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Teen earns ticket to Detroit

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: July 9, 2017 12:00 AM
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She is just 15 years old, but it seems like Ravyn Edge has been running competitively forever.

And there is some bad news for the opposition: She still has a long way to go.

Rising Tallmadge sophomore Ravyn Edge qualified for the Junior Olympics for the seventh time in her illustrious career.

The Junior Olympics are scheduled to take place July 29 to Aug. 5 in Detroit.

Edge advanced to the Junior Olympics thanks to her performances at the Amateur Athletic Union Region 4 qualifier June 30 at Lima Senior High School.

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Edge won the 3,000-meter race with a time of 12 minutes, 42.99 seconds and took second in the 1,500 with a clocking of 5:22.9.

Although Edge has been performing at a high level for several years, the competition was more fierce than ever.

"The older you get, the tougher it gets," Edge said.

Edge also finished 14th in the long jump with a leap of 12 feet, 9.5 inches.

The top six athletes in those events qualified for Junior Olympics.

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At the Lake Erie District qualifier last month at Ellet High School in Akron, she won the 3,000 in 13:18.1.

She captured third in the 1,500 in 5:26.52 and placed fifth in the long jump (14-2.75).

Edge ran the 3,000 for the first time at Ellet.

"I ran the 3,200 a couple of times in high school just to get points," Edge said. "I never ran the 3,000 before. It's seven laps and then 200 meters. I try to pick up the pace on the last lap and sprint the last 100 meters."

Edge fell just short of qualifying for the regional competition as a member of the Lady Blue Devils during the spring.

She finished seventh in the 1,600 at the Austintown-Fitch Division I district meet.

"It was a great experience for Ravyn," Tallmadge head coach Mike Srodawa said. "She had a great season. She anchored our distance group and is a hardworking kid. She doesn't question anything. That says a lot about her character."

Edge did not compete at the Junior Olympics last season. She earned an eighth-place medal in the 1,500 at the Junior Olympics earlier in her career.

"I want to get one of the top medals in both events," Edge said. "My best time in the 1,500 is 5:05. I want to go below five minutes."

Edge also believes she can reach the next level for her high school team.

After a stellar freshman season, it's safe to say no one will argue with her.

"I was really close in the 1,600," Edge said. "I feel I can do it next year. If I can push myself, I can make it to states in the 3,200."

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