The final weekend of high school sports in the state of Ohio included a collection of Madison County athletes competing in the Division II state track and field meet held Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
One runner from London and five more from Jonathan Alder all gave their all against the very best in the state. In the end, it was London senior Sarra Taylor who finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run, doing so in a time of 11:15.
The race was won in D-II state meet record time of 10:40.66 by Hannah Campbell of River Valley. Allison Sinning of Tipp City Tippecanoe (11:03.53) and Taylor Vernot of Wauseon (11:11.44) were the only other runners to finish ahead of Taylor in her final high school race.
The most decorated distance runner in London school history reached the award’s podium and picked up All-Ohio honors in the process, she will next continue her career at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she will run cross country and track for the Redhawks.
While Taylor was making her final stand at the state meet, the collection of athletes at Jonathan Alder were making their first. The Lady Pioneers had their 4x400-meter relay team which consisted of juniors Jordi Dye, Melissa Noel and Jaime North as well as freshman Aziza Ayoub.
Ayoub also qualified for the last meet of the season as an individual in the 400-meter dash. On the boys side Aaron Kaeser was the school’s only state qualifier.
The 1,600-meter relay team was unable to get out of Friday’s prelims after finishing 15th in a time of 4:10.63. The top nine times advanced to Saturday’s final, the ninth-fastest slot was nabbed by Washington Court House (4:04.20).
Ayoub wasn’t able to make it to the meet’s second day after placing 11th in the prelims (59.51). The ninth fastest time and final qualifying spot was a 58.19.
Kaeser’s first state meet appearance also ended on the first day. The sophomore sprinter posted a time of 11.10 which was 12th fastest among D-II state meet qualifiers.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.