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Cross country wins 9th county championship

October 5, 2011
Special to the Town Crier
Boardman’s Mark Hadley raced to a second place finish in a time of 16:27, outpacing more than 145 competitors, to lead the Spartans to their ninth consecutive Mahoning County Cross Country Championship Sept. 27 at a wet and muddy Austintown Community Park.

Boardman outscored second place Fitch, 29-44; Struthers was third with 62 points. Canfield was a distant fourth place with 100.

The Spartans placed nine runners in the top 25, following Hadley were classmates Alan Burns and Justin Maroni in fourth and sixth places in times of 16:58 and 17:55. They were followed by junior Sam Sheronovich in 11th in a time of 18:12; sophomore Jacob Kelleck, 15th overall in 18:32; sophomore Trevor Leyden, 19th at 18:55; freshman Juan Santiago, 21st in 19:04; senior Jacob Kelleck, 22nd overall in a time of 19:10; and junior Colton Jenkins in 23rd in a time of 19:12.

“We take a lot pride in being the best distance program in Mahoning County,” said Spartan head coach John Phillips, “Fitch gave us all they had -- they always do when we face them -- but we hung on and came out on top.”

The Spartans were sporting their “throwback” jerseys on Tuesday paying tribute to the 2003 team that started the nine-year run.

“We are at the end of a grueling three weeks and sporting the throwbacks was a chance to have a little fun, honor or past teams, and reward our guys for their hard work during this tough part of our schedule,” explained Phillips.

This week's “Runner of the Week” award was given to Leyden who has had back-to-back strong races at both Malone and County. With the county title, the Spartans improved their record to 106-15 on the season.

Next up for the Spartans will be The Bulldog Invitational on Oct. 8 at Silver Springs Park in Stow where some of the best programs in Northeast Ohio will compete. The varsity will run at 9:30 a.m., followed by the junior varsity at 10:30.

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Boardman juniors Jacob Noll and Matt Scott sport throwback uniforms during the finish of the race at the Mahoning County Championship on Sept. 27.



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