For the third straight year, the Boardman Spartans girls cross country team opened their season with a victory at the Salem Early Bird Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 24. Competing against a field of nine schools, the Lady Spartans pulled off one of their most impressive victories with a score of just 33 points.
Four Spartans placed in the top 10. Leading the charge was junior Jordan Grantonic, who eclipsed the field with a time of 19:59 and a first place overall finish, followed by senior Emma Schwendeman who placed sixth with a time of 21:12. Next to cross the line in ninth place was senior Trista Cunningham in 21:38, followed closely by senior Brandi Gatte in 10th with a time of 21:39. Rounding out the scoring for the Spartans was Katelynn Morrell, 11th place in 21:41.
"The girls ran very well and most of them ran much faster times compared to last year, remarked second-year coach Stacey Hunter. "I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."
The balance of the team also having strong performances were Ellie Larrier (14) 21:56, Regan O'Hara (29) 23:02, Abbey Evans (30) 23:05, Caitlyn Hadley (37) 23:32, Julia Lewis (38) 23:35, Emily Evans (39) 23:37, Brianna Gatte (45) 24:11, Andrah Toney (52) 24:48, Stiphany Tieu (55) 24:56, Stephanie DeMain (67) 26:25, Kelly Tomcsanyi ((69) 26:44, Haley Gianfrancisco (74) 27:13, Emily Campana (76) 27:54, Jessica Parillo (79) 28:04 and Anya Bolger (100) 32:20.