by Steve Batko | Correspondent
The Tallmadge boys track and field team competed at the Austintown Fitch Division I regional meet May 21.
After the first day of competition, the girls were in ninth place with three points and the boys were in 12th place with six points.
The competition was scheduled to conclude May 23. Results were not available at press time.
The boys' 3,200-meter relay team of Brian McGovern, Nick Murray, Zack Murray and Chris LaMancusa advanced to the Austintown Fitch regional meet, which is scheduled for May 28 and 30.
The competition is set to begin at 5 p.m. both days
The team finished third with a time of 8 minutes, 6.5 seconds. =The top four individuals in each event and the top four relays teams qualified for the regional competition.
Senior standout Patrick Ferguson was unable to run in the race due to an injury.
Ferguson, who plans to continue his academic and running careers at the United States Military Academy (N.Y.), recently saw his stellar high school career come to a close due to a stress fracture.
"Patrick is not running and at this point," Blue Devils head coach Mike Srodawa said. "He has to get ready for West Point soon. It was a shame we lost him. He will go down as one of the top distance runners in our program.
"I thought the 3,200 relay ran well without Patrick. It was tough. Chris LaMancusa ran and is experienced for us."
Reaching the finals was the 800 relay of Logan Ray, Bobby Clark, Jimmy Aumont and Jordan Spano, McGovern in the 800, and the 1,600 relay team of McGovern, Aumont, Clark and Nick Murray.
"Brian has really helped us with his return and he's running very well now," Srodawa said.
Distance and middle-distance running paced Tallmadge at the recent Suburban League Championships, which concluded May 17 at Nordonia High School's Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia..
The Blue Devils placed fifth with 58 points. Nordonia won the eight-team competition with 182 points and Wadsworth (169) and Copley (106) placed second and third, respectively.
McGovern had a stellar meet and was one of four Tallmadge athletes to snag championships.
McGovern got two as he captured the 800 and ran on the title-winning 3,200 relay.
In the 800, McGovern won with a time of 1:56. He beat the field of runners by almost four full seconds.
Making an impressive postseason debut, the 3,200 relay won in 8:05.93, easily beating a strong cast from Wadsworth. The relay repeated as league champion.
Comprising the relay were Zack Murray, Nick Murray, Ferguson and McGovern.
The Blue Devils' 1,600 relay also ran second with a time of 3:27.29. McGovern led off, followed by Aumont, Clark and Zack Murray.
Sergio Rodriguez placed fifth in the long jump at 19 feet, 5 inches, while A.J. Zesiger took fifth in the 3,200 (10:07.84). Aumont captured sixth in the 100 (11.57).
Jeff Favinger grabbed sixth in the 300 hurdles in 43 seconds.
Tallmadge had its 400 and 800 relay teams both place fifth. The 400 relay (46.21) had Latrele Moore, Ray, Aumont and Spano. The 800 (1:34.77) had Clark, Aumont, Spano and Moore.
Ray placed seventh in the long jump (18-11.5). Moore ran seventh in the 100 (11.62) and eighth in the 200 (24.77).
LaMancusa took eighth in the 800 (2:05.56).
Senior Damon Gidley placed eighth in the high jump (5-4) and Nick Murray ran eighth in the 3200 in 10:31.26.