Boardman freshman Mark Hadley qualified for the National Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet held in Greensboro, N.C., in mid-June. Hadley will be one of 30 freshmen nationwide to compete in the ninth grade 1600-meter race. Hadley earned the trip to North Carolina with a time of 4:33 in the 1600-meter run, which was good enough for a fourth place finish Saturday at the 2011 Poland Invitational.
“I am so happy for Mark and very proud of him,” said boys distance coach John Phillips. “Mark has worked so hard this season and has been such a huge contributor to the team, this is icing on the cake to one of the greatest freshmen seasons in school history.”
Also on Saturday, the Spartans finished fourth overall as a team. Highlighting Boardman’s success was sophomore Nathan Jones victory in the 200-meter run in a time of 22.45 seconds. Also representing the Spartans was senior Trae Robinson who placed second in the 400-meter run in a time of 50.58 seconds. Senior Clayvon Finch also scored high in the 110-meter hurdles with a second place finish in 15.06 seconds.
Other Spartans that scored at the Poland event were senior Eddie Adu-Poku whose personal best time of 9:55 was good enough for a sixth place finish in the 3200-meter run. Adu-Poku’s brother, freshman Ivan Adu-Poku raced to a sixth place finish in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.53 seconds. Ivan Adu-Poku, Jones, junior Michael Moxley, and freshman Isaiah Lyle took a sixth place in 45.03 in the 4x100 meter relay.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Robinson, Ivan Adu-Poku, Moxley, and Jones finished third with a time of 3:35.23.
In the high jump, senior Leandre Jackson finished fourth with a leap of 6 feet and 4 inches. Junior John Kuczek took seventh in the shot put with a heave of 43 feet 3.25 inches, and junior Nick Lamb took eighth in the discus with a throw of 141 feet and seven inches.
Next up for the Spartans will be the 2001 Federal League Championship Meet on May 13.