The spring sports season is racing toward the finish line and a handful of Madison County athletes are doing their best to stay ahead of the end of the season.
The high school track and field postseason arrived with the districts this past weekend and those who finished in the top four in each event advanced to this week’s regional championship meets. Any individual or relay team that can place in the top four at the regional will earn themselves a ticket to the season-ending OHSAA state championships at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
WESTERVILLE — The London and Jonathan Alder high school girls teams competed in the Division II district meet at Westerville South. The Alder squad scored 45 points and finished fourth, well behind team champion River Valley (92 points). London scored 21 points and came in 13th out of 21 teams.
The Alder 3,200- meter relay team will be running in the regional after winning the district in an impressive time of 9:51.81. That time was more than seven seconds faster than runner-up Liberty Union (9:59.16) and almost 16 seconds faster than its seeded time.
The members of the relay were senior Aziza Ayoub, junior Lexi Thorpe, sophomore Maddy Killian and freshman Sydney Bourquin.
Three of those same runners ran in the 1,600 relay and placed third (4:05.62) to advance they were Ayoub, Thorpe, Killian and junior Emily Davis.
Ayoub (2:09.25) and Thorpe (2:24.30) will both run in the regional in the 800-meter run as they finished first and fourth respectively. Ayoub is the defending state champion in the event.
Alder freshman Donna Seminishin was second in the high jump (5-00) and will be moving on.
London’s Makayla Martinez advanced to the regional in both the 1,600 (5:26.83), placing fourth, in that event and the pole vault (9-00).
London sophomore Destiny Clifton punched a regional ticket by placing third in the 400 (1:00.63), but just missed qualifying in the 100-meter dash, as she finished fifth (13.20).
Neither of the boys teams running at the D-II district meet scored particularly well. Alder scored 19 points and finished 12th, while London’s 5.5 points was good for 20th (out of 21).
Alder junior Jase Headings however won the 800 (1:53.98), just edging out a pair of runners from Heath to make the regional. London’s Nicky Alexander was sixth in the race with a time of 1:58.31.
The only other male qualifier in D-II was Matt Seimer, a senior at Alder, who placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 20-03.5.
PATASKALA — The county’s D-III squads competed in the two district meets that took place at Watkins Memorial High School.
The Madison-Plains girls team scored 17 points in the District 1 meet and finished 10th (out of 16), while the West Jefferson squad finished with 27 points in the District 2 meet and came in 11th (out of 15).
Golden Eagles’ regional representatives will be seniors Blair Bryant and Addison Davison. Bryant came in fourth place in the high jump, clearing 4-10, and Davison placed fourth in the pole vault (6-08).
Just missing the cut were Madison-Plains High School sophomore Sierra Lapasky who placed sixth in the 100 (13.67) and sophomore Aliya Patterson who was fifth in the pole vault (6-04).
The West Jeff girls were led by sophomore Justice Holcomb who won the long jump competition with a leap of 16-10.25. Junior Casey Chaffins who was third in the high jump (5-00).
The Roughriders 400 relay team will be moving on thanks to a fourth-place finish (53.91) with Madeline Jennings, Zoie Fisher, Holcomb and Lizzie Chamberlin.
The 800 relay was fifth (1:53.78) with Jennings, Holcomb, Fisher and Laura Scott.
Madison-Plains scored only 10 points in the D-III, District 1 meet and placed 15th out of 17 teams. But the Golden Eagles will have a regional representative as junior Ben Fisher placed second in the pole vault (10-08).
West Jeff was 10th out of 13 squads competing in the D-III, District 2 meet with 18.5 points. Freshman Riley Stone was third in the high jump 5-06.
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