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Senior leaps to school record

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

Tallmadge senior Vanessa Lane set a meet record, and a personal best with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump April 1 at the Newton Falls Tiger Invitational.

The previous record of 5-2 was shared by both Tallmadge graduate Amanda Bennett and Jefferson's Lizzy Ziemski in 2009.

"Vanessa has been working hard and all of that hard work is starting to show," Lady Blue Devils head coach Mike Srodawa said. "Her confidence level has improved."

On April 4 in its first dual meet of the season, Tallmadge defeated host and Suburban League American Conference rival Kent Roosevelt 82.3-54.6.

Overall at Newton Falls, Tallmadge finished in second place with 81.5 points in the 16-team meet. Southeast won the title with a score of 100 points and Orwell Grand Valley (66) placed third.

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Srodawa was thrilled with his team's performance.

"We were missing some girls, but we had a bunch of kids step up and perform well," he said.

The Lady Blue Devils' other first-place finisher was junior Sara Johnson in the long jump with a leap of 15-11.

"Sara jumped really well," Srodawa said. "It was extremely cold. It came down to the last jump."

Freshman Rayvn Edge had two second-place finishes -- in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 50.13 seconds and in the 800 with a time of 2:35.83.

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Junior Madison Tasich finished third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.48. Lane placed seventh (55.09).

Johnson finished third in the 200 with a time of 28.58.

Freshman Kenna Loveless placed third in the 3,200, clocking in at 13:09.05.

Johnson placed fourth in the 100 with a time of 13.59 and senior Alexis Malish took seventh (14.53).

Edge and Lane joined Karaniah Rolli and Morgan Moses to finish fourth in the 1,600 relay with a time of 4:41.95.

Lane finished fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.75.

Also placing fifth with a time of 56.03 in the 400 relay were Rolli, Malish, Johnson and Amela Masic.

The 800 relay team of Malish, Tasich, Chloe Heestand and senior Ashley Lane finished sixth with a time of 2:08.69.

Johnson had quite a meet against the Rough Riders. She won the 200 with a personal-best time of 26.3. She also won the long jump with a leap of 16-3. Jillian Catalano was third (14-6) in the long jump.

"Sara is always a hard worker," Srodawa said. "She's always performing at an extremely high level. She's a true competitor. She was even better in this meet because she actually said she was relaxed and was having fun and it showed."

Senior Brittney Harris won the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.5.

"This was Brittney's first time back after getting injured last year," Srodawa said.

Harris and Johnson joined Malish and Rolli to win the 400 relay with a time of 52.9.

Harris also joined Malish, Rolli and Tasich to win the 800 relay, clocking in at 1:53.2.

Lane won both the 300 hurdles (50.5) and the high jump (5-2). Tasich was second in the 300 hurdles (50.9). Masic was second (4-4) in the high jump and Evelyn Passarelli was third (4-2).

Passarelli finished second in the 400 with a time of 1:08.

Edge was runner-up in both the 800 (2:33) and the 1,600 (5:37).

Loveless was second in the 3,200 with a time of 12:55.

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

The Lady Blue Devils are scheduled to host American Conference rival Copley April 11 before heading to Veterans Stadium for the Aurora Invitational. Both meets are set to begin at 4 p.m.

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