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Boys, girls win tri-meet; runners-up at county

April 27, 2017
The Town Crier

The Boardman boys track team improved its 2017 record to 8-0 with a victory over the Howland Tigers and Champion Flashes April 18 by a score of 95-62-18.

The Spartans opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 4x800 meter relay with the team of sophomore Payton Torres, freshman Mitchel Dunham, sophomore Trevor Boggess and senior Nathaniel Ams.

Freshman Brian Yauger placed second in the 110 hurdles with junior John Fleet taking fourth. Junior JaJuan Forte placed first in the 100-meter dash with senior Jason Clinkscale.

The 4x200-meter relay team of senior Sheldon Broyles, senior Caeden Rogers, senior Koby Adu-Poku and Forte placed second. The 4x100 relay team of Forte, Broyles, Adu-Poku and junior Justice Jama placed first.

Boggess finished second in the 400-meter run with Torres in third and junior Jacob Kimble in fourth. Sophomore Eri Ojewale placed first in the 300 hurdles with Fleet placing second.

In the 800-meter run, sophomore Josh Rodriguez placed fourth overall. Meanwhile, in the 200-meter run, Jama was second, Forte placed third and sophomore Billy Cammack took fourth.

The next event was the 3,200-meter run, which saw Dunham place first and Ams third. The 4x400 relay team of Cammack, Torres, Rodriguez and Boggess placed first.

In the field events, junior Steven Amstutz placed first in the shot put with senior Donovan Turney in second, sophomore Nikitas Missos in third and freshman David Merdich in fourth.

Wallace placed first in the discus and Amstutz was fourth. Senior Richard Fisher placed first in the pole vault with classmate Don Lewis taking second. Jama was first in the high jump with Fisher in second and Cammack in third. Jama also placed third in the long jump with Clinkscale taking fourth.

"This was a solid effort from our team," head coach John Phillips said. "We asked a lot of guys to compete in events that are more geared towards a training goal rather than winning a meet and they all responded very well."

The Boardman boys also competed Saturday at the 104th Mahoning County Track Meet, where the local boys finished in second place with 165 points, behind Austintown with 188. Poland came in third with 86 points.

The boys competed Tuesday against Austintown and Canfield at a home tri-meet.

The Boardman Lady Spartans defeated Howland and Champion April 18 as well, posting a wining score of 97-70-8 to improve their record to 8-0.

Three of the Lady Spartan relay teams finished the night with first-place finishes.

The 4x100 (53.9) was composed of Jessica Mowery, Lexus Willis, Brigita Ositis and Delaney LaBelle; the 4x200 (1:52.1) was run by Bella Alvarico, Ositis, Mowery and MaKayla D'Eramo; the 4x400 (4:29.1) was run by Caitlyn Hadley, Gina Gabriele, Casey Zaitzew and Cassandra Stitt; the 4x800 finished 2nd (11:03.0) and was run by Salina Jackson, Zaitzew, Hannah Ryan and Sophia McGee.

In the open events, several Lady Spartan took home first-place finishes: Jessica Knickerbocker in the 100 hurdles (15.6) and 200 (27.8); Nadine Gabriel in the 1600 (6:02.9); Stitt in the 400 (1:03.3); D'Eramo in the 300 hurdles (49.5); Gizzy Kelso in pole vault (7' 6"); and Emily Carnahan in the shot put (31' 6.75")

Lady Spartans with second-place finishes included Kaylin Burkey in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles; Lindsey Billett in the 100; Megan Janek in the pole vault and high jump; Ositis in the long jump; and Carnahan in the discus.

Lady Spartans with third-place finishes included Gabriele in the 1600; Hadley in the 400; Emily Warhol in the 800; Haley Blangero in the 200; Hannah Davitt in the 3200; Logan Mitchell in both the high and long jumps; and Ronnie Scott in the shot put.

Spartans scoring in fourth place included Kei Boyd in the 100 hurdles; Zaitzew in the 400; Alexis Kaleda in the 3200; Ali Swavel in the high jump; Kenzie Widrig in pole vault; Kamryn Flesher in the shot put; and Abbie Sammartino in the discus.

The Boardman girls track team finished runner-up to Austintown Fitch at the 104th Mahoning County Track Meet on Saturday, where Fitch won the event with a team score of 193 and Boardman earned a second-place finish with 167.

Casey Zaitzew won her third consecutive Division I county championship in the 3200 with a season best of 11:48.58. Casey also was the runner-up in the 1600 with another season best of 5:26.16

Logan Mitchell was the county champion in the high jump, tying her season best with a 5' 2" effort. Logan was the runner-up in the long jump as well with a 13' 4.75" effort.

MaKayla D'Eramo was the county champion in the 300 hurdles with a season best of 48.26. She also was a member of the county runners-up in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, as well as the third-place 4x400 relay.

Jessica Knickerbocker continued her successful senior season with three county runner-up finishes in the 100 hurdles, the 4x100 and the 4x200. She also was fifth in the 200.

Kaylin Burkey had an extremely busy and successful day. She was the county runner-up in the high jump with a 5' effort and she took home third-place finishes in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

Brigita Ositis was a third-place finisher in the long jump with a 13' 4.75" effort, as was as a county runner-up in the 4x100 relay.

Cassandra Stitt was a third-place finisher in the 800 with a season best 2:29.26 and she was a member of the third-place 4x400 relay.

Caitlyn Hadley was a fifth-place finisher in the 800 with a season best 2:35.98 and she was a member of the third-place 4x400 relay.

Lexus Willis was a fourth-place finisher in the 100 and was a member of the runner-up 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Salina Jackson scored in both open events she competed in. She posted a seventh-place finish in both the 200 and 400 on the day.

Hannah Ryan finished sixth in the 1600 and was a member of the second-place 4x800 relay.

Teammates Mikel Flatley, Gina Gabriele and Nadine Gabriel all secured second-place finishes as members of the 4x800 relay.

Sophia McGee ran a season best 12:55.72 to finish fourth in the 3200 run.

Jessica Mowery continued her successful career of relay races with a second-place finish in the 4x200 and a third-place finish in the 4x400. She has been involved in a total of one county relay championship team (4x200 in 2016), five county runner-up relays and a third-place finish during her career for the Lady Spartans.

Kenzie Widrig was the third-place finisher in the pole vault with a season best of 6' 6".

Megan Janek was the fourth-place finisher in pole vault in her first county meet.

Emily Carnahan continued her successful season with a sixth-place finish in the shot put and a seventh-place finish in the discus.

Kamryn Flesher had an outstanding day with a fourth-place finish in the discus and a seventh-place finish in the shot put.

Lindsey Billett scored an eighth-place finish in the 400 on the day.

The Lady Spartans were back in action Tuesday with a tri-meet with Austintown Fitch and Canfield.

On Friday, the girls will head to Berea for the Titan Relays.



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