The Boardman High School girls cross country team showed they can compete in the Federal League by placing runner up to only Canton's GlenOak at the Federal League Championship meet on Saturday, Oct. 12.
On a perfect fall morning, the Lady Spartans raced through the soybean and cornfields of the Lake home course at Hartville's Maize Valley Farms, outdistancing six of the seven teams with a final score of 75.
"This second place finish for the girls is a great accomplishment for them," remarked coach Stacey Hunter. "Six out of seven of them ran a personal best time."
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Boardman's Jordan Grantonic and Mark Hadley earned Federal League Runners of the Year honors by winning the Federal League Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Oct. 12. Both ran personal best times of 18:55 and 15:06 respectively.
Leading the scoring for the Spartans was junior Jordan Grantonic, who took the lead at the one mile mark and never relinquished it, breaking the tape in a personal best time of 18:55; five seconds ahead of second place Hanna Thompson of GlenOak. The win earned her the Federal League championship as well as Federal League Runner of the Year honors.
The balance of the scoring was arranged by senior Emma Schwendeman, 11th place in a season best 19:57; Trista Cunningham, 18th in 20:15; Katelynn Morrell, 22nd in 20:23; and Brandi Gatte, 23rd in 20:25. Running sixth and seventh for the Spartans were Breanna Gatte in 21:24 and Abby Evans in 22:18.
"The girls ran strong and really gained some confidence that will help in their next big challenge - the district meet this coming Saturday at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds," said Hunter.
The girls' strong finish at the championships earned them honors, including Grantonic being named to the Federal League First Team with Schwendeman taking a spot of the Second Team. Receiving honorable mentions were seniors Cunningham, Morrell, and Brandi Gatte.
On the boys' side, seniors Mark Hadley and Alan Burns, and sophomore Nathan Hadley make the Federal League first team, and senior Justin Maroni was named to the second team. Senior Jacob Kelleck received an honorable mention.
For individual honors, the Federal League named Mark Hadley as Runner of the Year and boys coach John Phillips was named Coach of the Year.