Head coach Sarah Kmet was thrilled to see the Twinsburg girls track team compete with some heavy hitters at the Second Sole Eagle Elite meet at Canton GlenOak on Saturday.
Twinsburg placed second overall in the 21-team field to powerful Mentor, who won 84-62.
The Tigers also beat strong clubs from Euclid (59 points), GlenOak (58), Wadsworth (50.5) and Medina (50).
Junior Alyssa Willis had an outstanding meet for the Lady Tigers as the sprinter scored 18.5 points and was second in points behind Mentor’s Paige Floriea (22.5) in the meet’s Track MVP standings.
Willis ran second to Floriea in an impressive 200-meter dash race and she was timed at 26.55 seconds. Willis also ran third in the 100-meter dash in 12.65 seconds.
Kmet realizes she has an elite group of sprinters and there is plenty of depth.
In addition, Willis helped the Tigers’ loaded 400-meter relay team to a big title, beating Austintown Fitch (50.52) and Medina (50.57) with a time of 50.25 seconds.
Senior Brionna McDonald, freshman Rana Thornton, and freshman Akira Johnson joined Willis in the relay.
Seniors Nia Robinson and Mariah Myles ran 3-4 in a strong 400-meter dash field at GlenOak.
Robinson crossed in 57.89 seconds and Myles’ time was 58.32 ticks.
Myles, Robinson, and Willis, along with veteran senior Julia Henderson, ran on the runner-up 800-meter relay, which had a time of 1-minute, 41.60 seconds.
Twinsburg ran second to Euclid (1:40.95) as both relays broke the meet record.
The Lady Tigers’ second-place 1,600-meter relay (3:57.06) also broke the meet record along with victorious Mentor (3:56.39).
Comprising the 1,600 relay was Myles, Henderson, freshman Sophie Besett and Robinson.
Junior Trisha Singh leaped 15-feet, 8.5 inches to place third in the long jump.
"Trisha had a nice jump for us and picked up six valuable points," Kmet said.
Henderson ran sixth in the 300-meter hurdles in 50.27 seconds. Junior Alyssa Deeds finished seventh in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 11:38.81.
Deeds’ effort was a personal best clocking.
"Alyssa had a great race in the 3,200, running a huge season best 11:38," Kmet said. "Alyssa ran smart, remaining patient early in the race and then methodically picking her way through the field."
"I was happy to see her place in the top eight as it was a very talented field."
Senior Taryn Vander Weit hit for 9-0 feet in the pole vault and just missed scoring while senior Kate Karlson reached 4-7 feet in the high jump.
"Taryn cleared a personal best and Kate also cleared her personal best in the high jump," said Kmet, who also was pleased with the improvement of freshman Kennedy Robinson in the shot-put throw.
The Lady 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.
The Tigers placed fifth in the Lakewood Ranger Relays on April 12.
Winning a title and setting a new meet record at Lakewood was the 400-meter relay in 50.24 seconds with McDonald, Thornton, Johnson and Willis.
Also winning was the 800 relay (1:49) of McDonald, Johnson, Henderson and Thornton, plus the sprint medley relay (1:52.71) of Johnson, Thornton, McDonald and Henderson.
The 1,600 relay ran third and set a meet record of 4:24.68 in a fast finals heat with Johnson, Thornton, Willis and Besett.
Senior Bria Griffin was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.29 seconds.
Twinsburg moved to 2-0 in the loaded Suburban League National Conference with a 79.5-56.5 win at North Royalton on April 10.
Henderson produced an impressive win in the 300 hurdles as she was clocked at 50.16 seconds. She also ran second in the 200 in 27.27 seconds.
Robinson posted big victories in the 400 (1:00) and in the 200-meter dashes. She crossed in 26.15 ticks in the 200.
McDonald captured the 100-meter dash in 12.95 seconds.
Rebecca Mold and Deeds scored big with a 1-2 finish in the 800-meter race. Mold, a junior, won in 2:32 and Deeds’ time was 2:34.
Capturing a key league win in the long jump at North Royalton was senior Ty Allison, who reached 14-6.25 feet.
Grabbing a key second-place was Griffin, who ran second in the 300 hurdles in 52.76 seconds. Kennedy Robinson tossed the shot put 28-8.5 feet.
As expected, Twinsburg dominated the relays as the 3,200-meter team won in 10:31, along with the 400 relay (53.57), 800 relay (1:53.90), and 1,600 relay (4:33).