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BHS track stars shine at YSU indoor meet

February 14, 2013
Special to the Town Crier

Sixteen members of the Boardman Girls indoor track team traveled to the Youngstown State University Indoor Meet on Sunday, Feb. 3. Sophomore distance standout Jordan Grantonic won the 3200 meter run in a career best time of 11:36.20. That time beat her previous best of 11:48 from earlier in the season. Jordan is presently ranked third in the state in the event.

Senior Sarina Mauerman was the runner-up in the pole vault with a season best of 9 feet, ranking her 22nd in the state. Senior teammate Giovanna Silvestri placed 7th in the shot put with a toss of 35-7 and ranks her 12th in the state at this time.

The 4 x 800 meter relay team of junior Brandi Gatte, sophomores Heaton O'Hara and Regan O'Hara and senior Daisy Corso placed fifth with a time of 10:47.8. That time ranks them 13th in the state. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of sophomore Hope Landers, juniors Nikki Hilliard and Morgan Hambrick and freshman Caitlynn Connor ran 1:58.69 placing seventh in the event. Sophomore Stephanie DeMain made it to the finals of the 60 meter high hurdles running a season best time of 10.87 and finishing in 11th place.

The girls will travel to YSU again on Feb. 16 for their final in town meet and then to Columbus March 3 for the Arnold Classic held at Ohio State University.

Head coach Denise Gorski was impressed with the progress of the girls' indoor team thus far.

She commented, "We have about 35 girls practicing on a fairly consistent basis. This was our second indoor meet of the season and many of the girls had their season best performances. Our main goal is to qualify to the Indoor State Championships to be held March 16 at the University of Akron and for the New Balance Indoor Nationals held in New York the second weekend in March. And the practices in January and February prepare us for the upcoming outdoor team. So far I'm impressed with the work ethic of these girls."

The Boardman boys indoor track team also competed at Youngstown State University on Sunday at the new WATTS Center on campus. The meet was the second of the season for the boy's team.

Highlighting the Spartan success was junior Mark Hadley setting a new BHS indoor track record in the 1600 placing first at a time of 4:22; the time qualifies Hadley for his second consecutive trip to The New Balance Indoor National Meet held in New York City next month. Hadley also finished second in the 800 in a time of 1:59.

Senior Nathan Jones finished third in the 60 meter dash in 7.08. In the 1600 freshman Nathan Hadley was 16th in a time of 4:45 and junior Justin Maroni was 20th overall in a time of 4:49. The 4x800 meter relay team of Nathan Hadley, freshman Adam Deeley, freshman Andrew Gable, and senior Pete Stafford placed fourth. Freshman Brendon Lucas and Gable were 21st and 24th overall in the 400 with times of 57.07 and 57.44 respectively.

Senior Will Birchfield placed third in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.82, he was followed by junior Jeff Bean in 8th place in a time of 8.99. Bean also finished 8th in the high jump with a leap of 5-8. In the pole vault, junior Steve Brown was 7th at 10-6 and sophomore Dan Liptak 8th at 8-6. Rounding out the top finishers for the Spartans was senior Chris Riwniak in the shot put placing 7th with a throw of 44-9.

The Spartans will next compete at the WATTS Center on the campus of Youngstown State University again at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.



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