As the dust settled on the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division Track and Field Championship meet at Pleasant High School last week, it became obvious the Pioneers of Jonathan Alder have some exceptionally talented, standout individuals but as a whole that’s just not enough to compete for a league title.
The Lady Pioneers placed fourth in the seven-team event, while the boys placed sixth.
The biggest and brightest star on Alder girls team is All-Ohio standout Aziza Ayoub. The sprinter-turned-middle-distance state champion tried her best to carry the Pioneers to victory but fourth was as far as the team could get.
Alder scored 86 points on the girls side, which was well behind champion River Valley (124), as well as runner-up Galion (104)and Pleasant (93). The Pioneers were followed by North Union (71), Buckeye Valley (56.5) and Marion Harding (36.5).
Ayoub won her signature event, the 800-meter run (2:22.09) and also took home first place in the 400-meter dash (56.11). She placed second in the 100 (12.66) and anchored the 4×400 relay to a championship run in 4:07.78. The other members of the relay included juniors Lexi Thorpe and Emily Davis, along with sophomore Maddy Killian.
Other top finishes on the girls side included the 3,200 relay team which won its race (10:14.49) with Thorpe, Jillian, Sydney Bourquin and Ashlyn McDaniel.
McDaniel was fifth in the 1,600 (5:48.2) and freshman Rachel Clemens (sixth, 5:51.6) was a spot behind her. McDaniel was second in the 3,200 (12.33.07) and Clemens crossed the finish fourth (12:41.93).
Davis (51.22) and Thorpe (52.26) placed fourth and fifth in the 300-hurdles. Bourquin was fourth in the 800 (2:33.19).
In the field events, Helena Hall was fifth in the high jump (14-04.5).
The Alder boys sixth-place finish (59 points) was well behind the winning mark posted by Galion (134). The rest of the field had Harding (122), followed by Buckeye Valley (82), River Valley (72), Pleasant (67), Alder and North Union (36).
Individual standouts for the boys were led by Jase Headings who easily won the 800 (1:56.08). Luke Malone was fourth in the 1,600 (4:46.84) and placed third in the 3,200 (10:18.43) and freshman Gavin Frick was two spots behind, finishing fifth in 10:30.42.
Freshman Daniel Henig was third in the shot put (42-06.25). Senior Matt Seimer leaped to third in the high jump (6-01), he was also sixth in the high jump (18-10.75).
The 1,600 relay finished second (3:37.32) with Headings, Joey Holloway, Clayton Boggs and Devin Damron.
The school’s 3,200 relay was fourth in a time of 8:39.93, members of the relay were Headings, sophomore Jordan Herrick and freshmen Malone and Zach Hicks.
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