The Boardman girls indoor track team has kept very busy the past two weeks. On March 2, they competed at the Arnold Track Classic on the campus of Ohio State University. This is the third year the meet was held in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival.
Sophomore Jordan Grantonic continued her excellence in the distance events by running a career best time of 11:34.52 to place runner-up in the 3200 meter run. She is currently ranked fifth in the indoor state rankings, with only a two second difference between the third and fifth place runners.
The 4x800 meter relay team placed fifth with a time of 10:30.31. Junior Brandi Gatte led off the relay running a season best split of 2:31.7, sophomore Regan O'Hara ran a season best of 2:34.4 in the second leg, senior Daisy Corso ran 2:42.7 in the third leg and junior Trista Cunningham ran 2:40.6 in the anchor leg. In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Gatte, Regan O'Hara, sophomore Hope Landers, and Cunningham ran 4:32.24 placing seventh in the event.
In the field events, senior Giovanna Silvestri placed fifth in the shot put with a toss of 35 feet, 5 inches and sophomore teammate Ka'nisha White was sixth throwing a career best toss of 35-5 . Senior Sarina Mauerman placed fifth in the pole vault with a height of 8-6. In the 60 meter hurdles, both Landers and sophomore Stephanie DeMain made it to the finals running 10.38 and 10.76 respectively.
Many girls had their season best performances at this meet. In the sprinting events, junior Nikki Hillard ran 8.93 in the 60 dash and 29.37 in the 200, junior Morgan Hambrick ran 8.91 in the 60 dash, Anya Bolger ran 76.24 in the 400 and 31.76 in the 200, all personal bests. In the distance events, freshman Elly Larrier ran a season best of 6:13.55 in the 1600 meter run. In the 800 meter run, Gatte ran 2:35.69, Trista Cunningham ran 2:39.77, and Regan O'Hara ran 2:41.29, all personal bests. In the field events, senior Katrina Watkins had a season best toss of 31-6 in the shot put.
On March 10, eight members traveled to Oberlin for a last chance state qualifier meet in hopes of making the top 16 for the Indoor State Championships to be held at Akron University on March 16. The 4x800 meter relay team of Grantonic, Gatte, Regan O'Hara, and Cunningham ran a season best of 10:15.96 on their way to a first place finish. Grantonic ran a 2:30, Gatte ran 2:32, O'Hara and Cunningham had season best splits of 2:33 and 2:37 respectively. Grantonic came back to win the mile in 5:31.59. Mauerman was runner-up in the pole vault with a height of 9-0. White threw a career best toss of 36-5 to finish in third place. She is currently ranked 16th on the state rankings. Silvestri placed fourth in the shot with a toss of 35-4 and is currently ranked 17th in the shot put. Senior Daisy Corso ran a career best performance of 2:41.39 in the 800 meter run. Cunningham ran 2:42.20 in the 800 and Gatte ran 68.64 in the 400 and Regan O'Hara ran 68.93 in the same event.
Head coach Denise Gorski was pleased with the performance of the girls at both meets.
"The Arnold Meet is our overnight trip and a great opportunity for the girls to compete at a highly competitive meet while also spending some time together as a team," she said. "A total of 16 girls went on this overnight trip and had some great performances. At Oberlin, we took the girls ranked in the top 25 to this meet as a last chance to qualify for the Indoor State Meet. Jordan Grantonic has definitely made it in the 3200 and will be chasing All-Ohio recognition in the event as she is currently ranked fifth. Ka'nisha White and Giovanna Silvestri are very close to qualifying in the shot and the 4 x 800 relay is on the 'bubble' as I call it. We should know by Wednesday who has made the state meet for sure. No matter what, it has been a very successful indoor season. I'm proud of the accomplishments of all of the girls and of the outstanding work of our event coaches."