The Boardman boys track team qualified several athletes to the 2013 regional championship at Friday's district meet held at Austintown. The Spartans finished fourth overall behind Fitch. Solon was second, and Warren Harding was first.
Senior Mark Hadley earned a regional spot in 3,200 by placing first. Senior Alan Burns earned a regional spot in both the 1,600 and 3,200 by placing second and third in each of those races. Senior Justin Maroni also earned a spot in the regional by placing fourth in the 1,600. Also, senior Turel Thompson placed fourth in the long jump, and senior Jeff Bean was fourth in the high jump to earn regional berths as well. Senior Steve Brown is the final regional qualifier with his second-place finish in the pole vault.
Those athletes will need to finish in the top four places of their events to advance to the 2014 state championship meet in Columbus.
''As a team, this was not our best showing of the season, and that is disappointing,'' explained Boardman head coach John Phillips, ''but the silver lining is that we have several athletes with a chance to get to Columbus.''