by Steve Batko | Correspondent
As the temperatures rose, the Streetsboro boys and girls and field track teams also started to heat up at the Aurora Invitational April 17.
The boys squad took second-place honors at the competition with 90 points as only powerful Chagrin Falls could beat the Rockets.
Chagrin won the meet with 133 points and Aurora captured third (85).
A healthy girls squad finished third out of eight teams with 71.5 points. Crestwood won with 93 points and Ravenna placed third (74).
"We started off really well, especially the boys, but it was a great night for track, Streetsboro head coach Tom Fesemyer said.
"It was a warm night and we had some great performances."
Senior Destiny King broke her own meet record with a winning effort of 15.74 seconds in the girls 100-meter hurdles race.
King also tied an Aurora meet record in the long jump, with a first-place leap of 16 feet, 6 inches.
Marra Woods also won the 200 with a time of 27.48 and the high jump with a season-best 5-3.
"That was really nice to see Destiny make those marks and for Woods to get her season best," Fesemyer said. "Our girls team just needs to develop some depth."
The Rockets also walked away with both sprint relay championships.
The 400 relay team of King, Delisha McMiller, Kailyn Williams and Woods took first in 51.58 seconds.
The 800 relay of Williams, McMiller, Nevels and Woods won in 1:50.23.
Fesemyer thought it was huge for his team to secure two sprint relay titles at Aurora.
"The 400 relay was great and it was something to see Woods run down the Ravenna anchor to win," Fesemyer said. "The 800 relay dominated."
Savannah Nevels raced to a third-place finish in the 100 with a time of 13.74 seconds and McMiller was fifth at 13.92. Nevels placed sixth in the 200 at 28.07 seconds.
In addition, the Rockets' 3,200 relay placed fifth (11:45.45) with Ewelina Siwik, Madison Westerh, Dana Bindus and Megan Melice.
"I thought that our 3,200 relay placing fifth was a fantastic finish for us," Fesemyer said.
Autumn Meek also placed sixth in the shot put at 29-8.
In boys' action, Fesemyer was thrilled to have his sprints shine again as Dakari Carter won the 100 and 200 races with times of 11.26 and 22.87 seconds, respectively.
Streetsboro went one-two in the 100 as Prince Franklin was a runner-up at 11.48 seconds.
"It was fantastic seeing Dakari and Prince go one-two and they helped us set the pace," Fesemyer said.
Carter and Franklin also joined Myron Jones and Daniel Sapp on the winning 400 relay team ((1:32.78) and Jones and
Parris Burton on the second-place 400 relay team (44.75).
In the hurdles, the Rockets placed second and third at the 110-meter high hurdles with Paul Jenkins (17.22 seconds) and Jonte Florence (17.6), respectively.
Victor Glass was the Aurora runner-up in the 300 hurdles. Glass posted a time of 43.52 seconds to place second.
"I thought Glass was my big surprise of the meet with how he ran in the 300 hurdles," Fesemyer said. "That was a personal-best time and he is really coming along well. Jenkins and Florence have really come on strong and that has been fun to watch."
Another huge aspect of the meet was in the discus, where Thomas Benson placed third overall with an effort of 122-10. "Thomas did a great job and had a very good place in the discus, but also threw the shot well too," Fesemyer said.
Tyler Garman also ran well.
He placed third in the open 800-meter race (2:12.92) and ran in the sixth-place 3,200 relay with Alec Bindus, Jake Suttell, and Malik Todd. Their time was 9:05.57.
"Garman had a great run in the 800 and his times are dropping dramatically," Fesemyer said.
In the high jump, the Rockets surprised with a third and a fourth-place at Aurora. Reggie Dublin placed third at 5-8 while Jenkins was tied for fourth (5-6).
"I was ecstatic about us placing third and fourth in the high jump," Fesemyer said.
Both teams were scheduled to visit Portage Trail County Division rival Mogadore April 22. Results were not available at press time.
They are set to visit Woodridge for a County Division tri-meet that also includes Waterloo April 24 at 4:15 p.m.
Both teams are scheduled to visit Rootstown for a tri-meet that also includes Southeast April 29 at 4 p.m.