Track athletes shine


By Chris Miles - cmiles@civitasmedia.com



Jonathan Alder’s Aziza Ayoub cruises to victory in the 800-meter run during the Grandview Bobcat Booster Invitational Friday, April 21.


Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

Madison-Plains Levi Gardner competes in a relay during the Bobcat Booster Invitational held at Grandview Friday, April 21.


Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

West Jefferson’s Laura Scott runs a leg of a relay at the Bobcat Booster Invitational held at Grandview Friday, April 21.


Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

A trio of Madison County track and field teams competed at the Grandview Bobcat Booster Invitational Friday, April 21 with mixed results.

None of the teams won team championships, but there were some standout individual performances.

In the girls meet, Grandview won the team title posting a score of 125 points, which edged Mount Gilead (118) and third-place finisher Jonathan Alder (108). The rest of the field had Liberty Union fourth (99) followed by West Jefferson (37) and Madison-Plains (27).

The Pioneers’ All-Ohio standout Aziza Ayoub easily won the 1,600-meter run (5:20.1) and cruised to victory in her signature event the 800-meter (2:23.9). Alder teammate Donna Seminishin won the high jump (5-0) and West Jeff’s Justice Holcomb placed first in the long jump (15-3).

Ayoub, the defending D-II 800-meter state champion has a season-best time of 2:19.11 in the 800 which ranks her among the fastest times in the area and the fastest time among D-II runners. She also has one of the fastest times in the 1,600 with her 5:20.1.

Alder was also tops in the 3,200-meter relay (10:10.1) and won the 1,600-relay (4:15.9), both times are among the fastest times run in the area.

On the boys side the meet was won easily by the host Bobcats which scored 177 points and easily outdistanced runner-up Mount Gilead (131), Liberty Union (103), Jonathan Alder (69), West Jefferson (23) and Madison-Plains (16).

The lone championship earned by a Madison County boy athlete was by Jase Headings in the 800-meter run. His time of 1:59.1 won the event.

The other Madison County athletes with times, heights and distances among the best in Central Ohio include Seminishin and West Jefferson’s Casey Chaffins both at 5-0 in the high jump and Mikayla Martinez of London in the pole vault (9-0).

Jonathan Alder’s Aziza Ayoub cruises to victory in the 800-meter run during the Grandview Bobcat Booster Invitational Friday, April 21.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2017/04/web1_JDG_3256a_-JAHS-Aziza-Ayoub.jpgJonathan Alder’s Aziza Ayoub cruises to victory in the 800-meter run during the Grandview Bobcat Booster Invitational Friday, April 21. Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

Madison-Plains Levi Gardner competes in a relay during the Bobcat Booster Invitational held at Grandview Friday, April 21.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2017/04/web1_JDG_3359a_-MPHS.jpgMadison-Plains Levi Gardner competes in a relay during the Bobcat Booster Invitational held at Grandview Friday, April 21. Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

West Jefferson’s Laura Scott runs a leg of a relay at the Bobcat Booster Invitational held at Grandview Friday, April 21.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2017/04/web1_JDG_6154a_-WJHS-G-Relay.jpgWest Jefferson’s Laura Scott runs a leg of a relay at the Bobcat Booster Invitational held at Grandview Friday, April 21. Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

By Chris Miles

cmiles@civitasmedia.com

Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.

Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.