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Girls track races to strong finishes

February 29, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

The month of February has been a busy one for the Boardman girls indoor track team. Seven girls attended the third indoor meet held at the new Youngstown State University WATTS Center on Saturday, Feb. 18. Junior Lauren Davila continued her excellence in the shot put by placing fourth with a toss of 33-11 1/4. Her throwing teammates also did well with senior Megan Howard throwing a career indoor best of 31-9, placing tenth. Junior Katrina Watkins placed 11th with a career indoor best of 31-2 1/2, freshman Ka'nisha White place 14th with a throw of 30-10 and junior Jenni Burnett threw 27-1/4. In the 60 meter high hurdles Davila placed 13th running 10.51 and senior sprinter Lesley Koch ran an indoor best time of 8.43 to place 14th in the 60 meter dash. Junior Sarina Mauerman continues to do well in the pole vault placing third with a vault of 8-3.

On Friday, Feb. 24, 25 members of the team traveled to the Spire Institute in Geneva for their fourth indoor meet of the season. Freshman distance runner Jordan Grantonic ran 12:25.44 in the 3200 meter run, placing fifth with her career best time. She currently sits in 25th place in the state overall. The top 16 in the state will move on to the indoor state meet held on March 17 at Akron University. Sophomore teammate Emma Schwendeman ran her first 3200 run of the season placing ninth with a time of 12:57.59 and sits 44th in the state. And junior Daisy Corso raced to 10th place in the same event with a time of 13:12.07 and is ranked 50th in the state. The 4 x 800 meter relay team of sophomores Trista Cunningham and Brandi Gatte, junior Kaitlyn Emery and freshman Regan O'Hara raced to 11:23.26, placing fourth in the meet. Cunningham also raced to an indoor career best time of 2:41.66 in the 800 finishing in 13th place and knocking some 14 seconds off her previous time. Gatte knocked 25 seconds off her best 1600 meter time running 6:10.53; O'Hara run 6:14.30 and Emery ran a season best time of 6:45.85.

In the sprint and hurdle events, the 4 x 200 meter relay team of sophomore Nikki Hillard, seniors Lesley Koch and Tori Moore and freshman Heaton O'Hara ran a season best time of 1:53.59 to finish in sixth place knocking four seconds off their previous time. The relay currently stands 27th in the state. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Heaton and Regan O'Hara, junior Christina Claybrook and Moore ran a season best of 4:33.29, placing fifth in the meet and standing 35th in the state. Koch ran a career indoor best time in the 60 meter dash of 8.34 placing ninth in the meet and standing 53rd in the state rankings. Hillard had the leading time for the team in the 200 meter dash running a season best of 28.64. Davila ran a career indoor best of 10.51 in the 60 meter hurdles placing 11th and now stands 48th in the state. Freshman teammate Hope Landers ran her season best time of 11.31 placing 17th in the hurdles.

In the field events, Mauerman placed fifth with a vault of 8-6 and is ranked 26th in the state. The shot put event has become one of the strongest of the team with four girls placing in the top 10 in the meet. Davila placed fifth with a throw of 33-6, White was sixth throwing a career indoor best of 32-9, Howard placed ninth throwing 30-8 3/4 and Watkins placed 10th throwing 30-8. Teammate Jenni Burnett had her career best indoor throw of 27-3 1/4. Davila is currently ranked 20th in the state, White is ranked 28th, Howard 35th, and Watkins is ranked 42nd.

In the 200 meter dash, Heaton O'Hara ran a season best of 28.93, Moore ran 29.31, Davila a season best of 29.65, Stephanie DeMain 30.27, Andrah Toney 30.53, Anya Bolger 31.33, and Jordyn Bricker ran a season best of 33.95. In the 60 meter dash, Hillard ran a season best of 8.80, Toney 9.07 and Bricker ran 10.09. The (B) 4 x 200 meter relay team of Claybrook, Toney, DeMain, and Bolger ran 2:01.03.

Head coach Denise Gorski said she is excited about the team's progress. "We are definitely showing more depth in many events than last year which is exciting. We have a few events who are on the edge as far as qualifying for the indoor state meet. They have another chance this weekend when we travel to Columbus for the Arnold Track and Field Meet Classic on the campus of Ohio State. After that, we start to get prepared for our outdoor season with our first outdoor meet scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at home against Beaumont."



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