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By ERIC CLUTTER | CORRESPONDENT
Good weather finally made its way to a track event this young season.
That was good news for the 45th annual Rough Rider Invitational on Friday at Roosevelt High School.
Three area teams were among the nine boys teams and 10 girls teams competing.
The Field boys had a great showing with a third-place finish of 96 points -- just one point behind runner-up Akron Firestone and 10 points behind winning-school Green.
The Falcons won the 4x800-meter relay and took runner-up in the 3,200 (Nate Conroy) and high jump (Gage Landis) to highlight their evening.
The Rootstown boys finished fifth with 71 points.
Senior William Morgan won both the 1,600 and 3,200 races to spark the Rovers.
"That was the best double of his life," said Rootstown head coach Larry Bailey of his standout runner. "Will did a pretty good job tonight."
Rootstown junior thrower Lane Hluch also had a strong showing, winning the shot put and placing runner-up in the discus. His brother, freshman Connor Hluch finished right behind him in the discus.
Bailey was happy with the weather -- and his team's showing, especially going up against much bigger schools.
"The weather was a lot better than last weekend," he said. "We're always the smallest school here. We come for the competition and to get ready for the (postseason). We have a lot of freshmen, and we're doing OK for a small team (24 members)."
The Kent Roosevelt boys finished with 55 points.
On the girls' side, junior Alex Marsinek of the Rough Riders put together a 22-point evening. She took second in the 300 hurdles and long jump and placed fourth in the 100 hurdles.
"She had a great night," said Roosevelt head coach Kate Swango. "This year as a junior, she has really turned it on athletically. She is a little bit stronger, and we are just seeing more focus and determination out of her, which is amazing. She is very versatile."
The Roosevelt girls finished fifth with 76 points.
"We're a work in progress," said Swango. "We're not where we want to be yet, but we don't want to peak too early. We start (PTC) competition Tuesday. We're young; we graduated some quality athletes."
The Rootstown girls finished sixth with 58.5 points. The Field girls tallied 15 points.
Cuyahoga Falls won the girls' team competition with 127 points and successfully defended their 2013 title at the event.