The Boardman girls track team continued their winning ways this season by beating 14 other teams at the Lakeview Relays on April 5. The Spartans scored 80 points with Kent Roosevelt second with 69 and Poland third with 67 points. Leading the way for the Lady Spartans was the record-setting distance medley relay team of senior Tori Moore, freshmen Regan O'Hara and Jordan Grantonic, and sophomore Emma Schwendeman. They ran 13:15.02 to break their own record of 13:18.3 set last week at the Dover Relays. They also established a new meet and stadium record breaking the 1998 record of 13:19.70 set by Field High School.
The 4 x 800 meter relay team of O'Hara, Grantonic, Schwendeman and Trista Cunningham ran a season best time of 10:26.14 to claim first place honors. Heaton O'Hara, Moore, Nikki Hillard and Lesley Koch teamed up to take the other first place honor for the team by winning the 4 x 200 meter relay in a season best time of 1:51.2.
Three events claimed second place, the long jump, shot put, and 4 x 400 meter relays. In the long jump, Nikki Hillard jumped 13 feet, 11 inches and placed third overall, Lauren Davila jumped 13-2 placing 14th overall and Morgan Hambrick was 15th jumping 13-1 1/2. In the shot put, freshman Ka'Nisha White threw a personal best of 34-1 3/4 placing third overall, Giovanna Silvestri threw 31-11 1/4 placing fifth overall and Katrina Watkins threw 30-10 placing seventh overall. In the 4 x 400 meter relay, the team of Heaton O'Hara, Cunningham, Regan O'Hara, and Moore ran to second in a time of 4:22.39.
Photo special to the Town Crier
The Boardman High School girls distance medley relay team has broken the school record twice this year and set a meet and stadium record at the Lakeview Relays. The team includes freshman Jordan Grantonic who anchored the relay running 1600 meters, senior Tori Moore who led the relay off running the 800, freshman Regan O'Hara ran the 400 in the second leg, and sophomore Emma Schwendeman ran 1200 meters in the third leg.
Four events placed third led by the 4 x 100 meter relay team running a season best of 51.94 consisting of Hope Landers, Morgan Hambrick, Hillard, and Koch. The shuttle hurdle relay team of Landers, Davila, Stephanie DeMain, and Anya Bolger placed third with a time of 1:11.23. The sprint medley relay team of Landers, Hambrick, Hillard and DeMain raced to third in 2:05.66. And the discus relay team placed third led by Silvestri throwing a season best of 105-3 and placing fifth overall, Megan Howard placing eighth with a best throw of 92-9 and Watkins throwing 83-7, fifteenth overall.
The 4 x 1600 meter relay team placed fifth with a time of 27:01.90 and consisted of Kaitlyn Emery, Julia Lewis, Andrah Toney, and Trista Cunningham. The final event of the night, the 4 x 100 Iron Women Relay placed ninth led by throwers Howard, White, Watkins, and Silvestri running 1:06.85.
Head coach Denise Gorski liked the efforts of the team once again as they are undefeated in dual meets.
"Relay meets are fun meets for the athletes and coaches both. We get a chance to go after school records and we can get more athletes involved. Special congratulations to the record-setting team in the distance medley relay. This entire team continues to get better and is exciting to watch. Next week we go into a huge meet with league leading Massillon Jackson and it will be tough as they aren't on spring break and we are missing some key athletes to vacation. But once again others have to step up which they have done all year."
On Thursday, April 5 night the Boardman boys track team set two meet/stadium records at The Lakeview Relays. First, the sprint medley team of sophomore Turel Thompson, senior Devin Campbell, senior Darel Green, and senior Dayne Hammond in a time of 1:36.61 not only set the meet and stadium record, but also broke their own school record set just last week. Also, the long jump relay team of senior Allen Starkey, freshman Josh Suarez, and Campbell broke the meet/stadium record with combined jumps of 56-10. Those relays along with several others led the Spartans to claiming the team championship.