Twenty-one members of the Boardman girls indoor track team competed at the WATTS Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, on the campus of Youngstown State University. This was the third indoor meet for the team this season. The 4x800 meter relay team took first place honors with a season best time of 10:17.6, knocking some 30 seconds off their previous best time. The relay consisted of sophomores Jordan Grantonic, Heaton O'Hara, and Regan O'Hara, and junior Brandi Gatte. The relay currently stands in 14th place in the state standings. Grantonic came back later in the meet and placed third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:29.41 and ran 2:31.28 in the 800 meter run finishing in fifth place. Grantonic still stands in third place in the state rankings in the 3200 meter run.
In the pole vault, senior Sarina Mauerman placed third with a season best vault of 9-feet, 6-inch, which ranks her in the top 25 in the state. Sophomore hurdler Hope Landers took seventh place in the 60 meter high hurdles with a season best time of 10.30. In the shot put competition, senior Giovanna Silvestri threw a season best toss of 36-4 placing seventh and now stands 12th in the state rankings. Sophomore teammate Ka'nisha White threw 35-2 placing eighth and is ranked 15th in the state indoor rankings.
Several girls had their season best performances at this meet. In the field events, Katrina Watkins threw 30-7 in the shot and sophomore Brittany Chamberlain vaulted 7-0. Sophomore Stephanie DeMain made it to the finals of the 60 meter high hurdles running her season best in the finals of 10.66. In the sprinting events, junior Nikki Hillard ran 9.00, junior Morgan Hambrick ran 9.14 and junior Anya Bolger ran 9.22, all season bests. Several distance runners had their season best times. In the 1600 meter run, Gatte ran 5:54.30, and senior Daisy Corso ran 5:57.26 for their best times. Corso came back in the 800 meter run with a season best time of 2:47.48 and freshman Elly Larrier ran a season best of 2:53.82.
The next meet for the girls' team is March 2 at the Arnold Classic on the campus of Ohio State University. Head Coach Denise Gorski was very pleased with the progress the indoor girls have been making in the past month.
"This meet was a strong one overall for our team and shows the hard work and dedication these girls and their event coaches have been putting in for the past six weeks," Gorski said. "We have some girls ranked in the top 16 in the state right now and the top sixteen make the indoor state meet. But there are still many meets left across the state in the next few weeks so we have to continue to work hard and I know they will."