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Twinsburg boys run down sixth at league meet

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: May 17, 2017 12:00 AM

The young Twinsburg boys track and field squad was eager to get a measuring stick in this year's challenging Suburban League Championship Meet.

There were some positive results for the Tigers in the rugged National Conference of the Suburban League in the meet May 9 to 11 at Nordonia's Boliantz Stadium.

Youthful Twinsburg, which finished sixth out of eight teams in the National Conference, had hoped for more, but it was a good meet overall.

The Tigers were just nine points from fifth place and were only 13 out of fourth-place and less than 20 out of third-place in the standings.

Head coach Dalanda Jackson saw a lot of positives against top-notch competition.

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Deep Wadsworth won the title 144-112 over Nordonia for their program's third league title in a row.

Brecksville was third at 81 points, followed by Hudson (77), Stow-Munroe Falls (73), Twinsburg (64), North Royalton (61) and Cuyahoga Falls (49).

Senior Sean Silas had an impressive meet as did the Tiger's sprint crew, jumpers, and hurdlers.

Silas won a pair of titles. He ran lead off in the champion 400-meter relay team and also won a crown in the long jump. Silas also took fourth in the 200-meter dash.

Twinsburg's 400-meter relay team came up big with a first-place in just 43 seconds.

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Making up the 400 relay was Silas, Gilbert Campbell, Khalid Thorton, and anchor Kaleb East.

The other title for Silas came in the long jump. He won with an effort of 21-feet-01.50.

Sophomore Etaijen Easter had a huge highlight in the Suburban League Championships, as he collected his first league title.

Known as "ET", Easter captured the high jump by soaring a personal record 6-feet and 2 inches. He had previously cleared 6 feet coming into the meet and has made huge strides this spring.

Thornton is a veteran who raced to a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash.

With a best time of 11.38 seconds, Thornton ran third amongst the league's best sprinters.

East also took a third-place in the 200-meter dash with a blazing time of 22.70 seconds. Silas ran fourth in 22.92 ticks.

Billy Caplice is also improving at a fast rate as he snagged fifth-place in the 300-meter hurdles competition at Nordonia.

Caplice was clocked at 42.72 seconds, which is a superb time for the Tiger.

Senior Omar Perrin placed fifth in the high jump at 5-feet-6 feet and East ran fifth in the 100 in 11.58 seconds.

Twinsburg's 3,200-meter relay team put up a seventh-place finish with a strong clocking of 8 minutes, and 28.74 seconds.

Comprising the 3,200 relay was Evan Wagner, Aaron McCarthy, Tyler Peeden, and Alex Dickson.

McCarthy also scored in the 1,600-meter race as he was eight with a time of 4:42.36.

Brandon Walker ran a strong a strong 110-meter high hurdles race in 16.96 seconds. Walker placed eighth overall.

Senior Nick Bianco also posted an excellent time in the 1,600-meter race as he was timed at 4:47.07.

In the open 3,200 race, Dickson was 13th (10:31.36) and Peeden ran 14th (10:32.44).

Twinsburg will have plenty of opportunities to score in the upcoming Division I district Meet, set for May 17 and 19 at Nordonia. The top four in each event advance to the Austintown Fitch Regionals the following week.

The Tigers compete in a strong district loaded with quality teams and talented individuals.

Other schools at the Nordonia District are Bedford, Brecksville, Falls, Akron Firestone, Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, Hudson, Cleveland John Adams, Cleveland JFK, Cleveland John Hay, Nordonia, North Akron, Shaker Heights, Stow, Hunting Valley University School, and Walsh Jesuit.

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