Having three meets in four days is quite a busy stretch for the successful Twinsburg boys and girls track and field programs.
Twinsburg had a slew of athletes compete well at the Ned Weingart Relays, hosted by Cleveland Heights, along with the Mentor Cardinal Relays. The Mentor Relays were April 27 and the Weingart Relays took place April 26.
At Mentor, the Twinsburg girls placed second with 113 points and the host team won with 160.5 points.
Solon won the boys team race over Mentor 156-110 as Twinsburg was fifth in a loaded field.
Headed to Ohio State, senior Nya Bussey faced Mentor sensation Paige Floriea in the girls' heated 100-meter dash and ran second with a strong time of 12.05 seconds. Floriea's time was 11.85.
Bussey also anchored the Tiger's winning 400-meter relay that crossed in 50.20 seconds with senior Brionna McDonald, plus freshmen Rana Thornton and Akira Johnson.
Another crown came in the 800-meter relay that was timed at 1-minute, 45.43 seconds with McDonald, Johnson, Bussey and senior Nia Robinson.
Twinsburg also won the 800 sprint medley (1:48.53) with Johnson, McDonald, Bussey and Robinson.
Senior Angela DeFabio ran second in the 800-meter race with a fast time of 2:30.43.
Alyssa Deeds, a junior, ran a strong time of 11:54.01 to gain second-place in the 3,200-meter run. Also placing second was senior Julia Henderson, who had a time of 50.59 seconds in the 300 hurdles.
For the Dalanda Jackson's boys squad, sophomore Marvahun Johnson impressed with a second-place run of 11.0 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
The boys head coach and the sprint and hurdle coach for both clubs, Jackson saw Johnson have a nice meet.
"Marvahun continues to improve and that was a new PR of 11.0 seconds," noted Jackson.
Johnson ran a leg in the Tiger's 800-meter relay team that took second in 1:32.37 with sophomore Alex Branch, junior Darren Robinson and senior Ty Yarbrough.
As for Bussey, Jackson commented, "Nya returned after some much-needed rest, and she ran well."
"The Tigers had another great week, and athletes and coaches are looking for to the post season as we continue to put the pieces together," she added.
Twinsburg was second in the pole vault relay, led by seniors Brad Yates (third at 13-0 feet) and Jason Buell (11-0).
"Vaulters Brad Yates and Jason Buell continue to perform well and helped the team," said Jackson.
Running third was the boys 1,600-meter relay that crossed in 3:38.33 with Yarbrough, Johnson, senior Jon Szydlowski and Robinson.
The girls' distance medley also took second (13:28.72) with Katie Vasiliauskas, DeFabio, Rebecca Mold and Deeds.
Grabbing third-place was Mold in the 1,600-meter run, who was clocked at 5:30.56.
"Rebecca had a great day, running a season best 5:30 in the 1,600 and a great 1,200 leg on the DMR," said girls head coach Sarah Kmet. "We had a lot of runner-up performances."
"We're starting to see some improvements and excited to get to May," added Kmet on the distance runners.
"Jon Szydlowski ran a solid 800 and Aiden Cain lowered his PR to 2:08," she said. "There was a really nice race from Mitchell Suder as he PR'd in the 1,600 in 4:52. Mitchell had a really great week of racing."
Senior Taryn Vander Weit used a third-place pole vault effort of 9-0 feet to help the Tigers place second with great assistance from senior Briana Gogan, who reached 8-0 feet.
"Taryn and Briana continue to improve," said Kmet.
Arty Jindra ran fifth in the boys' 300 hurdles as the senior had a time of 43.35 seconds, just ahead of teammate Ethan Cribley (43.47).
Senior Gilbert Campbell scored in the 100 (11.51) as did Szydlowski in the 800 (2:08.22), Suder in the 1,600 (4:52.75) and Cade Laverdiere in the 110 hurdles (16.61).
"Cade Laverdiere's time continues to drop in the 110 hurdles and he had a PR of 16.61, and Arty Jindra and Ethan Cribley also continue to improve in the 300 hurdles," said Jackson.
The 400-meter relay ran fourth in 45.45 seconds with Dominick Glenn, Campbell, Kory Dreams and Brett Callow.
Twinsburg's sprint medley also scored (1:43.23) with Johnson, Campbell, Branch and Robinson. The high jump relay of seniors Adam Mays (6-0) and Nathan McCoy (5-9) also scored.
"Nathan and Adam are consistently earning points in the high jump," said Jackson.
In girls action, senior Makenzie Hartman took fifth in the 3,200 (12:22.88) at Mentor.
