On Feb. 6, 11 members of the Boardman girls’ indoor track and field team competed at Mount Union University for their opening meet of the season. Senior hurdler Nicole Vlad had the highest finish of the day placing fourth in the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 9.68. The 4-by-800-meter relay team placed sixth in the meet running a time of 12:00.95 and consisted of sophomores Audrey Keleman and Daisy Corso and seniors Chelsea Dunn and Katie Heney.
In the 1600-meter run, Heney came back after the relay to run 5:52.18 and place seventh and on her last event of the day, she placed ninth running 2:43 in the 800 meter run.
Senior pole vaulter Shelby Dofka and sophomore Sarina Mauerman both vaulted six-feet, six inches to tie for seventh place. Senior sprinter Carissa Plourde ran 70.20 in the 400-meter dash placing ninth and also long jumped 13-feet, eight inches to also place ninth in that event. Dunn ran the 400 in 79.32; freshman Taylor Romeo long jumped 11 feet, eight inches; Corso ran 6:22.65; and sophomore Kaitlyn Emery ran 7:07.25 in the mile. In the 55-meter dash, Vlad ran 7.88, junior Lesley Koch ran 7.91 and Plourde ran 8.56.
Sixteen girls then made the trip on Feb. 20 to Kent State for their second indoor meet of the season. The highest finish of the team was the 4-by-800-meter relay running a season best time of 10:34.58. Team members were freshman Sydni Ogilvie, junior Tori Moore, Plourde and Heney.
Sophomores Corso, Emery, Toni Triglia, and Dunn ran 11:44.6 in Boardman’s second entry into this event. Heney came back seven hours after the relay to place ninth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 12:02.9. Moore came back five hours after the relay to run 2:32.93 and place 11th in the 800-meter run.
Vlad made it to the finals in the 60-meter high hurdles and ran 10.11 in the finals to finish thirteenth overall in the meet. In the 60-meter dash, Koch ran 8.57, sophomore SueJude Hamdan ran 9.25 and Romeo ran 9.41. In the 200-meter dash, Vlad led the team with 28.71 followed by Koch at 28.83, Plourde at 29.87, sophomore Christina Claybrook at 30.2, Romeo at 32.06, and Hamdan at 32.23. In the 400-meter dash, Plourde ran her season best time of 66.87 while Emery had a season best time in the mile of 6:37.31 and freshman Anya Bolger ran 7:16.83. Shelby Dofka had a season best indoor performance of six feet, nine inches in the pole vault and Romeo a personal best indoor of 12 feet, four inches in the long jump. In the 800-meter run, Ogilvie ran 2:40.88, Triglia ran 2:55.09, Corso ran 2:57.18, and Dunn ran 3:01.13.
The indoor team has had approximately 30 girls coming to practice on a regular basis since the first week in January. Head coach Denise Gorski, in her 33rd year in the program and 29th as head coach stressed that all of the girls have been working very hard.
“All of the girls attending the majority of practices for the indoor team have made a commitment to better themselves displaying a tough work ethic in the hallways and enduring some very tough winter weather like our distance runners who have practiced in the snow most of the season,” she said. “Some events such as high jump and throwing haven’t even been able to practice their actual events but they have worked extremely hard in the weight room or in sprinting in the hallways. I have been very pleased with our first two indoor meets. In the last meet at Kent State on Feb. 20 it was the longest indoor meet I have ever coached in 33 years of coaching track. It was the only meet held that day across the state so most of our running events had to wait anywhere from five to seven hours before they ran again. Yet they produced some of their best times of the season so I was very proud of how they handled the situation.”
The Boardman boys track team sent a handful of runners to the Kent State University High School Indoor Open Meet on Feb. 20, one of the largest in history at KSU. Highlighting the Spartan success was junior Allen Starkey who finished second in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, seven inches. Junior Devin Campbell placed fourth overall in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.13 seconds.
Also on Sunday, senior Eddie Adu-Poku finished seventh in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:59. Adu-Poku was also part of the 4-by-800-meter relay team that placed ninth overall in a time of 8:51, he was joined by classmate Corey Zell and sophomores Pete Stafford and Sam Sheronovich. Rounding things out for the Spartans was senior Clayvon Finch with a 12th place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.82 seconds. The Boardman Indoor Team will next compete on the weekend of March 5-6 with some team members running at Ohio State University and others at Kent.