded field. Strongsville won the team crown in Massillon 66-55 over Salem and Twinsburg.
In a deep field, the Tigers also beat Reynoldsburg (53 points), GlenOak (41), Medina (40), Cleveland St. Ignatius (38), Hudson (37) and Massillon Jackson (36).
Senior ET Easter was named the Field MVP by meet officials as he totaled 16 points.
Easter was second in the long jump with a distance of 21-feet, 6.50 inches. He placed second in the high jump competition with a leap of 6-feet, 4.0 inches as Shaker Heights' Jaivon Harrison won at 6-6 feet.
Sophomore standout Marvahun Johnson also shined at GlenOak as he battled the meets' Track MVP Joe Gillette (Strongsville) in several events.
Jackson, the Tiger's sprint coach as well, was thrilled as Johnson amassed 17.25 points.
With a blazing time of 22.66 seconds, Johnson was the runner-up in the 200-meter dash.
In the 100-meter finals, Johnson ran second in 11.11 seconds to Gillette, who crossed in 10.97 ticks. Gillette also won the 200 in 22.34 seconds.
Senior standout Ryan Adkins raced to a third-place effort in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:33.68.
"Ryan had a solid outdoor opener over 3,200-meters," said Kmet, the distance coach. "That is his fastest opener and a personal best, but we still have work to do."
The Tigers’ 400-meter relay team placed fourth in a deep field with a time of 44.21 seconds. This cast had junior Kory Dreams, senior Gilbert Campbell, Johnson, and senior Tre Radford.
Consistent senior Adam Mays placed fifth in the high jump at 6-2 feet.
Another tested senior, Brad Yates, finished sixth in the pole vault at 13-6 feet.
Kmet also had praise for a couple of other distance runners she coaches.
"Aiden Cain had a nice double, shaving a little more time off his 1,600-meter personal best," pointed out the coach.†"Aiden made some tactical mistakes that he recognized right away, so I am really confident that he will continue to improve."
"I was also happy with Mitchell Suder cracking five-minutes for the first time this season," added Kmet.
Suder is a junior while Cain is a freshman for Twinsburg.
The Tigers compete in a league quad meet at Nordonia on Thursday with Brecksville and Hudson. Twinsburg runs at the Amherst Steele Relays on Saturday, and visits Stow-Munroe Falls April 24 in league action.
At the Lakewood Relays, Twinsburg placed sixth April 12.
Some of the top highlights included a crown by the 400-meter relay team, which crossed in 45.17 seconds with Glenn, Antoine Brown, Chris Wilson, and Brett Callow.
In addition, a third was turned in by the 800-meter relay (1:34.41) with Dreams, Alex Branch, Callow, and Radford while the sprint medley was third (1:39.47) with Dreams, Callow, Radford, and Arty Jindra.
The high jump crew was third behind Nathan McCoy (5-8) and KeyShon Rondo (5-3).
Senior Ethan Wohlwend, along with Michael Magyar, and Caleb Simon all reached 10-6 feet to help the pole vault crew to fifth-place.
Twinsburg moved to 2-0 in the Suburban League National Conference with a 76.5-60.5 win at North Royalton April 10.
Campbell blazed to a 100-meter dash victory with an amazing time of 10.72 seconds!
The 100-meter school record is one of the oldest in Twinsburg history as Art Payne set the mark of 10.70 seconds in 1988.
Senior Matt Belak collected a key win in the discus as he had a toss of 127-5 feet.
Adkins snagged two open wins as he crossed first in the 1,600-meters in 4:38 and in the 800 in 2:09. Cain ran second in the 1,600 (4:47).
With a time of 23.02 ticks, Radford won the 200-meter dash while junior Dominick Glenn ran second in the 100-meter race with a fast clocking of 11.16 seconds.
Easter captured the long jump with an effort of 21-5.5 feet and Mays won the high jump at 6-2 feet.
The Tigers won the 400-meter relay (44.72), the 800 relay (1:31.81), and the 1,600 relay (3:46).