On April 6, The Boardman girls track team remained unbeaten in Federal League action as they came from behind in the last two events to defeat Massillon Jackson, 69-68 at Jackson’s track. The meet provided plenty of excitement as the girls battled back from a 14-0 deficit at the beginning of the meet.
The 4x800 meter relay team of Colleen Kratofil, Katie Heney, Emily Bodamer, and Tori Moore all ran season best splits and had a season relay best time of 10:19.7 but were edged out by Jackson. The next event saw Jackson take a sweep in the 100-meter high hurdles as Spartan standout Nicole Vlad took a nasty fall and had to leave the meet to get emergency treatment. Lauren Davila also took a fall in the same event, which enabled Jackson to obtain a 14-0 lead early in the meet.
Doriyon Glass and Lesley Koch earned the first points for the team as Glass won the 100-meter dash in 12.8 and Koch was third running 13.5. The high jump results came in next with Rachel Cantanzriti taking third with her season best jump of 4 feet, 10 inches but the team now trailed Jackson by a score of 23-9. The 4x200-meter relay team of Nicole Biagetti, Koch, Glass, and Davila then took first running 1:49.95 and Jackson was ahead 23-14. In the next event, Tori Moore raced to first place in the 1600-meter run with a season best time of 5:35 and Katie Heney placed third with a season best of 5:45 to pull the team to within six points of Jackson. Then Jackson took the 4x100-meter relay and they were back up 31-20.
More field event results came in and pulled Boardman closer as Valerie Hood threw 39 feet, 4 inches to take first in the shot put and Heather McSuley threw a career best toss of 32 feet, 5 inches to place third. Hood also won the discus throwing 103 feet, 6 inches and freshman Giovanna Silvestri threw a season best of 95 feet, 7 inches to take an important third place but the team was still down by five points. Glass and Jionna Bodrick then came up with big points in the 400-meter dash with Glass racing to first in 62.1 and Bodrick taking third in 64.7, both season best times.
The lead for Jackson was now only two points 40-38. In the 300-meter hurdles, the team was without the services of Vlad, and Davila took another hard fall, but junior Chelsea Dunn had an outstanding performance hurdling her way to third place with a season best time of 52.49. Sophomore Moore came back in the 800-meter run to win her second individual event of the night by running a season best of 2:28 but Jackson was still ahead, 52-44.
The long jump results then came in with senior Nicole Biagetti taking second with a season best jump of 17 feet, 4 inches, just two inches shy of the school record. Glass jumped a high school career best of 16 feet, 7 inches to take third but the team was still down 57-48 with only four events to go in the meet.
Next came the 200-meter dash and a huge performance from Biagetti and Koch who went first and second in the event. Both ran season best times of 26.79 and 27.5 respectively and pulled the team within two points, 58-56. Heney came up with an outstanding performance in the 3200-meter run winning in a time of 12:26 but with Jackson taking second and third, Boardman was still down 62-61.
The only two events left were the 4x400 meter relay and the pole vault which had just gotten under way for the girls. The 4x400 team of Bodamer, Bodrick, Kratofil, and Moore fought off Jackson and won with a season best time of 4:18.1 and now the team was up for the first time all night by a score of 66-62. But in the pole vault, three girls still remained with two from Jackson and senior Karlie Ligore from Boardman. Ligore had to finish at least second for the team to gain the win and did just that by vaulting a season best of 8 feet.
Coach Denise Gorski was elated with her team's performances.
“On paper going into this meet, I told the girls we were down by five. Jackson had lost to Hoover the week before by some 70 points but they were on spring break,” Gorski said. “This win was a credit to their tenacity, their competitiveness and how they all support each other.”