Boardman girls' track team went into the Federal League Championship Meet May 16 in second place with one loss in the dual meet season to league leading and undefeated Canton GlenOak.
Hoover was going into the meet in third place with two season losses to GlenOak and Boardman. When the championship meet was over, GlenOak placed first with 169 points and finished as overall Federal League champions. Hoover scored 140 points to place second, Boardman placed third with 113 points and Massillon Jackson was close behind with 91 points. With Hoover placing above Boardman at the championship meet, both teams tied for runner-up in the overall league standings.
''The Fed is one of the toughest leagues in the state in track,'' said coach Denise Gorske. ''In the 11 years we have been in it, we have never won it but have been runners-up three times.''
At the league championship meet, the girls' team had 11 events out of 17 earn All-Federal League honors, the most the girls have earned. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of seniors Morgan Hambrick, Nikki Hillard, Jada Redd and sophomore Arianna Cuevas placed first running a season best of 1:46.15 and earned first-team league honors. Three girls earned second-team league honors by placing second in their respective events. Junior Hope Landers placed second in the 100 high hurdles running a season best of 16.56, Redd was runner-up in the 400 meter dash running 61.37 and Cuevas was second in the 200 running a season best of 26.69.
The team placed third in eight events to earn honorable mention league honors. The 4 x 800 meter relay team of seniors Brandi Gatte and Trista Cunningham and juniors Heaton O'Hara and Regan O'Hara ran a season best of 9:55.27 and the 4 x 100 meter relay team also placed third consisting of Hambrick, Landers, Hillard and Cuevas running 51.64. In the 100 meter dash, Cuevas raced to third in 13.05, Regan O'Hara placed third in the 800 running a career best time of 2:24.31 and senior Emma Schwendeman placed third in the 3200 running a season best time of 11:51.14. In the field events, two girls earned honorable mention league honors. Junior Ka'nisha White placed third in both the shot put and discus throwing 37'9'' and 105'10'' and Hambrick placed third in the high jump with a height of 5'2''. It was the second year in a row that Hambrick received honorable mention in the high jump.
''Morgan Hambrick was the only returning member of the team who earned league honors last year,'' Gorski said. ''To have ten other girls join her this year in obtaining league honors, the most ever while in this league is a tribute to how hard they work and to their event coaches who led them to these league honors.''
Placing fourth in the meet was junior Alison Green in the 400 meter dash running a career best time of 62.64 and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Heaton O'Hara, Cunningham, Regan O'Hara, and Green running 4:19.10. Senior Katelynn Morrell earned fifth place points in the 1600 running a career best time of 5:26.38 and junior Stephanie DeMain took sixth place in the 100 meter hurdles running 17.98. Taking seventh place points were Landers in the 300 hurdles running 52.89; Cunningham in the 800 running a career best of 2:28.56; Morrell in the 3200 running a career best of 12:05.78; freshmen Logan Mitchell in the long jump with a leap of 15'4 1/4'' and junior Brooke Harsh in the pole vault with a height of 8'0'', tying her season best vault. And taking eighth place was Schwendeman in the 1600 running a season best of 5:31.28; freshmen Jessica Knickerbocker in the 300 meter hurdles running 52.93; and junior Brittany Chamberlain in the pole vault with a height of 7'6''.
The girls' team finished the regular season with a 10-1 dual meet record losing only to Canton GlenOak. They also were the champions of the Dover and Bedford Relays, finished as runner-up in the Mahoning County meet.