Sixteen members of the Boardman girls indoor track team competed at the Arnold Classic scholastic track and field meet on Saturday, March 3 on the campus of Ohio State University. The girls were selected to compete in this prestigious meet if they were in the top 50 in the state rankings thus far.
The meet was one of the last qualifiers for all events attempting to make the final 16 who then compete in the State Indoor Meet on Saturday, March 17 at the University of Akron.
Junior Sarina Mauerman placed the highest for the team vaulting to a career indoor best of 9 feet and finished in fourth place. She currently stands in 20th place on the state list. The 4x800 meter relay came in seventh place with a season best time of 10:41.21. Sophomore Emma Schwendeman led off the relay running 2:38.4, sophomore Trista Cunningham ran 2:42.7 on the second leg, sophomore Brandi Gatte ran the third leg in 2:36.5 and freshman Jordan Grantonic anchored the relay in 2:42. The relay now stands in 25th place in the state of Ohio with all four girls having their season best splits. The 4x400 meter relay team placed eighth running a season best time of 4:30.98. Freshman Heaton O'Hara led the relay off with a 65; senior Tori Moore ran the second leg in 67; freshman Regan O'Hara ran 66 in the third spot, and Gatte anchored with a 70 split, all season best splits for the girls. Junior Lauren Davila placed eighth in the shot put with a season best toss of 34-4 and now stands in 28th place on the state list. Junior teammate Katrina Watkins finished fifteenth throwing 30-5 and senior Megan Howard placed 18th with a toss of 28-1.
In the 3200 meter run, Grantonic ran a career indoor best of 12:08.21 placing 10th, knocking 17 seconds off her previous best time and placing her 25th on the state list. Schwendeman placed12th running 12:42.99, knocking 15 seconds off her previous best 3200 time. And junior Daisy Corso placed 16th running 13:16.12. The 4x200 meter relay team placed 10th running 1:54.31 and consisted of sophomore Nikki Hillard, seniors Lesley Koch and Tori Moore, and anchored by freshman Heaton O'Hara. In the 800-meter run, Moore came back to run a season best of 2:36.10 and placed 10th followed by Regan O'Hara placing 14th with a season best of 2:39.16. Gatte placed 23rd achieving her best open 800 time of 2:44.10.
The second 4x800 meter relay team also achieved a season best time of 10:59.36 and finished in 11th place. Junior Audrey Keleman ran 2:42.6, Regan O'Hara ran the second leg in 2:37, Corso ran 2:47 in the third leg, and junior Kaitlyn Emery anchored the relay in 2:50. All four of these girls had their season best splits. In the 400 meter dash, Heaton O'Hara ran a season best of 66.86 placing 19th, Cunningham was 29th running 72.0, and Keleman was 30th with a time of 72.05. In the 200 meter dash, Hillard ran her season best of 28.57 and finished in 21st place. Koch ran 8.47 to place 22nd in the 60 meter dash and Hillard ran 8.90. In the 60-meter hurdles, Davila placed 25th with a time of 10.85.
Head coach Denise Gorski complimented the athletes on their best performances for the season in many events. "We had a great amount of personal best and relay best performances at this meet which shows the progress these girls are making in the indoor season. Some of these girls are standing just short of the top 16 and we may give them one more chance at Oberlin this coming weekend to try to make the state meet. It was a great group of young ladies to take on an overnight trip. We now open up the outdoor season on Monday, March 5. The indoor and outdoor seasons overlap somewhat but I am getting excited for the promise of this year's team for the outdoor season as well."