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Falls boys track fights hard, comes up short vs. Bears

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: April 30, 2017 12:00 AM

The Cuyahoga Falls boys track and field team came close.

But that elusive Suburban League National Conference win still eludes the Black Tigers.

Host Falls dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-6 in the National Conference after losing to North Royalton 78-59 April 25 at the Laybourne Sports Complex.

The Black Tigers had some athletes unavailable, which may or may not have decided the outcome.

"This was a winnable meet," Falls head coach Dieter Keller said. "We had some injuries to key athletes, which made it difficult to score points in certain events, especially the field events."

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Bronson Luksza won a race and was part of a first-place relay.

He captured the the 3,200-meter race in 10 minutes, 19.4 seconds.

Luksza also joined Tony Sondles, Tommy Hillyer and Kyle Wilson on the winning 3,200 relay (8:33.7).

Jake Strausser was part of two wins.

He finished first (52.5) in the 400 and joined Eric Rosiak, Dylon Campbell and Sondles on the winning 800 relay (1:36.5).

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Jay Wilson won two individual events for the Black Tigers.

He captured first in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches and reached victory lane in the 1,600 with a time of 4:44.9.

Jack Wilcoxson placed first (2:02.9) in the 800 and Ty Gibson captured a win in the 300 hurdles in 44.4.

"As always, the boys ran hard and showed a lot of heart," Keller said. "I have a good young team and the future is bright for this particular team of track athletes."

The Black Tigers also suffered a 77-60 defeat to National Conference archrival Stow-Munroe Falls April 20 at Bulldog Stadium.

Against the Bulldogs, Lukzsa had three wins.

He took first in the 800 in 2:04.87 and joined Anthony Nichols, Jay Wilson and Kyle Wilson on the winning 3,200 relay (8:34.46) and Noah Dunaj, Campbell and Sondles on the first-place 1,600 relay (3:38.97).

Other wins came from Wilcoxson in the 1,600 (4:46.1), Gibson in the 300 hurdles (43.87) and Strausser in the 200 (23.4).

Jay Wilson added a win in the long jump with a leap of 5-6 and Kyle Wilson triumphed in the 3,200 (10:28.63).

Falls was scheduled to compete in the Bulldog Invitational April 29 at Poland Seminary High School. Results were not available at press time.

The Black Tigers are set to visit National Conference foe Twinsburg May 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Falls is scheduled to compete at the Bulldog Relays May 5 in Olmsted Falls. The competition is set to begin at 4 p.m.

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