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Tigers stun field to win district title

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: May 24, 2017 12:00 AM
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In a huge turnaround from the league meet, the young and talented Twinsburg boys track and field team had some high finishes in a host of events at the Nordonia Division I District Meet.

To the liking of first-year head coach Dalanda Jackson, Twinsburg put it all together at the districts May 17 and 19 at Nordonia High.

The top four in each event advanced to the Austintown Fitch Regionals May 24 and May 26 at Falcon Stadium.

At that same Boliantz Stadium track a week earlier, Twinsburg was sixth out of eight teams in the deep National Conference of the Suburban League the weekend before districts.

It was a good showing with many good times, but the Tigers elevated their performances in districts.

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With 87 points, Twinsburg captured the team district team championship by outscoring runner-up Hudson (79), Walsh Jesuit (74.5), Brecksville (63.5), Shaker Heights (62) and defending co-champion Nordonia (58).

Last year, the talented Tigers tied Nordonia for team honors.

This year's crown was paved by the team's performances in the field events and by the Tigers' sprint corps.

"I think the boys were surprise district champs largely in part to finally being healthy," said Twinsburg assistant coach Sarah Kmet. "The boys earned almost all their points in the sprints and jumps."

Twinsburg went 1-2 in the long jump in districts.

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Junior Christian Edgerson captured a district championship in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 11 inches.

Edgerson's strong jump beat senior teammate Sean Silas, who was first after the preliminary jumps.

Silas reached 22-feet-4.5 feet for second place. It was the same distance as his first-place jump in the preliminaries.

In the high jump, sophomore standout Ateijen Easter won his first-ever district championship as he cleared 6-foot at Nordonia. Easter is better known by teammates as E.T. Easter's season best is 6-feet-2.

Senior Omar Perrin also reached regionals in the high jump, plus in in the 200-meter dash finals, Silas and sophomore Kaleb East ran second and third, respectively.

"Christian Edgerson and Sean Silas going 1-2 in the long jump and ET Easter and Omar Perrin going 1-4 in the high jump were huge points," said Kmet.

In the 200, Silas was clocked at 22.72 seconds and East crossed in 22.77 seconds. Only Bedford standout senior Savion Sales was faster at 22.30 ticks.

Edgerson ran second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.24 seconds, just in front of junior teammate Khalid Thornton, who crossed third in 11.33 seconds. The duo ran 1-2 in the preliminary heat.

Jackson loved all of the points from the sprint crew. Twinsburg's 800-meter relay team came close to a title, running second to Bedford with a clocking of 1-minute, 30.26 seconds.

Running in the 800 relay for Twinsburg was Silas, Edgerson, Thornton, and East.

Perrin did his part in the high jump as well. Perrin qualified for regionals. Perrin, a veteran jumper, placed fourth in the high jump as he cleared 5-feet, 11.0 inches.

The Tiger's 400-meter relay team advanced to regionals by placing fourth overall in a deep field with a time of 44.75 seconds.

Comprising the 400 relay was Silas, East, Edgerson, and sophomore Gilbert Campbell.

"Both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays advanced to regionals, and with some cleaning up of their exchanges, they should be able to make a push for state," Kmet said.

Senior Aaron McCarthy placed sixth in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:01.37 for the Tigers.

Scoring solid points for Twinsburg was junior Julius Edgerson, who took seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.71 seconds. He also ran seventh in the 300 hurdles at 41.44 seconds, and in the 1,600-meter relay.

The 1,600 relay of junior Billy Caplice, East, Julius Edgerson, and McCarthy ran well to place sixth in 3:31.05.

Twinsburg's 3,200-meter relay team also scored and placed sixth in 8:29.96 with junior Evan Wagner, McCarthy, junior Tyler Peeden, and junior Alex Dickson.

Combined with the girls squad, Twinsburg left the district as the best combined program, having the most combined championships and runner up finishes, according to Kmet.

Nick Bianco had a strong showing in the 1,600-meter race as the senior registered a time of 4:48.43, which is over three seconds fast than his seed time.

Senior Matt Fetsko had a good shot put throw of 35-feet, 3.50 inches and a discus toss of 108-feet-9.

Sophomore James Pope placed 12th for Twinsburg in the discus competition. His throw travelled 114 feet.

Improving junior Logan Ingram was 14th in the shot put at 35-9.50 feet, just ahead of Fetsko.

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