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The Tallmadge girls track and field team was in second place all the way up until the final three events April 8 at the Bill Barry Invitational in Thomas Rossiaky Stadium.
The Lady Blue Devils wound up in fourth place with 86 points out of seven teams.
Rocky River won the competition with 111 points and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (108) and Highland (99) finished second and third, respectively.
"Our lack of depth is hurting us right now," Tallmadge head coach Mike Srodawa said. "Any injury, like a sore hamstring, to any of our runners makes a big impact on our team, especially in dual meets. The kids are all fighting, though."
Three nights later, on April 11, Tallmadge lost 98-39 to Suburban League American Conference rival Copley, also at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium.
At the Bill Barry Invitational, junior Sara Johnson led the way for the Lady Blue Devils. She finished first in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 8 inches.
Johnson also had two second-place finishes: a time of 12.63 seconds in the 100 and a time of 27.27 in the 200.
Senior Brittney Harris won the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.05.
"Brittney pretty much lost last season due to injury, so she's got some rust, but she's looking better in practice and she's looking better in each meet," Srodawa said. "It's just going to take a little bit of time."
Johnson and Harris also joined junior Madison Tasich and senior Alexis Malish on the winning 400 relay with a time of 51.87.
"That was a pretty fast time," said the coach. "They ran well."
Senior Vanessa Lane finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5-2.
Also placing second was the 800 relay team of Harris, Malish, Tasich and Karaniah Rolli, clocking in at 1:51.69.
Tasich finished third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.41.
Also placing third was freshman Rayvn Edge with a time of 2:36 in the 800.
Lane placed fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.62. Edge took fifth in the 1,600, clocking in at 5:39.
The 3,200 relay team of Claire Cate, Morgan Moses, junior Kaitlin Meadows and Ashleigh Hughes placed fifth with a time of 12:01.3.
Freshman Jill Catalano finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 13-5. Senior Jessica Gardella also was sixth in the shot put with a throw of 27-5.
Placing sixth in the discus was senior Ashley Lane with a toss of 82-10.
Rolli, Edge, Catalano and junior Evelyn Passarelli finished sixth in the 1,600 relay with a time of 5:33.
Against Copley, Johnson won both the 200 with a time of 27.3 and the long jump with a leap of 16-1.5, beating the second-place finisher by more than two feet.
Edge also had a pair of first-place finishes. She won the 800 with a time of 2:36.85, besting the second-place runner by a whopping 12 seconds. She also won the 1,600 with a time of 5:43.93, winning by more than 11 seconds.
Harris won the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.45.
"Brittney got out in front and was able to hold on," Srodawa said.
Lane won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet. Tasich finished second in the 300 hurdles, clocking in at 50.5.
Placing second in the high jump was Amela Masic with a height of 4-8.
Third-place finishers were Morgan Moses in the 400 (1:09.53), freshman Kenna Loveless in the 1,600 (5:56.48) and junior Lauren Bradshaw in the discus (77-11).
Tallmadge (1-1, 1-1) was scheduled to compete Aurora Invitational April 13. Results were not available at press time.
The Lady Blue Devils are set to travel to Barberton April 18 and are scheduled to host Highland April 20. Both meets are set to begin at 4 p.m.