MACEDONIA — His family and friends call him “ET.”
In the Nordonia Division I district record books, he will officially be listed by his first and last name, Etaijen Easter, after setting two impressive jumping records.
Easter set meet and stadium records in the long jump on Wednesday with a leap of 24-0, and then came back to Boliantz Stadium on Friday and set another meet and stadium record in the high jump by clearing 7-0.
“I am doing pretty good, but right now my main focus is to do good at the state meet,” Easter said. “I need to keep on doing what I did today, and that is staying focused and working hard.”
Easter’s 24-0 in the long jump came on his one and only attempt. He went 7-0 in the high jump on his ninth jump.
“ET amazes me every day,” Twinsburg jumps coach Chuck Glover said. “I see dedication and determination out of him every day.”
Twinsburg coach Dalanda Jackson praised Easter for “putting in a lot of hard work in the offseason” and for also “listening to his coach's instruction.”
Twinsburg won the girls team title with 147 points. Hudson (87) was second in the 13-team girls field.
Twinsburg set meet and stadium records in the girls 800-meter relay in 1:39.41 with Alyssa Willis, Mariah Myles, Nya Bussey and Nia Robinson.
The Tigers also won the 400 (49.12) and 1,600 (3:52.49) relays. Brionna McDonald, Willis, Rana Thornton and Akira Johnson ran on the 400 relay, and the 1,600 relay featured Myles, Julia Henderson, Bussey and Robinson.
“Our girls rise to the occasion, they compete and they are at their best when it matters most,” Twinsburg coach Sarah Kmet said. “They made a big statement today, especially in the relays with huge margins of victories.”
Bussey also won the 100 (11.91) and the 200 (24.46), Robinson won the 400 (55.85) and Alyssa Deeds took first in the 3,200 (11:27.54).
“I just want to keep working hard, improve each meet and make my times lower and lower,” said Bussey, an Ohio State recruit.
Bussey’s 100 and 200 times were both stadium records.
Hudson won the girls 3,200 relay in 9:36.40 with Emmaline Hannan, Sydney Gallagher, Jordyn Hopgood and Brenna Beucler. Explorer Molly Stecker won the high jump (5-6) and Beucler won the 1,600 (5:05.01).
Cuyahoga Falls' Aiamyia Dudley took first in the 800 (2:19.28) and teammate Grace Lowe won the long jump (17-8¼).
Firestone's Jordan Baith won the discus with a meet- and stadium-record throw of 147-10. Stow's Aimee Grimm won the 100 hurdles (15.45) and 300 hurdles (45.92), and Nordonia's Grace Coghill won the pole vault (10-8).
Hudson won the boys team title with 117 points. Nordonia (115) was second in the 14-team boys field.
Hudson won the 3,200 relay in 8:03.54 with Lucas Lay, Adam Beucler, Evan Manley and Luke Good. Manley also took first in the 1,600 in 4:22.15.
“This is our first district team title since 2012,” Hudson coach Mark McConnell said. “We had an outstanding performance. … We won the meet with the 4x4 [finishing second in 3:26.50 to Bedford’s 3:25.90]. We are PR’d by three seconds.”
The Hudson boys 1,600 relay included Hunter Norman, Dylan Manley, Lay and Good. Explorer Marcus Gaines took second in the high jump.
Hudson's Samoid Reed Jr. finished second in the 200 (22.45), tied for third in the 100 (11.33) with East's Romeo Felton and was on the third-place 800 relay (1:31.68) with Nivash Jayaram, Ethan Feisthamel and Jacob Clary.
“It feels good to contribute to the team in all of the sprinting events,” Reed said.
Nordonia won the 800 boys relay in 1:29.35 with Brenden Jackson, Dominick Stockle, Zack Liederbach and Sanshakir Adeyemi. Jackson also won the 300 hurdles in 39.54.
Other area boys champs were Twinsburg's Marvahun Johnson (200, 22.30); Stow's Adrian Woliver (shot put, 60-2¼), Kyle Sommer (400, 49.46) and Jason Anzaldi (800, 1:56.12); and Brecksville's David Hickin (pole vault, 14-6) and Tanner Watson (discus, 193-7).
Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or email@example.com.