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Girls track open season with loss to Austintown

April 7, 2011
Special to the Town Crier
The Boardman girls track team saw their opening meet on March 26 cancelled due to extremely cold conditions. They then opened up their outdoor season on March 29 with a tough 74-63 loss to Austintown Fitch.

The meet began with the 4-by-800 meter relay team racing to victory by running a 10:49. The team consists of senior Katie Heney, freshmen Sydni Ogilive and Breanna Gatte, and junior Victoria Moore. Senior hurdler Nicole Vlad won the 100-meter high hurdles in 16.2 and freshman sprinter, Nicole Hilliard placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.7. Moore and Heney both came back from the distance relay to place in the 1600 meter run with Moore taking first place running 5:48.7 and Heney running 5:57.4.

Freshman Emma Schwendeman placed third running 6:02.4. In the 400-meter dash, senior Carissa Plourde led the way placing first in 63.9 and sophomore Christina Claybrook took third with a time of 65.3. In the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, Vlad claimed second place honors with a time of 49.5 and Hilliard took another third in the sprint events running 28.2 in the 200-meter dash.

On Moore’s third event of the day, she placed first in the 800-meter run in 2:29.4 and Heney placed first in the 3200 running 12:18.6, also her third event of the meet. Sophomore Daisy Corso placed third in the 3200-meter run with a time of 13:34.6.

In the field events, junior Jen Bresnahan pole vaulted to first place with a vault of 8 feet and senior teammate Shelby Dofka took second place honors with a vault of 7 feet, 6 inches. Carissa Plourde took second in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 2 inches and freshman high jumper Morgan Hambrick was third with a jump of 4 feet, 4 inches. In the shot put, sophomore Giovanna Silvestri took second place with a toss of 32 feet, 3 inches and junior Megan Howard was third throwing the shot 31 feet, 1 inch. Sophomore Daisy Robinson placed second in the discus throwing 103 feet, 7 inches and Howard was third with a toss of 97 feet.

Head coach Denise Gorski said she was pleased with the efforts of her young team stating, “On paper I had us down 25-30 points to a very good Fitch team who qualified eight events to the indoor state meet. Our girls gave a tremendous effort and really took Fitch to the wire. They showed a lot of determination and heart and I was very proud of their efforts.”

The team was scheduled to travel to the Bedford Relays on Saturday, April 2 but the meet was cancelled again due to weather.



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