Lauren Moses’ goal in the long jump was 17 feet entering the Suburban League Meet, which concluded last Thursday at Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s Bulldog Stadium.
That would have eclipsed her personal best of 16 feet, 5 inches by seven inches.
Not only did the Tallmadge junior surpass 16-5, she blew her goal to smithereens with a leap of 17-9 to win the American Conference title.
"Lauren had a huge day in the long jump," Blue Devils head coach Mike Srodawa said. "We’d been working on a couple of drills in practice to get her to extend at the end of her jump and she just put everything together.
"Her jump of 17-9 I think surprised a lot of people, but she has been working super hard at that event and she’s a great athlete. I was very happy to see it."
Also in the long jump, junior Jill Catalano finished fifth (15-11 ½).
Overall, the Blue Devils finished second in the seven-team competition with 134 points. Highland won with 153 points and Copley took third with 124 1/2 points.
"Going in, we knew that we’d be able to push Highland a little bit and we did," Srodawa said. "With two racing events left in the meet, it was announced that we were up by a point. For the girls, it was a growing experience, a confidence boost, for them to realize that we could definitely compete with a team like Highland."
Tallmadge junior Kenna Loveless finished second in both the 1,600-meter run with a personal-best time of 5 minutes, 16.18 seconds and the 3,200 with a time of 11:45.63.
Junior Ravyn Edge finished third (5:16.89) in the 1,600 and freshman Katrina Hunt placed seventh (12:43.98) in the 3,200.
"It was a big meet for Kenna," Srodawa said. "The time that she ran in the 1,600 was a PR by quite a bit. She and Ravyn going two-three in that event set us in the right direction for the rest of the meet.
"In the 3,200, Kenna got out where she needed to be. The one girl from Highland is a pretty good athlete and was well out in front, so Kenna was kind of caught in the middle of nowhere when she was running, but her times have been decent even with that."
Edge finished second in the 800 with a time of 2:24.82. Sophomore Mackenzie Moran finished fifth (2:34.75).
"Ravyn went out hard," Srodawa said. "She pushed like she always does. She was disappointed that she didn’t win it, but second place was pretty big."
Junior Mabinty Kromah finished second in the 400 with a personal-best time of 59.61 seconds. Freshman Aviana Miller placed seventh (1:04.52).
"Mabinty is really coming along in this event," Srodawa said. "She PRd [set a personal record] by about a full second. She’s the first girl we’ve had in at least six years to go sub-60 in the 400."
Freshman Farah Heestand finished third (50.17) in the 300 hurdles. Junior Morgan Moses, Lauren’s sister, placed fifth (50.81).
Freshman Mia Hurst finished third (13.11) in the 100. Lauren Moses took sixth (13.33).
Kromah finished third (26.44) and Hurst took seventh (27.84) in the 200.
Th 400 relay team of Lauren Moses, Kromah, Hurst and junior Jill Catalano placed third (51.08).
Hurst, Miller, Kromah and Edge combined to capture fourth (4:22.91) in the 1,600 relay.
The 800 relay team of Miller, Moran, Morgan Moses and Catalano finished fifth (1:51.85).
Freshman Allison Harrell placed seventh (18.06) in the 100 hurdles. Also finishing seventh was sophomore Lauren Adolph (99-0) in the discus.
The Blue Devils are scheduled to take part in the Bedford Division II district meet Thursday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the Austintown regional meet, which is set for May 23 and May 25.