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Boys track remains unbeaten

May 2, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

The Boardman boys track team continued its unbeaten Federal League record with a 73-64 victory over the Perry Panthers on Tuesday, April 24. The Spartans initially scored in the 110 meter hurdles with junior Will Birchfield placing first in 16.0 seconds, senior Allen Starkey in second at 16.7, and sophomore Jeff Bean in third with a time of 17.4 seconds. In the 100 meter dash, junior Nathan Jones was first at 11.4 seconds, sophomore Brian Bodrick was second in 11.7, and senior Darel Green and sophomore Isaiah Lyle tied for third at 11.8. The Spartan 4x200 relay team of Bodrick, Green, Jones, and sophomore Jarvis Cummings placed first at 1:34.

"Our sprinters really were dominant tonight," said Boardman head coach John Phillips. "We challenged them to score every short sprint point and that is exactly what they did."

In the 1600 meter run, sophomore Mark Hadley was first in a time of 4:32 while classmate Alan Burns finished second at 4:36. The 4x100 meter relay team of Jones, Bodrick, Starkey, and sophomore Turel Thompson finished first in a time of 44.8 seconds. In the 400 meter run, junior Jacob Noll finished third in a time of 56.3 seconds. The next event, the 300 meter hurdles, Birchfield was second in 43.0 seconds and Bean was third with a time of 44.0 seconds. In the 800 meter run, Hadley placed first with a time of 2:01 and Burns was third in 2:03.

"The 800 was a tremendous race, probably the best of the day," explained Phillips. "Perry has excellent distance runners and Mark and Alan really performed at a championship level tonight."

In the 200 meter dash, Jones was first in 23.6 seconds, Bodrick second at 23.7, and Green third at 23.9. The next event was the 3200 meter run where sophomore Justin Maroni placed second at 10:28. In the field events, senior John Kuczek finished third in the shot put with a heave of 46 feet and 5.25 inches. Starkey won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet 6.25 inches with Thompson taking third at 19 feet and 3 inches. In the high jump, Starkey tied for second place at 5 feet, 6 inches, while in the pole vault sophomore Steve Brown was second at 10 feet.

"Great to see Turel Thompson and Steve Brown continuing to improve," said Phillips. "Their efforts were key to our team coming out on top."

The team improved its 2012 record to 26-1 and 5-0 in the Federal League with an 86-51 victory over the North Canton Hoover Vikings Thursday, April 26.

The Spartans opened the meet with a victory in the 4x800 meter relay with the team of Burns, junior Sam Sheronovich, Maroni, and Hadley with a time of 8:36. In the 110 meter hurdles Birchfield placed first at 16.3 seconds, Bean was second at 16.8, and senior Jordan Wolfe was third at 16.9. Jones placed first in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.7 seconds, he was followed by Bodrick in second at 11.8 seconds. Boardman won the 4x200 meter relay with the team of Green, Cummings, Thompson, and Bodrick in a time of 1:36.3. In the 1600 meter run, Hadley placed first at 4:30, Burns took second at 4:50, and Sheronovich third at 4:51. The 4x100 meter relay team of senior Allen Starkey, Thompson, Bodrick, and Green took first in a time of 44.7 seconds.

"We were putting together sprint relay teams on the fly due to some injuries," explained Phillips. "Credit our sprinters for being ready and coach Rick Sypert for working them hard in practice."

In the 300 hurdles, Birchfield took second at 44.2 seconds with Bean third at 45.7. In the 800 meter run Burns took first in a time of 2:05. Bodrick took first in the 200 meter dash in 23.7 seconds with Green in third at 24.2. The next event was the 3200 meter run which was won by Hadley in a time of 9:52.

In the field events, Kuczek won the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, senior Darien Williams was second with a heave of 41 feet and 11 inches. Senior Brian Linsley placed first in the discus with a throw of 145 feet and 7 inches ,sophomore Mike Sferra took second with a throw of 129 feet. In the long jump, Starkey took second with a jump of 20 feet 6 inches and Thompson was third at 18 feet 2.5 inches, while in the high jump Starkey took first with a leap of 5 feet 8 inches with Bean third at 5 feet 6 inches.



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