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For years, members of the Cuyahoga Falls boys track and field team usually had to settle for second or lower in the distance races against longtime rival Hudson.
The Explorers have featured many distance standouts, including recent former state champions Gavin Gaynor and Kyle Mau, for what seems like eons.
While it was not enough to to win the team competition, the Black Tigers finally got the best of Hudson in a distance race.
Host Falls dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-3 in the Suburban League National Conference after falling to Hudson 89-48 April 10 at the Laybourne Sports Complex.
Bronson Luksza highlighted the Black Tigers' performance with a win in the 1,600-meter race. He posted a time of 4 minutes, 33 seconds.
Luksza also placed second (2:05) in the 800.
"That's something we haven't had against Hudson in years," Falls head coach Dieter Keller said of Luksza's win. "He is looking really good. I know he is excited about his times."
Teammate Jack Wilcoxson captured third in the 1,600 with a time of 4:37.
"We have three milers under 4:40," Keller said. "We have a much stronger distance team than we've had in the past. There was a cycle when Hudson had some really strong distance runners and now we're starting our cycle."
The Black Tigers took first place in four other events.
Jake Strausser won the 400 with a time of 51.6 seconds. He also joined Noah Dunaj, Dylon Campbell and Tony Sondles on the winning 800 relay team (1:35).
Ryan Freeman placed first in the discus competition with a throw of 121 feet, 7 inches and Jay Wilson (5-6) won the high jump.
Campbell also took second in the 400 with a personal-best time of 53.5 seconds Freeman added a second (40-2) in the shot put.
Jordan Williams and Eric Rosiak each jumped more than 18 feet to finish second and third, respectively, in the long jump.
"We are definitely more balanced this year," Keller said. "Instead of taking second, we had more firsts and thirds and more seconds and thirds."
Falls was scheduled to compete at the Big Ox Invitational April 15 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville. Results were not available at press time.
The Black Tigers are set to entertain National Conference rival Nordonia April 18 at 4:30 p.m.
They are scheduled to pay a visit to Bulldog Stadium to face National Conference archrival Stow-Munroe Falls April 20 at 4 p.m.