The Federal League track and field championships were held at Massillon Perry High School, Friday, May 13. After a two-hour storm delay, the meet concluded with the Boardman girls team finishing in sixth place with 62 points. North Canton Hoover won the meet with 143 points and Fitch was second with 108 points. The Lady Spartans also finished sixth overall in the league with their finish at the championships and a 3-4 dual meet season record in the league.
Two sophomores, Daisy Robinson and Giovanna Silvestri, earned Federal League Honorable Mention honors by placing third in their respective events. Robinson threw a career best toss of 37 feet, 8 inches in the shot put and Silvestri threw 111 feet, 9 inches in the discus to finish in third. Robinson was also fifth in the discus with a toss of 106 feet, 10 inches.
Two athletes finished fourth in their event, senior Nicole Vlad and junior Jenny Bresnahan. Vlad ran a career best time of 15.99 in the semis of the 100 meter high hurdles, then ran 16.73 in the finals to finish fourth. Bresnahan was fourth in the pole vault with a season best vault of 8 feet, 6 inches. Four girls finished fifth in their respective events; Vlad, senior Katie Heney, junior Tori Moore, and freshman Nikki Hillard. Vlad ran 48.48 in the 300 meter hurdles and Hillard 27.67 in the 200 meter dash. Moore secured ?fth place in the 1600 and 800 meter runs with season best times of 5:26.68 and 2:26.10. And Heney ran a career best time of 11:41.81 in the 3200 meter run, dropping some 15 seconds from her previous best time.
Three events scored points with their sixth place ?nish. In the high jump, freshman Morgan Hambrick earned her place by jumping a season best of 5 feet in the high jump. The 4x100 meter relay team of Hillard, junior Lesley Koch, Vlad, and sophomore Julia Barnett ran a season best time of 52.21 and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of sophomore Christina Claybrook, senior Carissa Plourde, Hambrick, and Moore ran 4:18.26. Three events placed seventh with the 4x200 meter relay team of Hillard, Koch, Barnett, and Plourde running a season best of 1:50.98. Plourde had a career best jump of 15 feet, 10 inches in the long jump and also ran a season best time of 63.03 in the 400 meter dash to take seventh place in both events. And rounding out the scoring with an eighth place finish was the 4x800 meter relay team with a time of 10:59.58 comprised of sophomore Audrey Keleman, and freshmen Breanna Gatte, Emma Schwendeman, and Brandi Gatte.
Head coach Denise Gorski commented, "I was very happy with the effort these girls all gave and 12 out of 17 events had their season best performances. You can't ask for anything more than giving your best and that's what they did. We knew going into this season that we lacked team depth but these girls made up for that with a lot of heart and a never-say-quit attitude. But in this highly competitive league, you have to have team depth. It was a credit to them to win three dual meets this season and cap off the regular season with an upset win over Canton GlenOak. I am very proud of what this team has accomplished. Now we head into the second half of the season with the district and regional meet in hopes of qualifying events to the state meet."