The Boardman girls track team qualified six events to the OHSAA Regional Meet held May 23 and 25 at Austintown Fitch. When the meet concluded on Friday, junior standout thrower Giovanna Silvestri qualified to the Ohio State Track and Field Championships in the discus throwing 119 feet, 9 inches placing her third in the event. The top four in each event qualified to the state meet. This will be the first state trip for Giovanna in track and field. She also threw the shot 35-4 , good enough to make the finals but finished in ninth place. Head coach Denise Gorski said she was elated for both Giovanna and her throwing coach, Tim Swartz in his eighth year of coaching the throwers.
"Giovanna has had a breakout year in track. She works extremely hard and has handled the pressure in big meet situations with great poise and mental maturity. Everyone was excited for her because she is also just a great person always with a smile on her face no matter how she does. I also attribute a lot of her success to coach Swartz, her throwing coach who himself was a thrower at Boardman in the late '70s. This is his third thrower in the past four years to qualify to the state so that says a lot about his coaching abilities. I'm so proud and happy for both of them."
Three other events were contested at the Regional Meet from Boardman's team. The 4x800 meter relay team of freshmen Heaton O'Hara and Regan O'Hara, sophomore Emma Schwendeman and senior Victoria Moore, running in the regionals for the fourth year in a row placed 13th running 9:47.78, their second best time of the season. Schwendeman also placed 13th in the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:06.84 and freshman teammate Jordan Grantonic placed 15th in the same race running 12:42.46.
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Giovanna Silvestri, left, is this year’s state qualifier in the discus. She was also named Federal League First Team as she won the shot put and Second Team Federal League in the discus. Freshman Jordan Grantonic, right, earned honorable mention Federal League honors in the 1600 meter run. Both girls received their Federal League honors at the season-ending banquet.
Coach Gorski commented, "All five of these girls have led our distance group to much success this year and all five of them have scored in the top ten for the team in points. They also will continue on as they all have qualified for the New Balance National Meet in Greensboro, N.C., in three weeks. I also highly compliment their distance coaches, Stacey Hunter and Jessie Moore for giving these girls the training, support, and encouragement to lead them to these accomplishments."
Junior Sarina Mauerman competed in the pole vault placing 15th with a vault of 9-0, her second year of competing at Regionals. Coach Gorski said, "Sarina had her best year yet in the vault and is a highly dedicated athlete. She has been guided by coach George Mavrikis who has had great success in leading our vaulters the past eight years."