The Boardman girls track team traveled to East Canton for the Hornet Relays on Saturday,
May 11 and came away with the first place trophy, beating Western Reserve Academy by two points and finishing with 88 total team points. It was the first year the team has competed in this event.
The shot and discus team continued their record-breaking year by winning both relay events and setting new meet records. The shot put relay team of seniors Giovanna Silvestri and Katrina Watkins and sophomore Ka'nisha White threw a combined total of 102 feet, 5 inches to break the previous meet record of 97-7.5 set by Hoover in 2007. That same team won the discus competition by throwing 312-11 and broke the previous record of 307-7 set by Waterloo in 2004. Silvestri was the individual winner in both events throwing 35-10 in the shot and 126-6 in the discus.
The high jump team won another field event relay for the team with a combined height of 13-9 and consisted of juniors Morgan Hambrick and Brianna Fonderlin and freshman Sydney Lewis. In the high jump, Hambrick won the event with a height of 5 feet.
The distance team won two events as the distance medley team of junior Brandi Gatte, senior Daisy Corso, and sophomores Regan O'Hara and Jordan Grantonic won in a time of 11:56.93. And the 4x800 meter relay team won in a time of 10:32.58 and team members were juniors Emma Schwendeman and Trista Cunningham, Daisy Corso and Regan O'Hara.
Second place honors went to the 4x100 meter relay team of Hambrick, Fonderlin, junior Nikki Hillard, and freshman Arianna Cuevas with a time of 52.49. Five events finished in third place for the team including the 4x200 meter relay team of junior Jada Redd, and sophomores Alison Green, Stephanie DeMain, and Heaton O'Hara running 1:55.26; the 4x400 meter relay team of Heaton O'Hara, Green, Cuevas, and Fonderlin running 4:25.19; and the 4x1600 meter relay team of Schwendeman, junior Breanna Gatte, freshman Elly Larrier and Cunningham in a time of 23:51.92.
In the field events, the long jump team of Hillard, Lewis and sophomore Jordyn Bricker took third place with a combined distance of 37-6.25. The pole vault relay team of sophomores Brittany Chamberlain and Brooke Harsh vaulted a total of 14-6 to take another third place. And rounding out the scoring was the shuttle hurdle relay team of Lewis, junior Anya Bolger, Bricker and DeMain running 1:16.86.
On Tuesday, May 8, the Lady Spartans competed in their last Federal League meet of the season beating Canton McKinley, 74-63. Taking first places in running events were the 4x800 meter relay team of Grantonic, Breanna Gatte, Corso and Cunningham in 10:35.8. Brandi Gatte won the 1600 in 5:48, Regan O'Hara won the 800 in a season best time of 2:30.9, and Grantonic won the 3200 in 12:01.4. Taking first in the field events were Hambrick in the high jump at 5 feet, senior Sarina Mauerman in the pole vault at 9-6, and Silvestri in the shot throwing a career best of 39-10.5 and first in the discus throwing 117 feet.
These events took runner-up honors at the McKinley meet: Regan O'Hara in the 1600, Jada Redd in the 400 running a career best of 62.6, Brandi Gatte running a season best of 2:34.1 in the 800, Corso running a career best of 12:20.9 in the 3200, Chamberlain in the pole vault, senior Daisy Robinson in the shot put and discus and Hillard in the long jump. And scoring depth points by placing third was sophomore Hope Landers in the 100 hurdles running a season best of 16.6 and third in the 300 hurdles, Cuevas in the 100 running a career best of 13.3 and placing third in the 200, Schwendeman in the 1600, Cunningham in the 3200, Lewis in the high jump, Harsh in the pole vault and Watkins in the discus.
"This was a great week for the girls in performance and effort," said head coach Denise Gorski. "At the McKinley meet they performed again as a total team to defeat a very good McKinley team. We finish the regular league season with a 2-4 record. We came close to a 3-3 season but lost to Perry by five points but certainly not without a tremendous effort. The East Canton Meet became our annual overnight trip as our earlier trip in April was cancelled due to snow. Twenty-five girls went on this trip and not only performed well, but were great to take overnight. We use these trips to develop more team camaraderie. Now it's on to the heart of our season with the league championship and qualifying for state coming up in the next few weeks."
The Boardman boys track team concluded its Federal League schedule with a 93-44 victory over the Canton McKinley Bulldogs on Tuesday. The win improved the Spartans to 5-1 in the Federal League.
The Spartans opened the meet with a victory by junior Mark Hadley, freshman Nathan Hadley, junior Justin Maroni, and freshman Adam Deeley in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 8:35. The next event, the 110 meter hurdles, senior Will Birchfield placed first with a time of 14.6 seconds with junior Jeff Bean in second at 15.6. In the 100-meter dash, Spartan senior Nathan Jones placed second in 10.81 seconds and junior Isaiah Lyle was third at 11.2. The Boardman 4x200 relay team of freshman Brendon Lucas, junior Ivan Adu-Poku, junior Darius Sanders, and junior Brian Bodrick took first at a season best 1:33.4.
In the 1600-meter run, junior Alan Burns took first with a time of 4:43; he was followed by Maroni in second at 4:45 and senior Sam Sheronovich in third at 4:46. The Spartans won the 4x100 relay with the team of junior Turel Thompson, Lyle, Bodrick, and senior Nathan Jones in a season best 42.9 seconds. Lucas won the 400 with a time of 53.9, Burns was second at 54.0 and sophomore Josh Suarez was third at 54.7. Birchfield placed first in the 300 hurdles at 41.3 seconds, he was followed by Bean in second at 41.7. In the 800 meter run, the Spartans swept the event with Nathan Hadley in first at 2:04, freshman Andrew Gable in second at 2:11, and Maroni in third at 2:12.
In the 200-meter dash, Jones finished second in a time of 22.7 seconds and Bodrick was third at 22.9. The next event was the 3200 meter run which was won by Mark Hadley in a new BHS record time of 9:15.00, sophomore Nick Long was second at 10:59, and junior Trevor Leyden was third at 11:00.
"This was a very impressive victory," said Spartan head coach John Phillips. "We have never beaten McKinley this lopsidedly since joining the Federal League. Our guys certainly wanted to end their time in the Federal League with a bang."
In the field events, junior Steve Brown won the pole vault at 12 feet with sophomore Andrew Cessna taking second at 8-6. Thompson placed third in the long jump at 18-10 and Bean was third in the high jump at 5-6. Senior Chris Riwniak placed first in the shot put at 52-5.5 and junior Mike Sferra was second in disc at 136 feet.
"It is really a tremendous accomplishment for our team to have a 5-1 season in the Federal League," explained Phillips. "This league is so good and there are so many great athletes and good coaches in it, to have a chance to win the league after the regular season is very special."
Next up for the Spartans will be the Federal League Championship meet on Friday, May 17 at Lake. The Spartans trail only GlenOak heading into the league meet, Boardman will have to finish first or at a higher finish place than GlenOak at the meet to be crowned Federal League champions.