At the recent Mahoning County Championship meet, the Boardman girls track team gave defending champion Austintown Fitch a battle but the Spartans came up 11 points short of winning the meet.
They scored 171 points and Fitch won with 182 while West Branch finished in third place with a total of 101 points. The Spartans and Falcons traded places most of the meet with a three-six point difference separating them as the meet went on.
Out of 17 events, the Lady Spartans took first place in six events and were runners-up in six events. Senior Morgan Hambrick defended her county title in the high jump by jumping a season best of 5'2''. Junior Brittany Chamberlain won her first county title in the pole vault with a height of 7'6''. The 4 x 800 meter relay team defended their county title by racing to first and running a season best time of 10:11.67. The team consisted of seniors Emma Schwendeman, Katelynn Morrell, Brandi Gatte and Trista Cunningham. Schwendeman came back later in the meet to win the 3200 meter run with a season best time of 12:10.79. In the 100 meter high hurdles, junior Hope Landers won her first County title by running 17.41. The meet was wrapped up for the Falcons going into the last event, the 4 x 400 meter relay but that didn't stop the Boardman relay team from winning the event in an exciting race to the finish. The team of Cunningham, Gatte, junior Allison Green, and sophomore Arianna Cuevas ran a time of 4:19.39.
Two of the sprint relays finished second in the meet with the 4 x 200 meter relay team of Hambrick, sophomore Caitlynn Conner, Cuevas and freshmen Logan Mitchell running 1:52.44. The 4 x 100 meter relay team ran 52.99 and consisted of Hambrick, Landers, senior Nikki Hillard, and Conner. Mitchell ran a season best time of 51.77 to take runner-up honors in the 300 meter hurdles and Cuevas raced to second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.65. In the field events, Mitchell placed second in the long jump with a leap of 14'3 1/2'' and junior Brooke Harsh placed second in the pole vault with a height of 7'0''.
The team received team depth points from every event. Morrell placed third in the 1600 and third in the 3200, running season best times of 5:35.18 and 12:20.53. Cuevas was third in the 400 running 64.67, and Landers was third in the 300 meter hurdles running 54.13. Junior Stephanie DeMain raced to fourth in the 100 meter hurdles running 18.14; Conner was fourth in the 100 running 14.17; Schwendeman raced to fourth in the 1600 running a season best of 5:35.67; Gatte was fourth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:35.21and junior Ka'nisha White was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 34'8 1/2'' Placing fifth for the team was Cunningham in the 800 running 2:37.55 and Hambrick in the 200 with a time of 28.58. Junior Alison Green raced to sixth place in the 400 running 65.67 and junior Faith Twyman threw a personal best of 31'2'' in the shot put to place seventh. Placing eighth with additional points for the team were White in the discus throwing 93'4''; Mitchell in the high jump with a leap of 4'6'' and sophomore Cassie Harsh in the long jump with a season best distance of 13'3 1/2''
The girls team has now won two relay meets, the Dover and Bedford Relays and now runners-up in the county meet. They have an overall dual meet record of 3-1 and 1-1 in the Federal League standings.
On Tuesday, the league traveled to Massillon Jackson, with results not in time for this publication.