The Boardman girls track team traveled to Massillon Jackson on Tuesday, April 10 for their second Federal League meet of the season. Jackson took command of the meet early and won 99-38, giving the Lady Spartans their first loss of the dual meet season after defeating Cleveland Beaumont and Canton GlenOak earlier in the season.
Only five events took first place honors at the meet for the Spartans. Junior thrower Giovanna Silvestri threw a season best of 107 feet, 4 inches in the discus to take first place and took second in the shot put with a toss of 32-7. Senior Lesley Koch won the 200-meter dash in a season best time of 27.04. Sophomore distance runner Emma Schwendeman ran a season best time of 5:34.42 in the 1600 meter run to claim first place and took third in the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:35.3. Freshman Jordan Grantonic raced to first place in the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:14.5 and freshman teammate Regan O'Hara placed first in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:37.28.
In the field events, sophomore Morgan Hambrick took second jumping 4-10 in the high jump and junior Katrina Watkins placed third in the shot and discus throwing 30-2 and 93-9. In the sprinting events, senior Tori Moore ran 66.1 in the 400 meter dash to take third place honors and sophomore Nikki Hillard placed third in the 200 meter dash running 28.9. In the hurdle events, freshman Stephanie DeMain ran a season best of 17.26 in the 100 meter hurdles placing third and freshman sprinter Heaton O'Hara placed in her first 800 race, running 2:45.31, taking third place.
Head coach Denise Gorski was disappointed for the girls as she explained, "Only 21 out of 40 girls made the trip to Jackson due to some girls being gone for spring break and other family situations that came about. I give tremendous credit to the girls who competed this night because it was an ugly night of rain and cold temperatures. They really competed hard and were physically and mentally tough in some very adverse conditions. But we just didn't have enough depth on this night to challenge them the way I thought we could. Jackson is definitely the strongest team in the league on the girls side and I'm not sure at full strength we could have beaten them but I would sure like another shot at them with our full squad. I also highly compliment the girls who came to practice over break and worked to better themselves individually and as a team."
The girls' next meet is the Mahoning County Meet on Saturday, April 21 at Austintown Fitch. Last year's County Meet was cancelled due to snow. Before that the girls team had won 10 Mahoning County titles in a row.