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Runners claim league titles

September 20, 2012
Morning Journal News

CANFIELD - The Spartans and the Bulldogs claimed league titles.

The Boardman boys' cross country team, and the Poland girls' cross country team placed first at the annual Suburban League Cross Country Championships held Tuesday at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

On the boys' side, Boardman finished first with 51, Canfield placed second with 66 and Mcdonald ended up third with 73.

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Southern Local’s James Napierkowski races at the Suburban League meet Tuesday. (Photo by Ron Firth)

Locally, East Palestine finished 14th with 453.

On the girls' side, Poland finished first with 53, South Range placed second with 93 and Boardman ended up third with 96.

Locally, East Palestine placed eighth with 284, and Lisbon finished 13th with 359.

East Liverpool did not take part in the meet.

"The weather was bad, and my team is not doing well," East Liverpool head coach Scott Thornberry said. "We have kids who are hurt and sick. It was my decision not to go."

Individually on the boys' side, Lisbon's Mark McGuire ended up 56th with a time of 18:54.72, Hunter Thompson placed 89th with a time of 19:46.59.

Charles Butler finished 123rd to lead the way for East Palestine. Butler finished with a time of 20:21.93. Teammate Joe Caporale ended up 132nd with a time of 20:28.81.

For Southern Local, James Napierkowski finished 81st with a time of 19:37.36, and teammate Matt Madison ended up 288th with a time of 26:48.92.

Two local runners finished in the top 25 on the girls' side.

Lisbon junior Carmen Phillips placed 18th with a time of 21:08.56, and East Palestine freshman Hayley Hall finished 24th with a time of 21:48.71.

East Liverpool is scheduled to run at the Malone Invitational Saturday.

"Hopefully, we will be a little healthier by then," Thornberry said.



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