The Boardman girls outdoor track team opened up its 2013 outdoor season by winning the Dover Relays April 5. Out of 13 relay events at this meet, the team placed first in eight of them.
“The girls performed very well across the board at this meet,” said Boardman coach Denise Gorski.
“They showed that this year’s team has a lot more depth than we have had the past few years. I also give them a lot of credit because they have been practicing in miserable conditions for the past five weeks, but they didn’t complain or let up in practice.”
One school record was broken at this season-opening meet. The team of senior Daisy Corso, juniors Trista Cunningham and Brandi Gatte and sophomore Jordan Grantonic set a new meet record in the 4x1600 relay, running a time of 23:04. The previous record was 23:25 set in 2008 by Katie Heney, Becca Muntean, Colleen Kratofil and Lauren Agnew.
In other running events, first-place honors went to the 4x100 relay team of Morgan Hambrick, Hope Landers, Stephanie DeMain and Ariana Cuevas, running 53.0. The shuttle hurdle relay team ran 1:10 to win and consisted of Landers, DeMain, Elysia Cuevas and Sydney Lewis.
The winning distance medley team ran 13:45 and consisted of Gatte, Regan O’Hara, Cunningham and Grantonic. The sprint medley relay team of Hambrick, Landers, Ariana Cuevas and Heaton O’Hara ran 2:00 to win the event.
In the field events, the shot put relay team threw 106-9, just missing the school record and consisted of Giovanna Silvestri, Ka’nisha White and Katrina Watkins. The same girls came back to win the discus relay event, throwing a combined total distance of 304 feet. The pole vault team placed first with Sarina Mauerman, Brittany Chamberlain and Brook Harsh, vaulting a combined height of 22-0.
Two events took runner-up honors. The 4x800- relay team of Regan O’Hara, Elly Larrier, Corso and Audrey Keleman won in a time of 11:01. The long jump relay team jumped a combined total of 39-7 Ω to take second and consisted of Lewis, Ariana Cuevas, and Payton Bryant. Taking third-place honors was the high jump team of Hambrick, Katie Blaine, and Harsh with a combined height of 9-2 and the 4x400 relay team of DeMain, Gatte, Corso and Regan O’Hara (4:47).