The Boardman boys cross country team captured the schools first Malone Invitational championship on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Canton placing six of the top 22 places. The Spartans were led by junior Mark Hadley who took first overall out of 346 varsity and junior varsity runners for the second consecutive year in a time of 15:42. Junior Alan Burns earned second place overall with an effort of 16:25, he was followed by freshman Nathan Hadley in sixth place in a time of 16:34. That effort ranks the young Spartan 18th all-time in school history.
Next up for Boardman was sophomore Juan Santiago whose time of 16:51 was 12th overall; he was followed by junior Justin Maroni in 15th place in a time of 16:53. Following was senior Sam Sheronovich in 22nd overall in a time of 17:05.
"I am so proud of our kids," said Spartan head coach John Phillips. "This was a win we really wanted to get since most of the Federal League and district schools would be here, plus this is the course the district meet will be run on so getting a good feel for it is very important," Phillips added.
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Pictured is the Boardman varsity with the school’s first Malone Invitational trophy. In front row are head coach John Phillips, junior Alan Burns, junior Mark Hadley, and freshman Adam Deeley. In back row are senior Sam Sheronovich, freshman Nathan Hadley, sophomore Juan Santiago, and junior Justin Maroni.
Also highlighting the Boardman effort was the large number of personal bests at Malone. Setting new marks were seniors Pete Stafford at 17:45, Matt Scott at 20:20, Ryan Key at 18:08, Matt Carubia at 20:15, Rick Henneman at 18:55, and Fletcher Dunham at 18:50. Juniors setting new career bests were Mo Akbar at 20:15, Justin Maroni at 16:53, Carmen Marinucci at 19:45, and Kevin McNally at 22:09. Sophomores setting new bests were Andrew Cessna at 21:56, Nick Long at 17:56, Brandon Rigelsky at 20:34, Juan Santiago at 16:51, Matt Stark at 22:06, and Kostas Kasamias at 18:33. Freshmen setting new career bests at Malone were Nick Cessna at 22:32, Jared Whitford at 20:51, Nathan Hadley at 16:34, Ethan Schwendeman at 19:17, and Adam Deeley at 17:59.
"The number of new personal bests we had was absolutely amazing," Phillips said.
Earning this weeks BW3 Runner of the Week award was senior Matt Peyko, who set a new career best in a time of 19:32.
"Matt has worked so hard the past four years to get into the 19's," explained Phillips. "I am so happy for Matt, his work ethic and dedication is an example for others to follow."
Next up for Boardman is the Mahoning County championship meet at Canfield. The Spartans have won nine straight county titles.