The Boardman Spartan cross country team finished second overall out of 19 teams at the highly competitive Midwest Meet of Champions held at Hilliard Bradley High School on Saturday, Sept. 28. Dublin Jerome, the second ranked team in Ohio, won the meet with 69 points, followed by the sixth-ranked Spartans with 106, and fifth-ranked Olentangy Liberty was third at 136.
The Spartans placed four runners in the top 25, with senior Mark Hadley leading the team with a first-place finish in a time of 15:15, which set a new course and meet record. He was followed by sophomore Nathan Hadley, who was 17th overall in a time of 16:16, putting him 12th all time in BHS history. Next for Boardman was senior Alan Burns, who finished the race in 21st place with a time of 16:21 and classmate Justin Maroni in 22nd place in a personal best time of 16:23.
"This is the first time we have ever appeared as a team at this meet," explained Spartan head coach John Phillips. "It was a great experience to be able to run against nine other state-ranked teams and to finish second puts us in a great position as the season winds down."
Five of the seven Spartan runners earned new personal bests led by seniors Maroni, Jacob Kelleck at 16:53, and Trevor Leyden at 17:36. Junior Nick Long at 17:22 and sophomore Nathan Hadley at 16:16. Maroni's effort earned the Spartan this weeks BW-3 Runner of the Week award.
Next up for the Spartans will the Federal League Championship held at Uniontown Lake on Saturday, Oct. 12, where the team will seek its second straight Federal League title.