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Sprinters shine but Tigers boys track loses to Bees

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: April 12, 2017 12:00 AM

As is always the case, the Twinsburg boys track and field squad could be led by a deep sprint crew if early season indications hold up.

Youthful Twinsburg is showing flashes under first year head coach Dalanda Jackson as the Tigers lost a close league dual meet 62-56 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights April 4.

Junior Christian Edgerson excelled for the Tiger's sprint team as he won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.3 seconds and was timed at 23.6 ticks in winning the 200 race.

In addition to the sprints, Edgerson placed first in the long jump with a leap of 20-feet, 11.6 inches.

Senior Aaron McCarthy crossed first in the 1,600-meter race over Brecksville. He posted a time of 4:52.4.

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"Aaron won wire-to-wire in the 1,600," said distance coach Sarah Kmet.

Edgerson and up and coming sophomore Kaleb East scored plenty of points.

"The boys dominated the short sprints," said Jackson. "Christian Edgerson's performance led him to four first-place finishes in the long jump, 100 and 200-meters, and in the 4x200 relay."

"Kaleb East finished second in both the 100 and 200, and made his mark running great legs on both the 4x100 and the 4x200 relays."

The 800-meter relay won in 1:33.7 while the 400 relay was victorious in 46.0 ticks. East ran second in the 200 with a fast time of 24.0 seconds and raced second in the 100 with a time of 11.5 ticks.

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"Sophomore Gilbert Campbell finished third in the 100 and also added his speed on the 400 relay," Jackson noted.

Jackson also had praise for junior Khalid Thornton and other young sprinters.

"Khalid, along with sophomore Jemeel Banks, Campbell, and East worked together to run a solid 400 relay and get the victory, plus senior Sean Silas, East, Thornton, and Edgerson blew away the competition in the 800 relay for the win," said the coach.

Silas finished second in the long jump with an effort of 20-feet, 3.0 inches. Thornton was third at 19-8 feet.

Senior Omar Perrin won the high jump with a lift of 6-0 feet.

"The pole vault was canceled due to high winds, but the boys swept the high jump with Omar (Perrin) winning with a personal record," said assistant coach Chuck Glover.

Junior Billy Caplice (300-meter hurdles) and sophomore James Pope also caught the eye of Jackson.

"Billy improved his time in the 300 hurdles squeezing out a third place and James (Pope) placed third in the discus," said Jackson. Pope had a discus throw of 112-feet 5.5 inches.

Sophomore Etaijen Easter was second in the high jump for Twinsburg at 5-8, and sophomore James Bessett was third at 5-4.

Twinsburg is now 1-1 in the Suburban League National Conference dual portion of the campaign, prior to the April 11 meet against Stow-Munroe Falls.

The Tigers run at the Willoughby South Invitational April 13.

Kmet saw some solid distance running as well.

"Alex Dickson (junior) and Nick Bianco (senior) ran very nice 3,200-meter races," she said. "Alex dropped 14 seconds from his time last week and scored some valuable points."

"Both Nick and Alex continue to improve," added Kmet, who also had praise for junior Evan Wagner.

"Evan had a strong final 100 meters in the 800 to nab third-place."

The Kenston Invitational was canceled due to weather conditions April 7.

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