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Spartans to send seven to regionals

May 25, 2017
The Town Crier

AUSTINTOWN - The Boardman High School boys track team will send seven athletes to the 2017 Ohio High School Athletic Association Regional Championship after finishing fourth overall at this year's district championship May 17 and 19 at Austintown Fitch High School.

Spartan senior Chris Butler qualified in two individual events, placing second in the 1600 with a time of 4:27 and fourth in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:59. Butler also was a part of the Spartan 4x800 relay team with classmate Koby Adu-Poku and sophomores Trevor Boggess and Payton Torres that placed third in a season best time of 8:16 and earned a regional spot.

"Chris Butler has become one of the best distance runners, not just in Boardman, but in the state of Ohio over the past three years," Boardman head coach John Phillips said. "His work ethic and dedication is a great example for younger runners to follow."

Boardman also will send two athletes in the field events to the regional championship, with senior George Wallace in both shot put and discus and senior Don Lewis in the pole vault.

Wallace was the district champion in the shot put with a throw of 51 feet and 6.75 inches and finished fourth in disc with a throw of 156 feet and 2 inches. Lewis placed fourth in the vault at career best 12 feet.

"George had a great meet," Phillips said. "Our district has excellent throwers, and we have not had a district champion in a throwing event in some time."

The Spartans capped off the meet by placing fourth in the 4x400 with the team of Adu-Poku, junior Justice Jama, and sophomores Josh Rodriguez and Eri Ojewale in a season best time of 3:32.

The Spartans scored in a variety of events including the high jump, where Jama was seventh and senior Richard Fisher was eighth.

Junior Steven Amstutz placed fifth in the shot put with a career-best throw of 49 feet and 2.5 inches, and freshman Mitchel Dunham placed eighth in the 3200 in a career-best run of 10:07.

"We have a great coaching staff here at Boardman. Jason Armburger, John Pallini, John DePietro, Ashlee Frazzini, Doug Kephart, Stephanie DeMain, Rick Sypert and John Phillips Sr. all do an excellent job year after year," Phillips said. "But we also have great kids who work hard and trust the process year after year as well to make it all happen."

The Spartans next will compete Wednesday and Friday at the OHSAA Regional Championship at Fitch.

 
 

 

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