The Cuyahoga Falls boys track and field team scored two points during Wednesday’s Division I district meet at Nordonia High School’s Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.
The competition is scheduled to resume Friday at 3:45 p.m.
Ryan Freeman placed seventh in the discus with a throw of 137 feet, 9 inches. The top four athletes in each event qualify for the regional competition, which is scheduled to take place next Wednesday and Friday at Austintown-Fitch High School.
Qualifying for Friday’s finals were Tony Sondles in the 400-meter race and Jack Wilcoxson and Matt Hammonds in the 800.
"Tony had a near personal record," Black Tigers’ first-year head coach Robert Hoon said. "Tony has overcome a great deal as of late. It's so good to see him qualify for finals.
"He is a very hard worker and a dedicated runner. He looked absolutely fantastic and loose. He ran one of his best races of the season.
"Jack has been running very smooth lately and training well. Matt has had a tough season, overcoming an early-season injury where he separated a shoulder. Despite his late start, he is having a very strong season and setting multiple personal records."
Hoon also was pleased with the performances of Christian Casto, who ran a personal-best 24.49 seconds in the 200.
"Christian narrowly missed qualifying in the 300 hurdles and was an invaluable member of the team," Hoon said. "He filled a significant void when we lost Jacob Carleton to a mid-season injury.
"Even more, he's the kind of kid that will run whatever you need him to and will work tirelessly at it. He's a great athlete and even better kid."
Jaylen Powlowski concluded his season with a personal-best leap of 18-10 in the long jump.
"Jaylen was a late addition to the long jumpers and has excelled in a limited time," Hoon said. "He also missed his entire freshman season due to an injury.
"This year, he became the team’s best long jumper and ran his fastest times in the 100-meter dash. Jaylen has had a great season and will have big things coming in the future."
Falls finished eighth with 16 points at the Suburban League Meet, which concluded May 9 at Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s Bulldog Stadium.
Nordonia won the eight-team competition with 129 points.
Wilcoxson scored half of his team’s points after placing second with a personal-best clocking of 4:22.18 in the 1,600.
"Jack was less than three seconds away from setting a new school record," Hoon said. "Jack looked better than he has all year not just because of his best time, but also because of the aggressive nature of his race.
"He is a committed, dedicated runner and I'm pleased to see that his work, training and rehabilitation from injury have paid off."
Ryan Freeman set a personal record with a toss of 42-8 ½ during the preliminaries of the shot put.
"It was a great throw for Ryan," Hoon said. "Ryan also looked awesome [Wednesday at the district meet]."
Koby Dunford ran a personal-best time of 4:47.67 in the 1,600.
"Simply put, Koby is having an incredible season," Hoon said. "While it may seem short-sighted to keep talking about personal records for a freshman, Koby's times are incredibly strong for his age. I cannot wait to see him moving forward."
Casto achieved a personal record in the 300 hurdles (43.1).