Lauren Moses has been pole vaulting for little more than a year.
It’s safe to say she’s a pretty fast learner.
Moses is now a conference champion.
The Tallmadge senior placed first in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet to win the American Conference title at the Suburban League Meet.
The competition took place Tuesday at Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s Bulldog Stadium.
"For Lauren to go from placing at the league meet the year before to winning it this year was great," Blue Devils head coach Mike Srodawa said. "The fact that she has only been vaulting for a year and two months is quite an accomplishment and says a lot about her work ethic."
Sophomore teammate Anna Siesel finished eighth with a height of 7-6.
"Anna had vaulted last year at the league meet but didn’t place," Srodawa said. "So for her to place this year was great. She scored points and scoring as many points as you can possibly get is the goal."
Juniors Ravyn Edge and Kenna Loveless, sophomore Mackenzie Moran and freshman Katrina Hunt joined forces to finish second in the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 9 minutes, 56.31 seconds.
"They ran a great race," Srodawa said. "We dropped 10 seconds off our time. All four kids ran well, so it was great to see."
Junior Makayla Bechter finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 31-6 ¼. Her classmate, Jill Catalano, placed eighth with a toss of 29-9.
"Neither of those girls have been throwing for very long, so for them to place at the league meet says a lot about what their talent is," Srodawa said. "They definitely have a big ceiling as far as what they’re capable of throwing in the future."
Freshman Allison Harrell placed fifth in the high jump with a leap of 4-8.
"Allison jumped well," Srodawa said. "Going in, we figured, looking at what the other kids had been jumping, that she would be right around fourth or fifth and that’s where she ended up. It was a solid day for her."
The meet is scheduled to resume Thursday at 2 p.m.
Qualifying for Thursday’s finals were freshman Mia Hurst in the 100 and 200; Lauren Moses in the 100; junior Mabinty Kromah in the 200 and 400; freshman Aviana Miller in the 400; Harrell in the 100 hurdles; junior Morgan Moses in the 300 hurdles; and freshman Farah Heestand in the 300 hurdles.
On May 2, Tallmadge concluded the regular season by competing in the Rt. 43 Invite with Brimfield Field and host Kent Roosevelt.
The girls and boys’ team scores were combined as the Blue Devils, who scored 147 points, defeated the Falcons (140) and the Rough Riders (63).
"I felt they performed well," Srodawa said. "We tried people in different events."
Lauren Moses won the long jump with a leap of 16-5, the pole vault with a height of 10 feet and the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 13.13 seconds.
"It was a great day for Lauren," Srodawa said.
Also in the long jump, Catalano finished second (15 feet) and junior Ariyanah Waino placed third (14-4). Siesel took third (8-6) in the pole vault.
Junior Mabinty Kromah won the 200 with a time of 27.11 seconds and Siesel finished third (29.99).
"Mabinty had a really good race," Srodawa said.
Harrell captured the high jump with a leap of 4-10. Junior Katie Seeker finished third (4-8).
"Allison jumped well," Srodawa said. "She has been pretty steady all season, jumping in the 4-10 to 5-foot range, so it was good to see her continue that."
Loveless won the 3,200 with a time of 11:40.
Moses, Kromah, Catalano and Hurst joined forces to capture the 400 relay with a clocking of 51.41.
Hurst, Kromah, Loveless and Edge teamed to win the 3,200 relay with a time of 10:16.
Kromah finished second (1:03.37) in the 400. Edge placed third (1:04.98).
Morgan Moses finished second (51.25) in the 300 hurdles.Heestand took third (52.33).
Heestand placed second (17.41) in the 100 hurdles and Moran took second (2:46) in the 800.
The Blue Devils are scheduled to take part in the Bedford Division II district meet Wednesday at 4 p.m. and May 18 at 10 a.m.