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Spartan boys remain undefeated at 18-0

April 25, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

The Boardman boys track team improved its Federal League record to 3-0, and its overall record to 18-0 with a 96.5-40.5 victory over the Uniontown Lake Blue Streaks on April 17.

The Spartans opened the meet with a victory by sophomores Alan Burns, Justin Maroni, Mark Hadley, and junior Sam Sheronovich with a time of 8:34 in the 4x800 meter relay. The next event -- the 110 meter hurdles -- the Spartans took all three places with junior Will Birchfield in first with a time of 15.83, sophomore Jeff Bean second at 16.4, and senior Allen Starkey third at 16.53. In the 100 meter dash, the Spartans again took all three scoring spots led by senior Devin Campbell in first at 10.98, junior Nathan Jones second at 11.01, and sophomore Brian Bodrick third at 11.34. The 4x200 relay team of senior Darel Green, sophomore Ivan Adu-Poku, Bodrick, and Jones was first in a time of 1:34.

"We certainly came out strong from the get go," said Boardman head coach John Phillips. "We were up 28-0 after only four events, that does not happen very often."

In the 1600 meter run, Hadley took first with a time of 4:32; he was followed by freshman Juan Santiago in third place in a time of 4:49. The Spartans won the 4x100 meter relay with the team of Jones, Campbell, Bodrick, and sophomore Turel Thompson in a time of 43.73 seconds. Senior Dayne Hammond placed second in the 400 meter run with a time of 52.91 seconds. In the 300 meter hurdles, the Spartans took all three scoring spots with Birchfield in first at 43.74, senior Jordan Wolfe second at 44.71, and Bean in third at 46.4.

"It has been a long time since we have swept both hurdle events;" explained Phillips, "Coach Johnny Depietro and those kids were outstanding tonight and have been all season."

The 800 meter run was won by Burns in 2:08 while Santiago was third at 2:11. The 200 meter dash was won by Green in 23.39 seconds with sophomore Jarvis Cummings in second in 24.34. The next event was the 3200 meter run which was won by Hadley in 9:44.

In the field events, the Spartans took all three scoring spots in the long jump with Starkey in first at 20 feet, 7 inches, Campbell second at 19-7, and junior Matt Scott in third at 18-7. In the high jump Starkey was first at 6-0 while Bean was third at 5-10. In the discus, senior Brian Linsley was first with a throw of 150-0 and sophomore Mike Sferra was second at 129-1. Linsley tied for third in the shot put at 40-4. Finally, in the pole vault, sophomore Steve Brown was second with a vault of 10 feet.

"Really happy for Matt Scott, Mike Sferra, and Steve Brown," said Phillips. "They have been working hard with their event coaches, Johnny Depietro, John Pallini and George Mavrikis, and it is really starting to pay off."

Next up for the Spartans will be home meets against Massillon Perry and North Canton Hoover.



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