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Spartans finish fourth in Chagrin Falls

September 11, 2019
The Town Crier

Senior Mitchel Dunham became the second fastest Boardman Spartan in history this past Saturday after his first place finish in a time of 15:30 at The Frank Gibas Invitational at Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls. Dunham bested 543 other runners and finished less than 1/1000th of a second ahead of Justin Iler of University School. In addition to Dunham's new record, junior Frank Bero became the 22nd Fastest Spartan with a time of 16:34 placing ninth. The Spartans finished fourth overall out of 25 teams and improved their varsity record to 28-4 for the 2019 season.

Aiding in Boardman's varsity score was junior Beau Gorby in 44th in a new career best time of 17:35. Junior Justin Maloney in 50th with a new career best time of 17:39, and junior Anthony Marshall in 65th with a time of 17:52.

"We had a great day today," said Boardman Head Coach John Phillips, "Kenston's invitational has grown from 9 schools in 2013 to 29 this year-it has become one of the best in Ohio. After today, I feel our team has taken a huge step towards being in the mix come postseason."

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Senior Mitchel Dunham becomes second fastest Spartan in history at Chagrin Falls.

Setting new personal bests at Kenston were Dunham, Bero, Gorby, and Maloney along with seniors Alan Cuevas at 19:16, Nick Esmail at 21:16, and Jacob Thomas at 25:03. Juniors setting new personal records were Johnny Gabriele at 19:14, Michael Halchuck at 18:48, Michael DeLuca at 23:34, Pat Hubert at 18:49, and Andrew Nguyen at 20:31. Sophomores setting new marks were Trey DePietro at 19:11, Jack Graff at 18:51, and Shane Hetzel at 20:10. Freshmen setting new career highs were Anthony DeMain at 24:03, Ethan Dunlany at 20:28, Trystan Miller at 24:47, Jason Sweder at 22:53, Jacob Wolf at 24:55, Andrew Yocum at 19:52, Ben Zilavy at 18:29, and Josh Zilavy at 18:31.

Also setting a new personal record was freshman Brady DePietro at 18:47 in just his fourth ever high school race. That effort earned the young Spartan 'Runner of the Week' honors.

"Brady is a tremendous athlete," said Phillips. "He is still learning how to run a high school race and has dropped almost three and a half minutes in less than three weeks. He has a very bright future in our program."



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