Three members of the Boardman girls indoor track team competed at the Indoor State Championship Meet held Saturday, March 16 on the campus of the University of Akron. Senior throwing standout Giovanna Silvestri earned All-Ohio honors by placing eighth in the shot put with a toss of 36 feet, 3 inches. This is the first All-Ohio honor for her but not the first time she has made state competition. Last year, she also qualified for the outdoor state meet in the discus, finishing in 15th place and qualified to the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in both the shot put and discus.
Sophomore teammate Ka'nisha White qualified for her first state competition in the shot put. In the semifinals, she threw 35-8 but just missed qualifying for the finals. She finished in 10th place overall in the meet. Sophomore distance runner Jordan Grantonic finished ninth in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:39.21, just missing the podium and All-Ohio honors by one place. She, too, was a New Balance Outdoor national qualifier last summer in the freshmen mile.
Head coach Denise Gorski had nothing but praise for the athletes and their event coaches. "They all three have worked so hard to get to this level. I know how badly each of them wanted to podium and make the top eight for All-Ohio honors," Gorski said. "Giovanna has worked hard while battling a shoulder injury and was so excited to receive her first All-Ohio honors. I know Ka'nisha and Jordan just missed the podium by a few inches or seconds in their events, but they too have had a tremendous indoor season."
Photos special to the Town Crier
Following the state indoor girls track meet on Saturday, Boardman team members and coaches get together. Pictured are distance coach Stacey Hunter, distance qualifier Jordan Grantonic, All-Ohioan shot putter Giovanna Silvestri, shot put qualifier Ka'nisha White, throwing coach Tim Swartz.
Coach Gorski also commended her coaching staff by saying, "I believe for coach Tim Swartz that this is his fifth athlete to go to state in eight or nine years of coaching at the high school level. Coach Stacey Hunter has done a wonderful job in coaching our distance athletes for the past two years. She, herself, was a state athlete while at Austintown Fitch and a former successful collegiate athlete. I am lucky to have them both on our staff along with the rest of our coaching staff."