The theme on the first day of regional track is to do well enough to make it to day two.
That task is a lot harder than it sounds when 16 competitors often fighting to be one of the final eight who will run in the championship races. Madison County athletes competed in the D-II and D-III regional races in Lexington and Lancaster in hopes of making it to day two with a shot of making it to the coveted state meet.
Division II at Lexington
On the track Thursday, May 29, it was mixed bag for runners from Jonathan Alder and London.
Alder freshman Aziza Ayoub placed 10th (13.185) and just missed qualifying for the finals in the event. On the flip side Pioneers’ sophomore Aaron Kaeser just edged his way into the 100 final with his time of 11.482 which was the seventh fastest time in the prelims.
The Jonathan Alder 4x200 relay failed to make the finals, finishing 12th in 1:49.68. The members of the relay included Aziza, Jordi Dye, Melissa Noel and Jaime North. Those same four did make it out of the prelims in the 4x400 (4:09.02) with the sixth fastest time, putting it in contention for a state qualifying spot. The top four finishers in each event qualify for the state meet June 6-7 at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium.
The Pioneers’ boys 4x100 relay group of Sean Sullivan, Jesse Beachy, Matt Adams and Kaeser, placed 10th (44.70) and failed to move on.
Aziza did qualify for the finals in the 400 (58.63) with the third fastest time.
Not all of the running events had prelims, the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 events will be contested on Saturday, May 31, as finals only events.
A handful of field events had finals on Thursday, including the boys discus which saw Alder’s Zeke Thorpe place 14th (121-05). London’s Kali Boyd was unable to get out in the high jump, finishing in a tie for 13th (4-10).
The rest of the field events will also be on Saturday, May 31.
Division III at Lancaster
Madison-Plains freshman Dillan Rice was unable to register a height in the pole vault competition and had his season come to an end Wednesday, May 28. Rice came into the regional having cleared 8-06 but the lowest height cleared by the competitors in the regional at Fairfield Union High School was 10-06.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.