The collection of Madison County track and field athletes headed to the OHSAA state championship meet this weekend at Ohio State University has a distinct Red and Black hue to it.
Jonathan Alder High School will have a collection of participants at the state’s biggest meet, the county’s only representatives.
The most notable participant is Pioneers senior Aziza Ayoub. The defending Division II state champion in the 800-meter will get a chance to defend her crown after cruising to victory in the event at the D-II regional meet held in Lexington Saturday.
Ayoub broke her own regional record with a blistering time of 2:10.62, nearly five seconds faster than her nearest competitor.
Ayoub was also on the Pioneers 4×800 meter relay team (9:31.70) that finished second at the regional and advanced to the to the state meet. The team came in behind only the squad from Ontario (9:29.02). The other members of the relay are junior Lexi Thorpe, sophomore Maddy Killian and freshman Sydney Bourquin.
Alder’s 4×400 relay (4:07.79) placed seventh and missed out on a chance to move on. That relay included Ayoub, Thorpe, Killian and junior Emily Davis.
The Lady Pioneers as a team scored 20 points at the regional which placed the team 14th out of the 39 teams which scored in the meet.
No Division III county athletes will be competing at the state meet. West Jefferson’s Justice Holcomb looked to have the best chance advancing from the D-III meet held in Lancaster. But she placed seventh in the long jump (15-08).
On the boys side, Jonathan Alder’s Jase Headings had hopes of advancing to the state in the 800, but his time of 1:56.26 was good for only seventh place. The three points he scored were the only ones the team would register on the board at the D-II meet.
The OHSAA state championship meet will be held Friday and Saturday at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the OSU campus.
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