The Boardman girls track team ended their Federal League dual meet season by defeating Canton GlenOak on May 4, 69-68 with the meet decided by the final event, the 4x400 meter relay. This is the first time in the eight years that Boardman has been in the Federal League that the girls team has defeated GlenOak. Coach Denise Gorski knew the team was capable of this win before the team even stepped onto the track.
“I told the girls all week that we were getting better and better with every meet and that they were capable of pulling off this win,” Gorski said. “I also told them that beating GlenOak could be the highlight of our season because it would also give us our third Federal League win for the season. We gave them a scouting report as we always do and told them if everyone did their part, we could come out on top. But it would be a close one and I told them going into the meet that I had it coming down to the last event.”
The meet began with the 4x800 meter relay team winning the first event to set the tone for the team. Freshman Breanna Gatte lead off with a season best split of 2:40, handed off to senior Katie Heney who ran a season best of 2:33 and put the team into first place. Then sophomore Tony Triglia ran her best of 2:39 and handed to junior anchor runner Tori Moore who passed the GlenOak anchor with 200 meters to go and ran her season best split of 2:27. The relay team also ran their season best of 10:19.89 in winning the event. Next came the 100 meter high hurdles and senior Nicole Vlad continued her winning ways by placing first with a time of 16.36. The next event, the 100 meter dash, saw GlenOak sweep all three places and they won the next event, the 4x200 meter relay, which put them up by eight points. In the 1600 meter run, Moore was just edged at the finish line to place second with a season best time of 5:27.76 and Heney ran a career best of 5:29.23 to finish in third place. Boardman was down by nine points when the discus results came in and it was a sweep for three Boardman sophomores gaining back nine points and tying the score. Daisy Robinson took first throwing 105 feet, 7 inches, Giovanna Silvestri second throwing 103 feet, 6 inches and Katrina Watkins threw a career best of 100 feet, 3 inches to take third place. In the 400 meter dash, senior Carissa Plourde raced to first in 65.35 and sophomore teammate Christina Claybrook was second running 66.52. The long jump results came in at this point and Plourde placed second with a leap of 14 feet, 6 inches but the team was down by one point. Vlad came back to win the 300 meter hurdles in 48.42 and the score was tied again.
In the next event, the Spartans took a one-point lead as Moore won the 800 in 2:29.18. The shot put results came in at this point and Robinson took first throwing a career best of 35 feet and Silvestri was third throwing 34 feet, 7 inches. In the next running event on the track, the 200 meter dash, the Spartans received important points from freshman Nikki Hillard who placed second running 27.41 and junior Lesley Koch who was third with a time of 28.09 putting the team up by three points with four events to go. In the pole vault, junior Jenny Bresnahan took second and senior Shelby Dofka was third both vaulting 8 feet and Boardman was up by two points. Freshman Morgan Hambrick scored one point in the high jump by placing third jumping 4 feet, 6 inches but with GlenOak taking first and second, the Spartans were now down by five points. The 3200 meter run was next and the Spartans had to win the event or the meet was over. Senior Katie Heney prevented that by running a season best time of 11:55.68 to win the event and now the Spartans were still down by four points. In the final event of the night, the 4x400 meter relay team of Claybrook, Plourde, Vlad, and Moore raced to a season best time of 4:17.60 and scored five points to lead the team to their one-point victory.
Coach Gorski commented, "this was a huge win for these girls and I told them at the beginning of the season due to a lack of team depth I wasn't sure we could pull out one Federal League Meet due to the strength of the league, but they have pulled out three. It s a tribute to their heart and they just never quit. I am extremely proud of what these girls have accomplished. It was also one of those meets that was so much fun to coach and to watch."
On Saturday, May 7, 14 members of the team competed at the highly competitive Optimist Meet at Austintown Fitch High School. Sophomores Robinson and Silvestri made the finals in both of their throwing events and both girls threw their career best in the discus. Robinson threw 117 feet, 1 inch to place seventh and Silvestri had a toss of 114 feet, 8 inches and finished in eighth place. In the shot put, Robinson had another career best toss of 35 feet, 6 inches to place seventh and Silvestri placed eighth with a throw of 35 feet, 3 inches. In the pole vault, sophomore Sarina Mauerman placed seventh with a vault of 8 feet. Sprinter Hillard made the finals of the 200 meter dash and placed sixth with a time of 27.35. And junior Moore placed seventh in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:28.30.
“I highly compliment these girls who placed in the top eight in their events,” said coach Gorski.