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Falls boys track places second at Longstreth Relays

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: April 9, 2017 12:00 AM

Cuyahoga Falls' third-year head boys track and field coach Dieter Keller likes to see his athletes score points.

However, when it comes to dual meets, Keller prefers to see his athletes score a larger amount of points in their events.

"We've had a lot of second places," he said. "What we need is more winners. When the other team gets first and third and we get second, that's a huge difference. We need to get first places and multiple placers."

As a result, the Black Tigers dropped to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the Suburban League National Conference after falling to host Wadsworth 94-43 April 4 at Art Wright Stadium.

Jay Wilson won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches and the 800-meter relay team of Noah Dunaj, Dylon Campbell, Tony Sondles and Jake Strausser took first in 1 minute, 39.5 seconds.

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Keller has been pleased with thrower Ryan Freeman, who captured first in the discus (no measurement available).

"He has gone from 105 to 121 feet," Keller said. "He's also throwing 42 feet in the shot. That's really solid for a sophomore. I think he's going to be really good in a couple of years."

Falls' other first place came from Jack Wilcoxson, who triumphed in the 3,200 (no time available).

"Jack has been running a lot of miles and 800s," Keller said. "To win his first 2-mile race against a heavyweight school says a lot about him.

"He runs like a veteran. He has size, confidence, endurance and strength. I think he is going to be one of the better distance runners to come out of Falls."

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Although none of them reached the winner's circle, the throwers have been very steady, according to Keller.

"Our throwers looked really good," he said. "Oscar Figueroa is throwing really well. Oscar and Ryan are our top two in the shot and discus."

The Black Tigers finished second with 72 points at the six-team Frank Longstreth Relays April 1 at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson.

Alliance Marlington won the competition with 81 points and Mayfield and Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral Latin each took third with 61 points.

"We were out in front in the sprint medley," Keller said. "Jake Strausser tripped. He still crossed the finish line and finished second, but he was disqualified because the baton went flying. It would have been close."

Falls' distance medley team of Wilcoxson, Sondles, Kyle Wilson and Bronson Luksza won with a time of 11:29.

"Our distance runners looked very good on a very cold day," Keller said. "The majority of our distance guys are freshmen."

The Black Tigers also shined in one of the throwing events. The discus trio of Evann Reid, Freeman and Garrett Peace won with a total distance of 308-3.

Jay Wilson had the second highest jump of 5-8.

"We had three jumpers clear multiple heights," Keller said. "That's the first time that's happened since I've been coaching here. The field events have looked really great."

Host Falls lost its season debut to National Conference foe Brecksville-Broadview Heights 80-52 March 28 at the Laybourne Sports Complex.

The Black Tigers got victories from Jay Wilson (5-6) in the high jump; Anthony Nichols (4:57) in the 1,600 and Luksza (2:08) in the 800.

Falls also won the 400 relay with a time of 46 seconds. That unit comprised Scott Smith, KJ Pamer, Jordan Williams and Dunaj.

The Black Tigers were scheduled to compete at the Rough Rider Invitational April 7 at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent. Results were not available at press time.

Falls is set to host National Conference foe Hudson April 10 at 4:30 p.m. The Black Tigers are scheduled to compete at the Big Ox Invitational April 15 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Louisville. The competition is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.

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