by Steve Batko | Correspondent
As a tune-up for the league championships, the Streetsboro girls track and field team placed a respectable ninth at the 18-team Jackson Twilight Meet to wrap up the regular season.
The Rockets scored 34 points May 9 at Rick Neitzelt Stadium in Massillon.
North Canton Hoover won the event with 95.5 points, followed by Nordonia (61) and Brunswick (57).
"We knew going into the Jackson meet that the competition was very stiff and we were right," head coach Tom Fesemyer said.
Seniors Marra Woods and Destiny King continue to perform well as they hope to have another outstanding postseason in 2014.
Woods placed second in the high jump as she cleared 5 feet. She also ran in both the 800- and 400-meter relays, which placed third and fourth, respectively. In addition, Woods ran sixth in the 100 (27.48).
"Marra performed very well for us," Fesemyer said.
King finished third in the 100 hurdles in 16.17 seconds. King also placed third in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, and 7 inches.
"Destiny was winning the hurdles race until about halfway when she hit a hurdle," Fesemyer said. "It was a good race."
In addition, King also ran in the 400 relay (50.61) along with Delisha McMiller, Kailyn Williams and Woods.
Comprising the 800 relay (1:47.99) was Williams, McMiller, Savannah Navels and Woods.
"Both of our sprint relays posted season-best times so that's nice to see them coming together like that," Fesemyer said. "This is the time of year to peak.
"We are a much better invitational team than a dual-meet team because of our depth, but we want to have as many kids make all-league as we can."
Streetsboro finished 2-3-1 in the County Division after a 64-64 tie against James A. Garfield May 6 in Ravenna.
King had a strong meet as she posted a season high in winning the long jump at 17-1. She beat Lauren Jones, one of the more versatile athletes in the PTC. King also won the 100 hurdles (15.1).
"That was a great jump for Destiny and her career best of 17.5.5 feet came in the regionals last season," Fesemyer said.
Woods won the high jump (5 feet) and also beat Jones in the 200 with a time of 27.5 ticks.
Other highlights was Meghan Westerh winning the 3,200 (13:53) and McMiller winning the 300 hurdles (51.4).
"Westerh ran very well and did what she needed to do," Fesemyer said.
Fesemyer also had high praise for throwers Autumn Meek and Sammie Dilts.
The Portage Trail Conference Championships are scheduled to take place May 14 and 16 at Ravenna.
The competition is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. both days.