The Boardman cross country team won its 10th consecutive Mahoning County championship on Tuesday, Sept. 25 with a top score of 15, while beating second place Canfield and third place Austintown Fitch. Other competitors included Struthers, West Branch, Jackson Milton, Poland, Springfield, Cardinal Mooney, and Western Reserve.
Boardman's Mark Hadley raced to a first place finish in a time of 16:08, outpacing 158 competitors, to earn the Spartans a decade's worth of wins lat the Canfield Fairgrounds.
The Spartans placed nine runners in the top 30 and placed the top five scoring spots earning a rare scoring sweep. Following Hadley was classmate Alan Burns in second place in a time of 16:20 and freshman Nathan Hadley in fourth place in a time of 17:14. They were followed by sophomore Juan Santiago in fifth in a time of 17:20, junior Justin Maroni sixth overall in 17:27, senior Sam Sheronovich 12th at 17:50, freshman Adam Deeley 22nd in 18:27, junior Jacob Kelleck 29th overall in a time of 18:41, and senior Ryan Key in 30th in a time of 18:45.
Boardman’s Mark Hadley and Alan Burns place first and second in last week’s Mahoning County Championship cross country event. This is Boardman’s 10th consecutive championship.
"We take a lot pride in being the best distance program in Mahoning County," said Spartan head coach John Phillips. "Earning a scoring sweep was very impressive, no better way to win our 10th straight county title than that."
Setting new personal bests at the challenging course at the fairgrounds were senior Paul Stevens at 20:21, junior Jeff Bean at 21:33, sophomore Brandon Rigelsky at 20:30, and freshman Sean Allan at 20:19.
This week's BW3 Runner of the Week award was given to junior Mark Hadley who has not only earned his first individual county championship but was named Student Athlete of the Week by WKYC-TV in Cleveland and WYTV in Youngstown.
With the county title, the Spartans improved their record to 103-1 on the season. Next up for the Spartans will be The Bulldog Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Silver Springs Park in Stow, where some of the best programs in northeast Ohio will compete. The varsity will run at 9 a.m., followed by the junior varsity at 10:30 a.m.