The Boardman boys cross country team placed the top four finishers and 11 of the top 20 at the second Suburban League Contest at Girard's Liberty Memorial Park, defeating seven teams to remain unbeaten this season.
Junior Alan Burns took first at a time of 17:09 while junior Justin Maroni was second overall with a time of 17:52. They were followed by freshman Nathan Hadley and sophomore Juan Santiago who placed third and fourth respectively with times of 17:53 and 18:11.
"Overall, an outstanding team effort," said Boardman head coach John Phillips, "to have such a low score in a meet in our league is a tremendous accomplishment, especially at such a challenging course like Girard's."
Boardman’s Alan Burns comes in first during the Suburban League meet in Girard on Sept. 5 with a time of 17:09.
Placing sixth overall was senior Sam Sheronovich at 18:31 and classmate Ryan Key who was 14th overall out of 110 runners with a time of 19:43.
Junior Trevor Leyden and sophomore Nick Long finished 16th and 17th overall with times of 19:51 and 19:52. Rounding out the Spartans top finishers was freshman Adam Deeley with a time of 20:14 for an 18th place finish, senior Fletcher Dunham in 19th with a time of 20:18, and senior Colton Jenkins in 20th overall with a time of 20:31.
Setting a new personal best on the wet, muddy, and challenging Girard course was sophomore Brandon Rigelsky in a time of 21:44. That effort earned Rigelsky this week BW3 Runner of the Week Award.
On Sept. 11, the Spartan guys placed 10 of the top 20 runners at the third Suburban League contest of the season Tuesday at Stevens Park in Niles. The victory improves the Spartans record to 34-0 this year.
Junior Mark Hadley took first at a time of 16:38, while classmate Alan Burns was third overall with a time of 17:23. Next up for the Spartans was Maroni, fourth at 17:24, followed by Hadley in sixth with a time of 17:30.
Also placing high for Boardman were Sheronovich and Santiago whose times of 18:21 and 18:23 were good enough for 14th and 15th places respectively. Senior Pete Stafford was 17th overall in a time of 18:39, Key was next at 18th in a time of 19:08. Sophomore Nick Long was 19th overall in a time of 19:10 and junior Jacob Kelleck was 20th overall in a time of 19:31.
The seniors have now successfully completed undefeated regular seasons for four consecutive years, and are a part of a 10-year undefeated regular season (Tuesday meets) run.
"To have an unbeaten season in the Suburban League is a special accomplishment," said Phillips, "for our seniors to go undefeated in the league all four years that they represented Boardman High School is really a great achievement for them and our program."
Setting new personal bests at the challenging Niles course were junior Mo Akbar at 21:50, junior Jeff Bean at 21:44, sophomore Andrew Cessna at 22:35, sophomore Dan Liptak at 19:50, sophomore Brandon Rigelsky at 20:52, sophomore Matt Stark at 23:15, sophomore Kostas Kasamias at 19:31, freshman Nick Cessna at 24:01, freshman Jared Whitford at 22:24, freshman Ethan Schwendeman at 20:38, freshman Sean Allan at 20:38, freshman Adam Deeley at 19:24, and freshman Brett Brunko at 22:14.