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by Steve Batko | Correspondent
Because of depth, the Streetsboro girls track and field team is better suited as an invitational team as opposed to a strong dual meet club.
Either way, the Rockets are looking to prep for the league and postseason by dropping times and improving marks. That's how teams score points in the extra season.
Head coach Tom Fesemyer had several athletes compete at the coveted 34th annual Optimist Meet May 3 at Austintown Fitch High School.
The partial team resulted in a solid 17th-place finish among 34 schools.
Senior Destiny King raced to a second-place in the 100-meter hurdles with a fast time of 15.24 seconds, just behind Warren G. Harding star Aisha Jackson (15.13).
"Destiny was winning the majority of the race until the eighth hurdle and her touching it was just enough for her [Jackson] to win," Fesemyer said. "It was close."
Another standout senior for the Rockets is Marra Woods. She placed sixth in the high jump at Fitch. Woods had an effort of 5 feet.
The rest of the Rockets ran in the 13th annual Mogadore Wildcat Invitational May 2. Ravenna won the team crown with 124 points to edge Streetsboro, which amassed 89 points. James A. Garfield was third (68), followed by Rootstown (65).
"Placing second to Ravenna is a good place to be for us," Fesemyer said.
King captured the crown at Mogadore in the 100-meter hurdles with a clocking of 15.1 seconds. She beat Rootstown's Emily Pattie (15.3).
In addition, King also won the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 5 inches.
Woods won the 200-meter dash as she was timed at 26.5 seconds. She edged Springfield's Jada Mowery (26.6).
As expected, the 800-meter relay team won with a season best of 1:49.4, easily beating Ravenna's crew (1:52.8). This relay had Kailyn Williams, Delisha McMiller, Savannah Nevels and Woods.
The 400 relay was edged by the Ravens (50.4) at Wildcat Stadium as the Rockets were timed at 50.5. The group included King, McMiller, Williams and Woods.
"It's nice to see Marra [Woods] and Destiny coming on toward the postseason," Fesemyer said. "They know this time of the season. Woods is also looking good in the sprint relays as well."
McMiller showed her potential in the 300 hurdles as she flew across with a time of 50.6 seconds. She won a title, upsetting Springfield's Sydney Corbin, who had a 51.1 time.
Woods was second in the high jump (4-10).
Meghan Westerh placed third with a strong 13:14 in the 3,200-meter race. Her sister, Madison, was next at 13:46 for fourth. Aajah Chapman raced to a fourth-place in the open 400 with a 1:07.10, while Jayanna Taylor ran seventh (1:09).
Nevels placed fourth in the 200 in 27.5 seconds, while the 3,200-meter relay was fifth with a season-best time of 11:15.
The 3,200 relay had Ewelina Siwik, Madison Westerh, Meghan Westerh and Megan Melice.
"They ran their best," Fesemyer said.
Meghan Westerh ran sixth overall to score with a time of 6:05 in the 1,600. The 1,600 relay ran fifth (4:42) with Shamia Mitchell, Taylor, Chapman and Brandi Sustaric.
"I think our distance kids ran very well, especially the 3,200 relay," Fesemyer said.
On April 29, Streetsboro fell in a double dual meet in PTC action against Southeast and Rootstown at Field High School.
Southeast edged out a pair of wins over Rootstown and Streetsboro by scores of 77-54 and 75-43, respectively.
The Rockets (2-4, 2-3) fell 88-37 to Rootstown as Courtney Brown grabbed firsts in the 100, 200, and in the high jump, plus was second to King (16-2.5 feet) in the long jump.
Lydia Wallbrown led the Pirates with four wins. She triumphed in the 800 and 1,600 races and anchored the 3,200 and 1,600 relays.
McMiller won the 300 hurdles with a time of 52.9 seconds, while Nevels was second in both the 100 and 200.
"I think Nevels will be a force to be reckoned with in the league," Fesemyer said.
The Rockets were set to compete against County Division foe James A. Garfield May 6 in Ravenna. Results were not available at press time.
They are scheduled to compete at the Twilight Meet May 9 at Jackson High School in Massillon. The meet is set to begin at 4 p.m.