Boys track team finish as league runners-up
The Boardman Boys track team concluded its time as members of the Federal League by finishing as runners-up following a second place finish at the league championship meet at GlenOak High School. Senior Mark Hadley was voted Federal League MVP for the third straight season; counting cross country, Hadley has been voted MVP six times in four years.
The Spartans opened the meet by placing fifth in the 4x800 meter relay with the team of seniors Mark Hadley, Alan Burns, Justin Maroni and junior Nick Long. The next event, the 110-meter hurdles, senior Jeff Bean was second in a time of 15.64 seconds, which earned him Second Team All Federal League status. In the 100-meter dash, Spartan senior Brian Bodrick placed first at 11.30 seconds and senior Turel Thompson was third at 11.60, earning them First Team and Honorable Mention All Federal League.
“Brian and Turel had excellent nights,” said coach Phillips. “Huge credit to our sprint coach Rick Sypert; he did an awesome job.”
In the 1600-meter run, Hadley placed first and gained First Team All Federal League honors with a meet record time of 4:17; he was followed by Second Team All Federal League runner Burns in second at 4:18 which also eclipsed the previous meet record. The Spartans were third in the 4x200 meter relay which earned Honorable Mention All Federal League with the team of seniors Bodrick and Thompson, sophomore Brendon Lucas and freshman Sheldon Broyles in a season best time of 1:32.44. Lucas finished fourth in the 400 with a time of 51.87 seconds. The 4x100 meter relay team of Broyles, Bodrick, senior Ivan Adu-Poku and Thompson finished first in a season best time of 44.02 which gave the team First Team All Federal League honors.
“Our senior class was outstanding tonight,” said Phillips, “Every single senior scored and left everything on that track, as a coaching staff we could not be more proud.”
In the 300-meter hurdles, Bean finished fifth in 42.79 seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Bodrick took first in 22.92 seconds and Lucas was sixth at 23.78, Bodrick received First Team All Federal League honors.
Next, in the 3200-meter run Hadley placed first at 9:25 and set a new meet record as well as earned First Team All Federal League honors and Maroni was sixth at 9:57. In the 800-meter run, Hadley was second at 1:57 breaking the previous stadium record and gaining Second Team All Federal League honors and Burns was Honorable Mention All Federal League by placing third at 1:58. Also, the Spartan 4x400 meter relay team of junior Josh Suarez, freshman Kobe Adu-Poku, Lucas and Burns took fifth in a time of 3:39.
In the field events, senior Mike Sferra was fourth in the discus with a throw of 128 feet and 10 inches and freshman George Wallace was seventh at 123 feet and 6 inches. Senior Sean Lonardo was eighth in the shot put at 42 feet and 8 inches. In the high jump, Bean finished fourth with a leap of 6 feet. While in the pole vault senior Steve Brown took fourth with a vault of 13 feet. Finally, in the long jump Thompson earned First Team All Federal League by placing first at 20 feet and 2 and a half inches.
“Last year we had 116 points and GlenOak 113. This year they had 152 and we scored 143,” said Phillips. “If that doesn’t show how much both teams went all out for this, I don’t know what else will. I have tons of respect for GlenOak and will miss the rivalry we have with them. There is no doubt the Federal League made our program better.”