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Roosevelt tops boys track team in Kent

By ROGER GORDON Correspondent Published: April 9, 2017 12:00 AM

Sophomore Lucca Passarelli was the Tallmadge boys track and field team's only first-place finisher April 1 at the Newton Falls Tiger Invitational.

He triumphed in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.45 seconds, a personal best until he bettered it with a time of 42.1 April 4 in a 73-64 loss at Suburban League American Conference rival Kent Roosevelt.

"Lucca had two fine performances," Tallmadge head coach Mike Srodawa said.

Passarelli's classmate, Sean Ambrose, placed sixth (46.75) at Newton Falls, a meet in which Tallmadge finished in fourth place out of 17 teams with 65 points.

Streetsboro won the competition with 96 points and Orwell Grand Valley (92) and Warren Champion (75) finished second and third, respectively.

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Passarelli finished second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.29. He joined Ambrose and sophomores Richard Quintrell and Nick Hussing to place second in the 800 relay with a time of 47.36.

Junior Blake Bockus also finished second in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 45 feet, 9.5 inches.

"Blake lost by very little," Srodawa said. "It's really good to see him throwing as hard as he is this early in the season. Once the weather improves, so will his throws."

Passarelli placed third in the high jump with a leap of 5-8, while Hussing was third in the long jump with a leap of 18-10.75.

Finishing third in the 3,200 relay with a time of 9:09.21 were sophomores Zach Brown, Alex Krukemeyer and Garrett Ansley and junior Ryan Riter.

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Riter also placed fifth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:55.53.

In the 3,200, Brown finished seventh, clocking in at 10:50.65.

The team of Ambrose, Hussing and seniors Dan Hepler and Vincent Sgro finished seventh in the 1,600 relay with a time of 4:01.57.

Hussing took eighth in the 400 with a time of 57.31.

Sgro joined senior Jacob Brieding, Rodney Tucker and junior Ricky Clark to place eighth in the 800 relay, clocking in at 1:45.53.

Freshman Brennan Heavlin finished second both in the 102 wheelchair with a time of 38.3 and in the mixed 402 wheelchair with a time of 2:28.74.

"Brennan has been doing a great job," Srodawa said.

The loss to the Rough Riders, Tallmadge's first dual meet of the season, came down to the very last race. That race was the 1,600 relay, which consisted of Ambrose, Hepler, junior Vince Labosky and Alex Vaughan.

"Kent Roosevelt has a very good team," Srodawa said.

Also coming down to the wire was the 800, which Labosky won with a time of 2:09. Riter was third (2:15).

"Vince passed the Roosevelt guy right at the finish line," Srodawa said. "He had some nagging injuries the last two years, but this year, he definitely looks healthy. He's running very well."

Also finishing first was Ambrose in the long jump with a leap of 18-11, a personal best. Hussing was second (18-6).

Passarelli won both the high jump (5-10) and the 110 hurdles (15.8). Sgro was second (5-4) in the high jump and Ryan Kaufman was third (4-10).

Brown won the 3,200 with a time of 10:58, and Alex Krukemeyer was third (11:11). Bockus won the shotput (measurement not available).

Riter finished first in the 1,600 with a time of 4:47. Brown (5:04) was third.

"After several years on the cross country team, this is Ryan's first year running track," Srodawa said. "He's starting to have fun with it and is making a huge contribution to the team."

Ambrose, Hussing, Passarelli and Quintrell won the 400 relay with a time of 46.2. Ansley, Brown, Labosky and Riter won the 3,200 relay (time not available).

Hussing was second in the 100 with a time of 11.6 and Passarelli was second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.1.

Lawrence Strebler was third in the 200 with a time of 25 seconds and Hunter Sally finished third in the 400 with a time of 56.2.

Ansley was third in the pole vault with a throw of 9 feet.

Tallmadge was scheduled to host the Bill Barry Invitational April 8. The results were not available at press time.

The Blue Devils are scheduled to host American Conference rival Copley April 11 and take part in the Aurora Invitational April 13 at Veterans Stadium. Both meets are set to begin at 4 p.m.

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