Senior Bria Griffin ran fourth in the 300 hurdles in 52.54 ticks and had a fast time of 16.77 to run sixth in the 100 hurdles.
"Bria ran another PR in the 100 hurdles," said Jackson.
Also scoring at Mentor were Vasiliauskas in the open 1,600 (5:48.03) and Johnson in the 100 (13.25), plus Trisha Singh in the high jump (4-6), and Donegan (4-6).
Singh (16-0 feet), senior Kate Karlson (14-7), and Sydnee Donegan (13-1.75) helped the long jump crew score.
In girls action, the Tigers placed second at the Weingart Relays as Euclid won 139-121 over Twinsburg.
Alyssa Willis gained a great title by winning the 100-meter dash at the Weingart Relays. She won in 12.67 seconds as the top seed.
Only Cleveland Heights' star Jordan Morman defeated Griffin, who had a solid second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.92 seconds. Morman's time was 16.88.
Twinsburg's 400-meter relay won in 51.93 with McDonald, Thornton, Johnson and Willis.
In the high jump, the Tigers had a big 1-2 finish with Donegan and Mya Harvey. Donegan won with a leap of 4-6 feet and Harvey, at 4-6, which is a season best.
For the boys, Twinsburg scored 48 points for sixth place out of 13 clubs at the Weingart Relays.
Christian Harsa ran a strong race to register a third-place in the 1,600-meter run. His time was outstanding at 5:03.23.
A promising fourth-place was turned in by Cade Laverdiere in the 110-meter high hurdle field. His time was 17.01 seconds.
The Tiger's 400-meter relay took third in 45.20 seconds with Dreams, Antoine Brown, Chris Wilson and Callow.
"Despite the cold and rain, our sprinters fared well," said Jackson.
Hunter Bennage ran sixth in the 1,600-meter race with a superb time of 5:11.71. Cribley scored in the 110 hurdles (17.72). Branch scored in the 400 (54.18) as Brown scored in the 200 (24.34).
The 800-meter relay was sixth (1:35.24) with Glenn, Branch, Brown and Callow. James Besett also scored in the long jump (17-7.5).
Posting one of her best times, Jessica Abrams ran third in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 13:02.01 at the Weingart event.
Mariah Myles ran third in the 200-meter dash field with a time of 26.25 seconds. Willis was fifth (27.70).
Sophie Besett had a strong fourth in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.26 and Henderson was next at 1:01.33.
More solid marks came in the open 1,600-meter race as Isabel Dickson and Ava Turner ran fourth and fifth, respectively. Dickson's time was 6:19.99 and Turner's was 6:21.43.
The 800-meter relay ran fourth (1:48.69) with McDonald, Johnson, Henderson and Thornton. Grabbing fourth was the 3,200-meter relay of Grace Novak, Abrams, Annabelle Dolney and Dickson.
"For the boys (distance), Christian Harsa and Hunter Bennage both significantly lowered their PRs in the 1,600," noted Kmet.
"Jessica Abrams had a terrific effort in the 3,200 as she continues to improve over this distance, plus freshman Bella Genovese dropped her PR to 2:37 in the 800," she added. "Isabel Dickson and Ava Turner raced well in the 1,600 to pick up some points, plus the 3,200-relay also had a nice showing."
Another solid race came in the 100-meter hurdles as Nicole Abraham crossed in 18.20 seconds to place fifth. Ty Allison was fifth in the long jump at 14-4 feet, and Donegan also scored (13-7.5).
Running sixth in the 800-meter race with a fantastic clocking of 2:37.89 was Genovese. Novak also scored (2:45.54) as did Thornton in the 100 (13.75).
The teams competed at league rival Stow-Munroe Falls April 24. The boys lost 72-64 and the girls won 75-62.
Henderson came up with a big victory in the girls' 300 hurdles race in 47.82 seconds while Bussey and Robinson ran 1-2 in the 200 with times of 25.03 seconds and 25.62, respectively.
Kmet had some comments on a few events.
"We had really nice races from Alyssa Deeds in the 1,600 and Rebecca Mold in the 3,200 while Aiden Cain lowered his PR in the 800 and Mitchell Suder did the same in the 3,200," she said.
"In the field, Brianna Gogan cleared a personal best 8-6 in the pole vault, and Sydnee Donegan picked up valuable points by getting the win in the high jump."
Jackson was pleased with the effort at Stow.
"The athletes in the field events displayed outstanding performances with Yates (12-0 feet), Buell (10-6), and Michael Magyar (10-6) sweeping the pole vault," she said.