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Boys cross country take second and third at invitational

Friday, October 6, 2017

Boardman’s Mitchel Dunham and Mark Moradian raced to second and third place finishes, outpacing 253 competitors, to lead Boardman High School to a third place finish at the 30th annual Valley Forge Patriot Invitational on Sept. 23 on the campus of Cuyahoga Community College West in Parma. Boardman’s varsity record now stands at 59-43.

The Spartans placed five runners in the top 25, with Dunham’s time of 16:57, Moradian at 17:02, senior Nick Lascola 17th in 18:16, senior Matt Moradian 22nd at 18:20 and senior Jimmy Lagese capturing 25th in 18:27.

“We had a really substandard performance at The Spartan Invitational,” said Spartan Head Coach John Phillips. “This past Monday I challenged our guys to learn from it and build off it and today we took a lot of positive steps forward.”

The Spartan junior varsity team placed first out of nine schools and ran their season mark to 97-18. Leading the junior varsity squad was junior Andy Beichner, sophomore Jackson Lipka, freshman Cristian Ortiz, freshman Justin Maloney and freshman Anthony Marshall.

Setting new personal bests were seniors Mark Moradian, Matt Moradian, Lascola, Jason Fabian at 18:47 and David Bader at 19:26; junior Beichner at 18:37 along with sophomores Steven Moradian at 19:33, Alan Cuevas at 20:18, Lipka at 18:49 and Zander Schobel at 21:41. Freshmen setting a new personal record were Maloney at 19:13, Frank Bero at 18:39, Ortiz at 19:12, Jason Lagese at 19:46, Johnny Gabriele at 21:14, Michael Halchuck at 21:03, Beau Gorby at 21:44 and Sal Buonamici at 22:42.