The Boardman High School boys track team finished as All-American Conference runners-up for the 2019 season following the closest championship meet in AAC history on May 7.
The Spartans were 1.5 points short of first place Fitch by a score of 148.5-147. Warren Harding was a distant third with 82, Howland was next at 69, followed by Canfield with 46 and Ashtabula Lakeside with 31.5. The Spartans opened the meet with a first place finish in the 4x800 meter relay with the team of senior Payton Torres, junior Mitchel Dunham, sophomore Frank Bero and sophomore Jonah Bacho in a season best time of 8:15. Senior Josh Rodriguez placed fifth in the 200 meter dash and sixth in the 100 meter dash. Junior Brian Yauger finished second in the 110 meter hurdles and was second in the 300 meter hurdles as well.
The 4x200 meter relay team of junior Isaiah Suarez, sophomore Brennan Stratton, freshman DJ Evans and Rodriguez placed third. Dunham and Bero finished second and third in the 1600 meter run. The 4x100 meter relay team of senior Zach Hillard, sophomore Dawaylon Pritchard, Rodriguez and Evans placed fifth. Suarez placed first in the 400 meter run and Stratton was fourth. The 800 meter run saw Bacho place fourth and Torres fifth. The 3200 meter run was won by Dunham with junior River Flatley finishing second. The Spartan 4x400 meter relay team of sophomore Cristian Ortiz, Torres, Yauger and Bero placed first with a season best time of 3:31.07.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.