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Boardman runners ready to take it outside

March 23, 2011
Special to the Town Crier
The 4x800 meter relay team of seniors Carissa Plourde and Katie Heney, junior Tori Moore, and freshman Sydni Ogilvie qualified to the indoor state track and field meet held at Akron University on Saturday, March 19. They ran a season best time of 10:12.22 to finish 14th out of the final 16 in the state. Plourde ran the first leg in 2:35, Ogivlie ran the second leg in 2:30 dropping four seconds off her previous best time, Heney ran 2:33 dropping three seconds, and Moore anchored running 2:32. Sophomore Daisy Corso served as the alternate for the relay.

Head Coach Denise Gorski was happy for the success of these girls saying “these four girls really clicked together in this relay and when someone didn’t have their best split, someone else picked up theirs. At the meet where they qualified for the state, Carissa and Tori had their season best splits. For Heney, this was her fourth trip to the indoor state meet and for Tori, it was her second trip. Carissa and Sydni were making their first trip to the indoor state meet. I was very proud of how these girls performed all season long both in the relay and in their individual events.”

The relay qualified for the state meet at the Arnold Classic held in Columbus on March 5 by running 10:18 and placing sixth. Moore placed ninth in the open 800 running 2:32.7 and Ogilvie placed 13th running 2:38.18, both season best times. Heney ran 12:26 in the 3200 to place ninth and Plourde ran a season best time of 66.08 in the 400. Senior Nicole Vlad placed 11th in the 60 meter hurdles running 10.01, a season best time. Junior Lesley Koch ran 8.48 in the 60 meter dash and 28.61 in the 200, both season best times. Vlad ran 28.77 in the 200 and also ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that ran 4:40 and included Plourde, Ogilvie and Moore. Corso ran a season best time of 6:13.66 in the 1600 meter run.

On March 5, four other members of the team ran at the Kent State Open Meet. Sophomore Kaitlyn Emery ran 6:21.15 in the 1600 and 2:54.08 in the 800, both season best times. Senior Chelsea Dunn ran 3:01.65 in the 800 and freshman Taylor Romeo long jumped a season best. Sophomore Christina Claybrook ran 8.96 in the 60, 68.42 in the 400, and a season best of 30.06 in the 200 meter dash.

On March 13, four girls traveled to the Oberlin Indoor Meet in the hopes of qualifying to the indoor state meet in their individual events. Moore ran a season best of 2:29.6 in the 800 and finished in third place. Heney placed second in the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:03.89. Vlad placed fifth in the 55 meter hurdles running a season best time of 9.18 and Koch ran 28.90 in the 200 meter dash.

The indoor season is now complete and the girls will open the outdoor season on Saturday, March 26 with a tri meet with Cleveland Beaumont and Cleveland St. Joseph.

The Boardman boys track team sent a handful of runners to the Arnold Classic High School Indoor Open Track Meet on Saturday at French Fieldhouse on the campus of The Ohio State University. The meet was a part of the weekend-long Arnold Classic that celebrates sports, fitness, and nutrition. Arnold Schwarzenneger himself appeared at the meet and spoke to all of the athletes and coaches.

Highlighting the Spartan success was junior Devin Campbell who finished third in the 60 meter dash in a time of 7.14 seconds. This weekend, Campbell will compete at the Nike Indoor National Championship Meet in New York City.

Also on Saturday, senior Eddie Adu-Poku placed seventh in the mile run with a time of 4:35. Junior Allen Starkey placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet 9 inches. Plus, senior Clayvon Finch finished 14th in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.91 seconds.The Spartan Indoor Track Team will next compete at Oberlin College on Sunday, March 13.

The Boardman girls outdoor track team will open their 2011 season on Saturday, March 26 at home with a triangular meet against Cleveland Beaumont and Cleveland St. Joe. This year’s team consists of 49 members with 15 returning letterwinners from last year’s team. Eight seniors will lead the way including Sarah Craven, Shelby Dofka, Chelsea Dunn, Emily Gabriele, Katie Heney, Anne Kandray, Carissa Plourde, and Nicole Vlad. There are 11 juniors, 17 sophomores, and 13 freshmen.

The team has some large gaps to fill as it lost 23 seniors from last year’s county and district championship team. Leading the way in the hurdle events will be seniors Nicole Vlad in the 100 and 300, Chelsea Dunn in the 300’s, junior Gina Devicchio and freshman Gianna Napoli. The sprint group will be led by Vlad and junior Lesley Koch, two returners from the state qualifying and school record breaking 4x100 meter relay. Also adding depth in the sprints are junior Carissa Plourde, and sophomores Julia Barnett and Christina Claybrook. Freshman Nicole Hilliard will make an immediate impact in the short sprints. Freshman Morgan Hambrick will also challenge in the sprints and will be one of the top high jumpers along with Claybrook. In the distance events, Tori Moore and Sydni Ogilvie will lead the way in the middle distance events with Katie Heney, Daisy Corso, Kaitlyn Emery and Audrey Keleman leading the long distance events. Newcomers Emma Schwendeman, Brandi Gatte, Breanna Gatte, and Tony Triglia will give added depth in the distance events. The long jump will be led by Plourde and freshman Taylor Romeo and the pole vault returns three veterans in senior Shelby Dofka, junior Jen Bresnahan, and sophomore Sarina Mauerman. The throwers will be led by junior Megan Howard, and sophomores Katrina Watkins, Giovanna Silvestri, Daisy Robinson and Jenni Burnett.

Gorski is entering her 29th year as head coach of the Lady Spartans and 33rd year overall in the program. She will be assisted by distance coach Bruce Breunig, jumps coach Glenn Sivak, hurdle coach John DePietro, throwing coach Tim Swartz, vault coach George Mavrikis, and sprint coach Carrie Davis. Head boys coach Dave Pavlansky also works with the girls and boys short sprinters.

Coach Gorski commented on the team saying, “We have many shoes to fill of the 23 seniors we lost last year. Last year, we won the County Meet for the 10th year in a row and won the Districts for the first time since 2004. We have a young team this year that is working very hard and has a lot of heart. We just need to develop much needed depth in several areas. The Federal League is very strong this year and I expect Hoover, GlenOak and Fitch to be the front runners. In our area, Fitch has a very strong team and qualified eight events to the indoor state meet.”

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Tori Moore, Sydni Ogilvie, Katie Heney, Carissa Plourde, and alternate Daisy Corso qualified for the 4-by-800 relay at the indoor state meet on March 19.



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