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Falls girls track places eighth at conference meet

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: May 21, 2017 12:00 AM
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There were plenty of things still to be determined on day two, but Cuyahoga Falls head girls track and field coach Dan Scourfield was ecstatic about his team's performance on the first day of the district competition.

The Lady Black Tigers were in eighth place with six points after the first day of the Nordonia Division I district meet May 17 at Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.

The district competition was scheduled to conclude May 19. Results were not available at press time.

"I was super happy," Scourfield said. "We ran really well. We got everybody through that we thought we could get through."

The top four athletes in each event and top four relay teams qualified for the regional competition, which is scheduled for May 24 and 26 at Austintown-Fitch High School.

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The 3,200-meter relay team of Chelsea Huffman, Kayla Huffman, Zoe King and Emily Zimmerman finished sixth in 10 minutes, 25.38 seconds.

Rachel LaFlame also placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 34 feet, 1 inch.

Qualifying for finals were Sarah Wyatt in the 100 hurdles; the 400 relay team of Kenna Shook, De'Vine Shelton, Wyatt and Katlyn Long; Shelton in the 300 hurdles; Kayla Huffman in the 800; and the 1,600 relay team of Madi Davis, Zimmerman, Anna Johnston and Kayla Huffman.

"There were a couple of nice surprises in the 100 hurdles and 4x1 (400 relay)," Scourfield said. "We counted on Kayla getting through. She is running really well. We counted on De'Vine to get through and she did. Her racing is starting to come around."

Falls placed eighth with 19 points in the eight-team National Conference of the Suburban League Championships, which concluded May 11 at Nordonia High School's Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia.

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Nordonia won the competition with 158 points and Twinsburg (125) and Stow-Munroe Falls (83) finished second and third, respectively.

"It's difficult," Scourfield said. "When you combine injuries with our youth, it makes it tough. We didn't have Jackie Shields or Kristica Barnett (both athletes did not compete because of leg injuries). I don't think we ran poorly."

Barnett competed at the Nordonia district meet May 17 and Scourfield said Shields was planning to compete May 19.

Kayla Huffman continued her stellar season. She placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:22.79.

"Kayla was phenomenal," Scourfield said.

The 400 relay team of Shook, Shelton, Wyatt and Long finished sixth in 52.13 seconds.

The Lady Black Tigers' other sixth-place finisher was the 3,200 really team of Chelsea Huffman, Kayla Huffman, King and Zimmerman (10:09.7).

Capturing seventh for Falls was the 1,600 relay team of Chelsea Huffman, Zimmerman, Johnston and Kayla Huffman (4:23.15).

Shelton took seventh (48.78) in the 300 hurdles and Wyatt captured eighth (48.78) in the 100 hurdles.

LaFlame finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 33-3.25.

Also placing eighth were the 800 relay team of Shook, Johnston, Long and Wyatt (1:54.45) and Shook in the long jump (15 feet).

"Kenna Shook was a nice surprise in the long jump," Scourfield said. "She has only been jumping for three weeks. It was a rough one although we ran well."

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