The stellar high school career of London High School distance standout Sarra Taylor will come to an end on Saturday, June 7, at the OHSAA Division II state championship meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the Ohio State University campus.
Taylor assured her spot in the state’s biggest meet after placing second in the 3,200-meter run (11:24.65) in the regional final held at Lexington High School on Saturday, May 31. The race was won by River Valley’s Hannah Campbell in a regional record 10:49.03. The top four placers in each event advanced to the state meet.
Taylor has run in this event at the state meet twice before, placing fourth in both 2011 as a freshman and again in 2012 as a sophomore. The London senior who has committed to run track and cross country at Miami University, also earned All-Ohio honors in cross country as a sophomore and again as a senior. As a sophomore she won the D-II state cross country championship.
While Taylor will be making her final state appearance, a collection of Jonathan Alder athletes will be making their first.
Pioneers’ freshman Aziza Ayoub qualified for the state in the 400-meter dash after placing fourth in a time of 58.58. She was also a member of the school’s 4x400 meter relay team that finished third in 4:04.43 and earned a state meet spot. Other members of the relay included juniors Melissa Noel, Jordi Dye and Jaime North.
On the boys side, Alder sophomore sprinter Aaron Kaeser blazed his way into the state meet by placing fourth in the 100-meter dash (11:37).
The Alder 4x400 relay team, and the two Pioneers’ individual qualifiers will run prelims during the D-II running portion of the meet on Friday, June 6. The state meet will start at 9:30 a.m. Friday with the D-II field events and the D-III running events starting at that time. The D-II running prelims will start at 1:30 p.m.
According to the schedule released by the OHSAA the D-II boys 100 will be run at approximately 2:20 p.m. and the girls 400 prelim right around 3 p.m. The prelims of the 4x400 relay is slated to take place around 4 p.m.
There is no prelim in the 3,200. The final will be run on Saturday, June 7, around 2:45 p.m. The boys 100 final will take place near 1:10 p.m. Saturday, the girls 400 final is slated for 2:05 p.m. and the 1,600 relay final is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.
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