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Tiger girls earn fourth place at Comet Relays

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: April 26, 2017 12:00 AM
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Twinsburg's girls track and field squad has the ability to fare well in dual meets as well as performing at big invitationals.

Head coach Sarah Kmet was pleased with many of the results of the latest big meet finish.

With solid scoring in a variety of spots, Twinsburg placed fourth out of 25 schools at the prestigious 62nd annual Comet Relays, hosted by Amherst Steele High April 22.

Brunswick won the team crown over powerful Strongsville 95-83 while Medina was third at 67 points, just in front of Twinsburg, which had 53 points.

The Tigers also finished ahead of quality teams from Berea-Midpark, Solon, Walsh Jesuit, and Avon.

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In upcoming action, Twinsburg will compete at Nordonia April 25 in a league dual before running at the Poland Seminary Invitational April 29. The Tigers then hosts Cuyahoga Falls in a league meet May 2.

Junior Rocki Jones continues to shine as she raced to a second-place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.64 seconds.

Jones anchored the Tiger's winning 400-meter relay team, which was timed at 49.84 seconds. Twinsburg beat Brunswick (50.16).

Joining Jones in the youthful 400 relay was sophomore Briona McDonald, sophomore Nya Bussey, and freshman Alyssa Willis.

"That was a new personal record for the 400 relay and our 1,600 continues to get strong," said Kmet.

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Kelsey Dunn finished third overall in the discus with a heave of 125-feet, 4 inches. Dunn is a junior.

Twinsburg's 1,600 relay placed second with a time of 4:05.68. This group had sophomore Mariah Myles, Willis, junior Camari Griffin, and sophomore Nia Robinson.

Also running second was the 800 sprint medley (1:50.93) with Jones, Bussey, Griffin, and Robinson.

Kmet saw her 6,400-meter relay team place second to Solon with a time of 22:05.94, which was a new school record.

The 6,400 relay included senior Morgan Kelley, freshman Rebecca Mold, freshman Alyssa Deeds, and junior Emily O'Connor.

Placing fourth was the distance medley team in 12:52.40. That was the second-best time ever for Twinsburg. Making up the team was O'Connor, Bussey, Kelley, and Deeds.

"The distance medley just missed the school record and are now number two all time," noted Kmet.

Junior Lauren Johnston helped the long jump relay score as she had an effort of 15-7.5 feet.

Kmet is also thrilled with the development of freshman Gillian McKenna, who recently had a breakout 1,600-meter race with a time of 5:35.

Kelley, O'Connor, and Desha Perea give Twinsburg depth in the open 3,200 race, plus the 3,200 relay of Kelley, DeFabio, Deeds, and O'Connor had a season best 9:58.

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