The Boardman girls outdoor track team opened their 2012 season with a convincing win over Cleveland Beaumont, 88-49 on their home track. The team showed very solid balance as the running events and field events both scored 44 points for the team overall. In the field events, the high jump, long jump, shot put and pole vault events swept by taking all three places.
In the shot put, junior Giovanni Silvestri took first with a toss of 33 feet, 8 inches, freshman Ka'Nisha White placed second throwing a career best of 32-6 3/4 and junior Katrina Watkins placed third with her career best toss of 32-6 3/4. In the discus, Silvestri won her second event throwing 99-8 and Watkins was second throwing 98-10.
In the long jump, junior Lauren Davila won the event jumping 14-9 1/2, sophomore Morgan Hambrick was second with a jump of 14-4 3/4 and sophomore Nikki Hillard placed third with a jump of 13-11 1/2. Hambrick also won the high jump at 4-8, sophomore Kelly Tomcsanyi was second jumping 4-6 and junior Brittany Bailing placed third jumping 4-0.
Photos by Jim McCreary, Town Crier correspondent
The 2012 Boardman High School track and field seniors, from left are Jenny Bresnahan, Leslie Koch, Tori Moore, Carmen Moradian, and Megan Howard.
The pole vaulters swept their event with junior Sarina Mauerman placing first with a vault of 8-6, senior Jenny Bresnahan was second vaulting 7-6, and freshman Brittany Chamberlain was third in her vaulting debut with a leap of 6-6.
In the distance events, freshman indoor state qualifier Jordan Grantonic won the 1600 in 5:40.8, sophomore Emma Schwendeman was second running 5:42.5 and freshman Regan O'Hara placed third with a time of 5:51.9. Schwendeman came back in the 800 to win with a time of 2:31.8 and O'Hara was third running 2:41.5. In the 3200 meter run, senior Carmen Moradian was third running a time of 14:15.6.
In the sprint and hurdle events, Davila won the 100 meter high hurdles in 17.5 and freshman Hope Landers was second running 18.2. In the 300 meter hurdles, Davila placed second running 57.3 and Landers ran 57.8 and placed third. Senior Lesley Koch was third in the 100 meter dash running 13.0 and Hillard was third in the 200 running 28.2. The 4x100 meter relay team won in a time of 53.5 and consisted of Landers, Hambrick, Hillard and Koch as the anchor leg. In the 400 meter dash, senior Tori Moore was first running 63.9 and came back to anchor the winning 4x400 meter relay team in a time of 4:27.5. Her teammates on the relay included Heaton O'Hara, Koch, and Regan O'Hara.
Head coach Denise Gorski, entering her 30th year as head coach of the Lady Spartans and 34th year overall in the program was elated at her team's performance.
"I always like to have a meet before we start our League competition just so we can get our strategy in order for the league opener. I was very impressed with the competitiveness of this entire team," Gorski said. "We also showed good team balance between our field and running events. Now we open against a very good GlenOak team and I know they will be pumped for this meet as we beat them for the first time ever last year by one point. Our girls proved to me they are ready for the challenge. I'm excited to see what this team can accomplish in the next few weeks. They were fun to watch on Saturday."
"I also want to thank the entire boys coaching staff and many of the boys team who came out to support our girls team on this day," Gorski said.