The Boardman boys cross country team successfully opened the 2012 Suburban League season with a victory over eight others schools on Aug. 28 at Austintown Township Park. The Spartans placed six of the top 10 runners.
Junior Mark Hadley took first at a time of 16:04 while fellow junior Alan Burns was second overall with a time of 16:43. They were followed by freshman Nathan Hadley who placed fourth with a new personal best time of 17:16.
"Great way to start our league season," said Spartan head coach John Phillips. "Having to open against rivals Fitch and Mooney as well as a good Howland team allowed us to focus in and get excited about the start of our season."
Junior Justin Maroni turned in a time of 17:24 to place sixth, while sophomore Juan Santiago took eighth with a time of 17:50. Sam Sheronovich, a senior, was 10th overall with a time of 17:58.
"We really looked better as a team than we did at Salem last Saturday," said Phillips. "If we continue to improve each week we will be in position to achieve our postseason goals."
Setting new personal bests at Austintown were junior Jeff Bean with a time of 22:33, sophomore Dan Liptak at 20:18, sophomore Matt Stark with a time of 23:50, sophomore Kostas Kasamias at 19:49, freshman Jared Whitford at 22:43, freshman Ethan Schwendeman at 20:38, freshman Adam Deeley at 19:27, and freshman Brett Brunko at 22:57.
Also setting a new personal best was junior Kevin McNally at 22:31, a drop of more than two minutes from his first-ever cross country race Saturday at Salem. That effort earned McNally this week's BW3 Runner of the Week award.
"Our young guys and new guys to cross country like Kevin have really worked hard," explained Phillips. "We will not get better unless all 37 of our guys practice hard and compete to the best of their ability. So far we have and that will give us a chance to have a special season."
Next up for Boardman is the second Suburban League meet at Girard on Tuesday. The Spartans will take to the course at 4:30 p.m. looking to continue their over nine year unbeaten streak in Tuesday regular season meets.