The Boardman Boys track team concluded its Federal League schedule with a 73-64 victory over the Canton McKinley Bulldogs on May 1. The win improved the Spartans to 6-0 in the Federal League and 27-1 overall on the season.
The Spartans opened the meet with a victory by sophomore Mark Hadley, junior Sam Sheronovich, sophomore Justin Maroni, and freshman Juan Santiago in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 8:48. The next event, the 110 meter hurdles, junior Will Birchfield placed third with a time of 15.6 seconds. In the 100 meter dash, Spartan junior Nathan Jones placed first in 10.90 seconds and sophomore Turel Thompson was third at 10.98.
In the 1600 meter run, Hadley took first with a time of 4:25; he was followed by sophomore Alan Burns in second at 4:32 and Santiago third at 4:43. Burns won the 400 with a time of 53.0 and sophomore Ivan Adu-Poku was third at 55.6. In the 800 meter run, the Spartans swept the event with Hadley in first at 2:11, senior Mike Moxley in second at 2:15, and Sheronovich in third at 2:16.
In the 200 meter dash, sophomore Brian Bodrick finished second in a time of 22.8 seconds. The next event was the 3200 meter run which was won by Hadley in 10:08, Maroni was second at 10:28, and Sheronovich was third at 10:54.
"We got some great efforts out of Alan Burns, Brian Bodrick, Mark Hadley, Nathan Jones, and Turel Thompson tonight," said Spartan head coach John Phillips. "Our entire team stepped up, but without those guys, we would have been in trouble."
In the field events, senior Brian Linsley placed second in the discus with a throw of 146 feet and 9 inches, while in the pole vault, sophomore Steve Brown finished first with a vault of 10-6, sophomore Kyle Bishop took second at 9-6, and freshman Dan Liptak was third at 9 feet. In the long jump, senior Allen Starkey took first with a leap of 20-9 and senior Devin Campbell was second at 19-9, while in the high jump Campbell finished first at 6 feet.
"Devin Campbell, Allen Starkey, and Brian Linsley have been outstanding leaders this season and they really came through for us tonight, we would not be where we are at without their contributions on and off the track," said Phillips.
"It is really a tremendous accomplishment for our team to have an unbeaten season in the Federal League," explained Phillips. "This league is so good and there are so many great athletes and good coaches in it, to come out on top after the regular season is very special."
Next up for the Spartans will be the Federal League Championship meet on Friday, May 11 at Massillon Jackson. The Spartans and Polar Bears are first and second overall heading into the league meet. Boardman will have to finish first or second at the meet to be crowned Federal League champions.