The annual awards banquet of the Ohio High School Track and Cross Country Coaches was held in February in Columbus.
Boardman boys cross country coach John Phillips and girls cross country coach Stacey Hunter were named District 1 Coaches of the Year for Cross Country from the fall season. District 1 is representative of all of the coaches from Mahoning, Ashtabula, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties.
Hunter has coached the Boardman girls cross country team for two years. This season, the team were names County, Suburban League, District Champions and finished runner-up in the Federal League.
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Boardman High School cross country coaches Stacey Hunter and John Phillips were named District 1 coaches of the year during the annual coaches award banquet at the end of February.
The team finished fifth at the Regional meet, just missing qualifying to State by one place. The team also was undefeated during the regular season. Junior Jordan Grantonic earned Federal League Runner of the Year honors. In Hunter's first year, the team finished third at the Suburban and County meets, fourth at the Federal League meet and fifth at the District Meet.
Hunter is a 2000 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School where she qualified two years to state in cross country and three years in track. She ran competitively at the University of South Florida for two years before transferring to Baldwin Wallace where she qualified to the Nationals in the indoor 800 meter run. She is a physical education teacher at Center Middle School and also serves as the high school distance coach in track and field.
Phillips finished his fifth year of coaching cross country at Boardman. His teams have been the Mahoning County Champions the past five years and were Federal League and District champions the past two years. This year they were the Regional Champions advancing the team to the state meet. Coach Phillips lead his team to a fourth place finish at state which ties the best team finish since 1985. Senior standout Mark Hadley won the first individual state championship in boys cross country history and fellow senior standout Alan Burns finished All-Ohio at the state meet.
Phillips has been selected Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Mahoning Valley Coaches Association the past four years and was named Federal League Coach of the Year the past two years. He is an English teacher at Boardman High School and also serves as the boys head track coach.