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Boardman girls qualify four events to state meet

Hood earns shot put honors

March 25, 2010
The Town Crier

The 2010 indoor track season for the Boardman girls  team came to a very successful end on March 20 as four girls in four different events qualified to the State Indoor Championships held at the University of Akron. Senior Valerie Hood earned her first trip to the indoor state meet by throwing a career indoor best of 37 feet, 9-and-three-quarter inches at the Oberlin last chance qualifier held March 14. At the state meet, she came in ranked fifth and threw 36 feet, good enough for sixth place and earning a trip on the podium as All-Ohio. The top eight in each event received All-Ohio honors.

Junior Katie Heney qualified for the third year in a row in the 3200 meter run. At the Oberlin meet, she ran a season best time of 12:00.88, a time that put her in position to make the indoor state meet. At the state meet, she came in ranked 14th out of the final 16 competitors and placed 10th with a season best time of 11:52.38. Senior Nicole Biagetti earned her first trip to the indoor state meet in the long jump and came into the meet ranked ninth as a result of her 16 feet, five inches at Kent State earlier in the year. At the state meet on Saturday, she jumped 16 feet, one inch to finish in 11th place. Junior Nicole Vlad competed at her first indoor state meet in the 60-meter hurdles and qualified by virtue of a 9.55 time run at a Kent State meet earlier in the season. At the state meet, she hurdled to a time of 9.95, her second best time of the season and finished in 13th place.

Head coach Denise Gorski was elated with the performance of her girls and very complimentary of her coaching staff who helped advance these girls to this competition. 

“These girls worked very hard and made a full commitment to the entire indoor season to advance to the indoor state championships. I was very proud of their performances at the state meet,” Gorski said. “Valerie has thrown very well all season long and although I know she wanted to throw farther at the state meet, she still received All-Honor honors. Our throwing coach, Tim Swartz has really increased her strength with his strong weight lifting program and worked hard on her technique. Katie Heney had a great race in the 3200 in a loaded field of runners. She has worked hard coming off a stress fracture suffered at the end of the track season last year. Her distance coach, Bruce Breunig has done a great job with her and the distance runners. This was Nicole Biagetti’s first year in the indoor season as in years past she has been in J.O. volleyball. I know she wanted to make the podium but as I told her it was just an honor to be among the top 16 in the state. I highly compliment her coach, Glenn Sivak and his work with all of our jumpers on technique and weight training. And Nicole Vlad is just such a fierce competitor. She is one of the hardest workers on the team and coaches Dave Pavlansky and John DePietro have provided the expertise to help her accomplish this state honor.”

Before the state indoor meet, two other girls besides Heney and Hood traveled to the last chance qualifier at Oberlin on March 14. Senior Kristie Stoll ran a career indoor season best time of 12:32.41 in the 3200 meter run and placed fourth and senior Heather McSuley threw 29 feet in the shot put. 

Coach Gorski commented, “Kristie and Heather were both standing in the top 35 in the state and wanted one more shot at making the indoor state meet. Although they came up short, they worked hard to put themselves on this list. I again compliment all of our girls who competed on the indoor team committing themselves for three months to this program. Now it’s time to focus on the outdoor season."


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Boardman shot put star Valerie Hood takes her place on the winners' platform after placing sixth in the indoor state qualifying meet last week. Hood also earned All-Ohio honors at the meet.



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