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BHS boys finish second at Suburban League meet

September 26, 2011
Special to the Town Crier
Boardman’s Mark Hadley raced to a second place finish, outpacing more than 315 competitors, to lead Boardman High School to a second place finish at the Suburban League Championship Meet Sept. 20 at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

Boardman finished behind state power McDonald 47-71, the Spartans did capture the regular season crown for a ninth consecutive year. Maplewood was third with 102 points.

The Spartans placed three runners in the top 14, with Hadley’s time of 16:26, sophomore Alan Burns placing seventh in 17:18, and classmate Justin Maroni capturing 14th in 17:29.

“It was a solid performance for us,” said Spartan coach John Phillips. “We knew McDonald would be very tough competition, and they deserve to be considered one of the best teams in Ohio. Our guys responded very well. It’s fun to watch them step up to each challenge that comes along; we were just a bit short this year.”

Junior Sam Sheronovich finished 22nd overall in a time of 18:07. He was followed by seniors Jacob Whitford and Mike Moxley in times of 18:38 and 18:45 respectively which was good enough for 40th and 46th place.

“Jacob Whitford and Mike Moxley really stepped up for us, we have one of our top guys out injured so the team really needed them,” explained Phillips.

Setting a new personal best at the difficult Canfield course was sophomore Johnny Metzger in a time of 23:03. With the second place finish the Spartans record improved to 89-13.

“We have really had a tough three weeks, and having to rebound after Saturday’s Spartan Invitational really is a lot to ask,” Phillips said, “but I am very proud of the effort, our kids have a lot of pride, but we have another grueling week ahead at Malone and then the county championship so we just got to keep ‘doin’ work’.”

More than 30 schools from three different counties participate in the league set up exclusively for cross country and administered by the Greater Youngstown Official’s Association.

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Mike Moxley turns up the heat in the Suburban League Championships last week to help the Boardman boys cross country team place second out of 30 competing schools.



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