The Boardman Spartan cross country team qualified for the Regional championship with an impressive third place finish at last Saturday’s District Championship Meet held at Malone University in Canton. The Spartans last made it to regional as a team in 2008.
Sophomore Mark Hadley was the overall District champion finishing first in a time of 16:07. Classmate Alan Burns was next at 11th overall in a time of 17:01. They were followed by junior Sam Sheronovich in 25th place with a time of 17:35 and sophomore Justin Maroni in 28th overall with a time of 17:39.
The key to the Spartans regional qualifying came from freshman Juan Santiago and sophomore Jacob Kelleck who were in 37th and 44th place in personal best times of 17:49 and 17:56 respectively and put the Spartans comfortably in the top three. Senior Jacob Whitford was 81st overall with a time of 19:06.
“Just an unbelievable effort from Juan and Jacob,” said Spartan head coach John Phillips, “those guys stepped up big time for the team.”
“I could not be more proud of a team than I am of our guys,” said Phillips. “We talked all week about how close we were last year and that how now is the time for our program to take the next step. What a great team effort by all of our guys and what a great accomplishment for our program, school, and community.”
The Spartans will compete at 12:45 p.m. Saturday in the Division I Regional championship at Boardman’s home course. The top four teams and top 16 individuals will qualify for the State championship.