Boardman girls track take second place
The Boardman girls track team completed their Federal League dual meet season by beating Massillon Perry with a score of 105-31 on May 6. With this win, the girls now stand in second place by themselves with a 5-1 record. GlenOak is in first with an undefeated record and Hoover is in third place behind Boardman with two losses for the season. The final league standings will be decided May 16 when the league championships take place at GlenOak.
At the Perry meet, the 4x800 meter relay team of Jordan Grantonic, Trista Cunningham, Brandi Gatte and Regan O’Hara won in 10:06; Hope Landers took first place in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles running 16.7 and 50.3, a season best time. The 4x200 meter relay team of Morgan Hambrick, Nikki Hillard, Jada Redd and Arianna Cuevas won with a season best time of 1:46.9 and the 4x100 meter relay team of Hambrick, Landers, Hillard and Briana Fonderlin won in 52.0. Redd won the 400 dash in 64.6; Katelynn Morrell won the 1600-meter run in a season best of 5:32.9; Jordan Grantonic placed first in the 800 running 2:29.6 and Emma Schwenedeman won the 3200 in 11:51.5, season best times for both girls. The meet concluded with the 4x 400 team of Heaton O’Hara, Redd, Alison Green and Cuevas running to first in 4:17.0. In the field events, Ka’nisha White placed first in the shot put and discus throwing 37 feet 11 3/4 inches and 92feet 11 inches. Hambrick won the high jump at 5 feet and Logan Mitchell won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet 3 inches.
Taking second place honors for the team were Stephanie DeMain in the 100 hurdles running 16.9; Cuevas in the 100 clocking 13.1; Cunningham in the 1600 running 5:40.3; Green in the 400 at 66.4; Jessica Knickerbocker in the 300-meter hurdles with a season best time of 52.8; Heaton O’Hara in the 800 with a season best of 2:32.1; Faith Twyman in the shot with a season best of 32 feet 4 inches; Brittany Chamberlain in the pole vault at 7 feet 7 inches and Kelly Tomcsanyi and Logan Mitchell tied in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet 8 inches.
Taking third place honors were Knickerbocker in the 100 high hurdles with a season best of 16.9; Caitlynn Conner in the 100 at 13.8; Mitchell in the 300 hurdles running 53.8; Brandi Gatte in the 800 running 2:33.1; Brooke Harsh in the pole vault at 7 feet 7 inches; Monica Corley in the high jump at 4 feet 6 inches; Hillard in the long jump at 14 feet 7 inches and Alexis Martinez in the discus throwing 78 feet 4 inches.
“We needed to win this meet to stay in second place in the league by ourselves,” Coach Denise Gorski said. “The girls had many personal best performances on this night as they continue to improve with every meet. Now we have to go into the league championship this Friday and place in the top three in order to have a shot at winning the league or finishing as runners-up. I know this team is definitely up to the challenge. GlenOak will be tough to beat but we wouldn’t be in this position in the standings if it weren’t for the tremendous performances the girls put on at the Jackson and Hoover dual meets. I know we surprised a few people in Canton when we won both of those meets, especially the Hoover meet as they came in undefeated.”
On May 9 the girls traveled to Euclid for the 61st running of the Euclid Relays. They finished in fourth place out of twelve teams in a very competitive field of teams from around the state.
Several Boardman athletes took top places at the event. Taking first place was the distance medley relay team of Alison Green, Caitlyn Hadley, Emma Schwendeman and Jordan Grantonic in a time of 13:21.51. Placing third was the 4x800 meter relay team with a season best time of 9:56 and team members were Heaton O’Hara, Trista Cunningham, Brandi Gatte and Regan O’Hara. The 4x200 meter relay team of Morgan Hambrick, Nikki Hillard, Jada Redd and Arianna Cuevas raced to third place in a season best time of 1:46.88.
Emma Schwendeman placed third in the 3200-meter running 12:00.4. Jada Redd placed fourth in the 400-meter dash running a season best of 60.72. Taking fifth place in running events was Stephanie DeMain in the 100 high hurdles running 17.11; Katelynn Morrell in the 1600 running 5:35; and the 4x100 meter relay team of Hambrick, Redd, Hillard and Cuevas in a season best of 50.94.
Coach Gorski was pleased with the overall effort in a very competitive field saying, “This is the first time we have been to the Euclid Relays but I have heard a lot about it in years past. And now I can see why because it was a highly competitive field. Our girls again showed their determination and talent as they placed a highly respectable fourth in a prestigious field.”