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Just like in the Suburban League Championships, the Twinsburg girls track team placed a strong second-place behind host Nordonia in district meet action.
The Tigers scored well to be the runners up -- again at Nordonia's Boliantz Stadium for the Division I District Meet May 17 and 19.
Nordonia won the team title by beating the Tigers 117-93 while Twinsburg finished ahead of strongholds Hudson (82) and Walsh Jesuit (80) in the deep field. The top four in each event advanced to the Austintown Fitch Regionals May 24 and May 26.
As hoped, Twinsburg sophomore Nya Bussey advanced to regionals in the 100-meter dash after she won the district title with a 12.20-second race to edge Akron Firestone's Ciara Gisstand (12:44) and Nordonia's Aja Duvall (12:47).
Bussey won over second seed Duvall, Gisstand, the 200-meter district champ, plus Bedford preliminary runner-up Chardae McKinley, a senior who ran fourth overall.
In in the 200, Bussey ran third with a time of 25.83 ticks to qualify for Sarah Kmet's club.
"Nya was a district champ in 12:20, setting herself up well for regionals," said Kmet.
Senior Morgan Kelley was a district runner-up in the 1,600-meter race at Nordonia as she registered a time of 5:12.041. That clocking for Kelley was faster than her seed time of 5:18.0.
"The girls were runners-up to a tough Nordonia squad and we scored in every track event except the hurdles," said Kmet.
Sophomore Nia Robinson was put up great times this spring was the second seed to Nordonia all-star Faith Banks in the 400-meter race.
Banks won at 56.28 ticks and Robinson was clocked at 57.28 seconds.
In the league finals of the 400 race, Robinson ran second (57.40) to Banks, who broke a meet record with a time of 55.89 seconds. Banks holds the stadium record of 55.64 back in 2016.
"Nia ran another PR in the 400 to advance," said Kmet. "Morgan Kelley punched her ticket with a strong second (in the 1,600) and a big PR of 5:12."
The Tigers' 400-meter relay team finished second overall to Hudson (50.39) with a time of 50.52 seconds. The top seeded relay had sophomore Briona McDonald, freshman Alyssa Willis, freshman Mya Harvey, and Bussey.
For the top-seeded 800 relay, it was the same story -- Twinsburg took second with a strong time of 1:42.96, edged by Nordonia (1:42.74).
Making up the 800-meter relay was Willis, sophomore Mariah Myles, Robinson, and Bussey.
Freshman Alyssa Deeds raced to a strong third-place in the 3,200-meter race.
Deeds was clocked at 11:13.42 and finished ahead of junior teammate Emily O'Connor, who had a fantastic race to place fourth in the 3,200 and qualify with a superb time of 11:21.94.
"Alyssa and Emily advanced in the 3,200, Emily running a 12-second PR in doing so," Kmet said.
Twinsburg's 1,600-meter relay team snagged third-place to qualify out at 3:59.61 behind the running of Myles, sophomore Julia Henderson, and junior Camari Griffin, and Robinson.
Junior Kelsey Dunn qualified for regionals in the shot put throw as she finished fourth overall with a toss of 34-feet, 6.25 inches.
Dunn was hopeful to make it in the discus as well, but she just missed and placed fifth with a throw of 120-feet-4.
The Lady Tiger's 3,200-meter relay team also snagged a regional berth, placing fourth in 9:47.31 with Kelley, sophomore Angela DeFabio, Deeds, and O'Connor.
"All four relays advanced," said Kmet. "The girls are legitimate threats to qualify for state in all of their regional events."
Griffin also took fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.02, just being edged out for the final regional berth by Brecksville senior Alison Rickert (59.56).
Junior Lauren Johnston performed well in the long jump with an effort of 16-feet, 4.5 inches to score and place sixth overall.
Willis raced to a sixth-place in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Gillian McKenna scored with a seventh-place effort in the 1,600-meter race. McKenna's time was 5:27.81.
DeFabio scored in the 800-meter race with a season best time of 2:26.21, good for eighth-place. Freshman Rebecca Mold also had a season-best in the same race with a 2:26.84 (10th).
Willis ran eighth and scored in the 100-meter dash in 12.99 seconds and was third in the prelims.
Senior Tayler Gill just missed reaching the district finals in the shot put as she placed 10th (31-11.5 feet). Freshman Trisha Singh and sophomore Kate Karlson came close to scoring in the high jump. Singh was ninth at 4-8 feet and Karlson cleared 4-6 feet.