Boardman High School Hosts Annual Cross Country Invitational Saturday

BOARDMAN, Ohio – About 20,000 spectators are descending around the campus of Boardman High School for Saturday’s 36th annual Spartan Cross Country Invitational.

This athletic event is one of the largest meets, not only in Ohio, but the entire midwest.

More than 5,000 middle and high school runners from 440 teams and approximately 175 schools from Ohio and neighboring states are set to compete in 16 races between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Last year’s event had limited numbers and fewer spectators due to the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. That event was held over two days with 12 races and no middle school or open races.

“We are overjoyed to be back to our traditional event, all the runners in one day, and no limitations on competitors or spectators,” says Spartan Invitational meet manager Dave Pavlansky.  “Once again, this year, we are partnering with Akron Children’s Hospital, who will provide sports medicine physicians and athletic trainers to man our medical facilities.  

“There’s nothing like watching families cheer on their runners and truly, our community support is amazing.”

Sponsoring the event are Merrill Lynch, Second Sole and Asics.

For more information and complete results from the Spartan Invitational, click HERE.

Pictured: Spartan Invitational meet manager Dave Pavlansky stands at the finish line where there will be 16 races with more than 5,000 middle and high school runners, along with about 20,000 spectators.

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