Winning their respective events for BCMS were eighth-grader Jordan Grantonic in the 800-meter run and the 1600-meter run; Ka’Nisha White in the shot put; Zach Fryda in the 110-meter hurdles and the 200-meter hurdles; and Evan Croutch who took first in the shot put and discus.
According to BCMS head girls track coach Kale Cretella, the team has been training five days a week since late February. She said it is much more than just the tough practice schedule that brought the team to the top.
"I believe the success of the team is based on their school and individual pride," Cretella said. "Our athletes want to present a positive image of themselves and they represent Boardman Center Middle School well. They love to participate, are willing to work hard, and adapt to any changes we make."
After Friday's meet, there was no doubt the team had achieved the goal of earning respect for their school. That pride and hard work ethic won't end with this season though. Cretella said the program is designed to keep the momentum going.
"We work in collaboration with the high school coaches as we are preparing them to be part of the team as freshmen," Cretella said. "In fact, much of the training comes from what the high school team does. We follow many of their workouts."
Next season, roughly half the team will be continuing their track career at the high school level. The loss will be a tough one for the BCMS team, but with a good group of seventh-graders, they will be able to stay competitive.
"About half of the the team will be returning next year, which will help us as our seventh-graders are strong," Cretella said. "We will be losing some phenomenal eighth-graders and will be sad to see them go."
The team will next head to Austintown on Saturday for the Austintown Invitational. It will be good practice for the BCMS team as they will return to Austintown on Monday for the middle school county championship. The county meet is the end of the line for middle schools as a team for the season. Cretella did say schools can send individuals to state though.
Results from the Friday's meet are as follows:
• Girls 100 Meter Dash: sixth place-Lily Testa, 11th place-Cassie Harsh
• Girls 200 Meter Dash: 13th-Sara Downie, 14th-Brooke Harsh
• Girls 400 Meter Dash: seventh-Catie Groubert, 10th-Anna Saxton
• Girls 800 Meter Run: first-Jordan Grantonic, fifth-Anna Saxton
• Girls 1600 Meter Run: first-Jordan Grantonic, sixth-Irina Sprankle
• Girls 100 Meter Hurdles: seventh-Meghann Morrow, ninth-Tori Augustine
• Girls 200 Meter Hurdles: eighth-Meghann Morrow, 10th-Paige Headlee
• Girls 4x100 Meter Relay: fourth-team of Sara Downie, Lauren Walker, Cassie Harsh, and Victoria Valko
• Girls 4x200 Meter Relay: fourth-team of Catie Groubert, Brooke Harsh, Sydney Lewis, and Sara Downie
• Girls 4x400 Meter Relay: second-team of Catie Groubert, Anna Saxton, Irina Sprankle, and Jordan Grantonic
• Girls High Jump: seventh-Madison Perry
• Girls Long Jump: fourth-Lily Testa, fifth-Cassie Harsh
• Girls Shot Put: first-Ka'Nisha White, 11th-Alexis Cailor
• Girls Discus Throw: second-Ka'Nisha White, ninth-Maya Ballard
• Boys 100 Meter Dash: 15th-Jon Cina, 16th-Matthew Brown
• Boys 200 Meter Dash: ninth-Sean Allan, 11th-David Collins
• Boys 400 Meter Dash: sixth-Brian Fryda, eighth-Alex Duda
• Boys 800 Meter Run: second-Andrew Gable, ninth-Adam Deeley
• Boys 1600 Meter Run: second-Andrew Gable, third-Adam Deeley
• Boys 110 Meter Hurdles: first-Zach Fryda, seventh-Brian Fryda
• Boys 200 Meter Hurdles: first-Zach Fryda, ninth-Brian Fryda
• Boys 4x100 Meter Relay: seventh-team of Sean Allan, Matt Filipovich, Matthew Brown, and Evan Croutch
• Boys 4x200 Meter Relay: seventh-team of Tyler Kellam, Sean Allan, Jon Cina, and Matthew Brown
• Boys 4x400 Meter Relay: fifth-team of David Aey, Adam Deeley, Alex Duda, and Andrew Gable
• Boys High Jump: third-Zach Fryda, fifth-David Collins
• Boys Long Jump: seventh-David Collins, 12th-Mat Berringer
• Boys Shot Put: first-Evan Croutch, fifth-Jon Michael Dana
• Girls team rankings after 14 events scored: first-Warren (113.40), second-Boardman Center (81.50), third-Beaver (63.20), tied for fourth-P. Ross Berry (54) and Maplewood (54), sixth-Volney Rogers (46.20), seventh-East Palestine (45.50), eighth-David Anderson (31), ninth-Newton Falls (30.20), and tenth-Wilson (27)
• Boys team rankings after 14 events scored: first-Boardman Center (92), second-P. Ross Berry (86), tied for third-Maplewood (74) and Wilson (74), fifth-Warren (52.25), sixth-Struthers (51.25), seventh- Volney Rogers (40.25), eighth-David Anderson (21), ninth-Newton Falls (19.25), 10th-East Palestine (19), and 11th-Beaver (17)
Photos special to the Town Crier
Finishing at the top of of the 2011 Howard Parker Invitational last Friday are team members, in front: Sara Downie, Catie Groubert, Brooke Harsh (trophy), Jordan Grantonic, Mat Berringer, Sean Allen, Andrew Gable, Jon Cina, and Adam Deeley. In back row are Kelly Hobbs, Cassie Harsh, Irina Sprankle, Ka'Nisha White, Maya Ballard, Meghann Morrow, Phil Ginnis, Shamar Gilmore, Connor Kenneally, and Eric Jones.