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Freshman qualifies for nationals in track

May 2, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

The Boardman girls track team saw their Federal League dual meet record drop to 2-3 last week as they competed against Massillon Perry on April 24 and North Canton Hoover on April 26. Hoover, Perry, and Massillon Jackson are all tied for top honors with one loss each. Boardman is now in fourth place in the league standings.

At the Perry meet, the Spartans claimed six first places beginning with junior Lauren Davila taking first in the 100 meter high hurdles running 17.7. Freshman Jordan Grantonic won the 1600 in 5:34.2 and the 3200 meter run in 12:27.3. The 4x100 meter relay team of freshman Hope Landers, Davila, sophomore Nikki Hillard, and senior Lesley Koch won in a time of 52.9. In the field events, junior Sarina Mauerman vaulted 9 feet, 3 inches and junior Giovanna Silvestri threw 34-11 1/4 in the shot put to claim first place honors. The team lost to Perry by a score of 80.5-56.5.

At the Hoover meet, the Spartans dropped a close one by a score of 71-66. Koch won the 100 and 200 meter dashes in 13.5 and 27.2. Koch also anchored the winning 4x100 meter relay team along with teammates Landers, Davila, and Hillard. Senior Tori Moore won the 400 meter dash in a time of 64.3. In the field events, Davila won the long jump with a leap of 15-1/4; Silvestri threw 35-5 3/4 to win the shot and threw a season and career best of 125-2 to win the discus. Mauerman vaulted 9-0 to claim first place honors in the pole vault. Grantonic was second in the 1600 meter run but ran a career and season best time of 5:25 to not only take second place but to also qualify for the New Balance Outdoor Scholastic National Championships in the freshman mile. The meet will be held in Greensboro, N.C., in June.

Twenty-one members of the team traveled overnight to the Thomas Worthington Invitational in Columbus on Saturday, April 28. The team finished in ninth place overall out of 16 teams. Awards were given to the top eight in each event. Silvestri was the runner-up in the discus throwing 111-8 in the discus and also placed third in the shot put throwing a career best of 35-8 1/2. Koch was fourth in the 200 meter dash running 27.2 and also finished seventh in the 100 running 13.31. Freshman thrower Ka'Nisha White placed fourth in the shot put throwing 32-8 and was the only freshman to place in the top eight in the entire competition. The 4x800 meter relay team of freshmen Heaton O'Hara and Regan O'Hara, sophomore Trista Cunningham and senior Tori Moore raced to fifth place in a time of 10:05.73. Sophomore Emma Schwendeman was sixth in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:40.89. Taking seventh place honors were Mauerman in the pole vault clearing 8-0 and junior Katrina Watkins in the discus throwing 97-8. And the 4x1600 meter relay team freshman Julia Lewis, sophomore Brandi Gatte, junior Daisy Corso, and senior Carmen Moradian ran a season best time of 24:06.15 to claim seventh place.

Coach Denise Gorski commented, "This was the toughest week of the season for the girls team competing at three meets in six days. I was extremely proud of the girls' efforts all week especially at the Hoover meet as we threw everything we could at them strategically to try to beat them and just came up a few points short. Jordan Grantonic has worked very hard in establishing a strong base and ran a tremendous race to qualify for the Nationals in the 1600 meter run and hopefully will be joined by other teammates in other events as the season progresses. Lauren Agnew was our last girl to make it in the freshmen mile race several years and before that it was Laurie Gomez so it's great to see that tradition of strong milers continue in our program."



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