Boardman’s Mark Hadley raced to a first place finish in a time of 15:54, outpacing 160 competitors, to lead the Spartans to their 12th consecutive Mahoning County Cross Country Championship and Hadley’s second individual championship Sept. 24 at Austintown Township Park.
Boardman narrowly outscored second place Canfield 28-26, Fitch was third with 58 points. Struthers was a distant fourth place with 151.
The Spartans placed 10 runners in the top 30 and placed three of the top five scoring spots to earn another victory; following Hadley was classmate Alan Burns in second place in a time of 16:23 and sophomore Nathan Hadley in fifth place in a time of 17:03. They were followed by senior Jacob Kelleck in ninth in a time of 17:31, junior Nick Long 11th overall in 17:33, senior Trevor Leyden 19th at 17:53, junior Juan Santiago 20th in 17:54, sophomore Adam Deeley 22nd overall in a time of 18:00, senior Ryan McKeown in 29th at 18:31 and sophomore Ethan Schwendeman in 30th in a time of 18:33.
“We take a lot pride in being the best distance program in Mahoning County,” said Spartan head coach John Phillips. “We had our top four guys kind of run at a slower pace due to a big invitational this Saturday and our normal third or fourth guy, senior Justin Maroni, was out so Nick Long really stepped it up for us today.”
Setting new personal bests at the Austintown course were senior Sharukh Khan at 27:41 and freshmen Nathaniel Ams at 18:40, Chris Butler at 21:16, Nick DiGiacomo at 20:17, Josh Jenkins at 20:43 and Jack Swavel at 20:17.
This weeks BW3 ‘Runner of the Week’ award was given to junior Nick Long for setting a new personal best time of 17:33 and scoring for the varsity at county to secure the victory for the Spartans.
With the county title, the Spartans improved their record to 102-1 on the season.