JA’s Ayoub qualifies for state meet

Madison County will be represented at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state championship track and field meet thanks to the abilities of Jonathan Alder sophomore sprinter Aziza Ayoub.

Ayoub punched her ticket to the state meet by finishing second in the 400-meter dash at the Division II regional meet held Saturday afternoon, May 30 at Lexington High School.

Ayoub’s time of 56.81 was faster than every other runner except for Rossford’s Regan Clay who set a new Region 6 meet record with a blistering time of 54.81.

With the finish she advances to the D-II state championship meet which will be held at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6. The 400-meter prelim will be run Friday around 3 p.m. The top two finishers in the two heats and the next five fastest times will advance to the final Saturday afternoon. The finals of the 400 are scheduled to be run at 2:05 on Saturday afternoon.

Ayoub also qualified for the regional as an individual in the 100-meter dash. She made it through the prelim and into the finals, where she ultimately placed eighth in a time of 12.98. The 100 was won by Michaela Butler of Liberty-Benton (11.87). Clay was second in 12.34.

The Alder 4×400-meter relay team also ran at the regional and advanced to the finals. The foursome of Ayoub, and seniors Melissa Noel, Jaime North and Jordi Dye placed sixth (4:16.67) in the finals missing a berth in the state meet by two places.

The team from Lutheran West won the race in 4:09.06, it was followed by fellow state meet qualifiers in Oak Harbor (4:09.7), Liberty-Benton (4:09.88) and Orrville (4:09.9).

As a team Alder scored 12 points and finished tied for 19th place in the regional with Firelands, Western Reserve and Bexley. The D-II regional title went to Liberty-Benton (65) with Galion finishing as the runner-up (49).

Ayoub qualified for the state meet a year ago and was also on the Lady Pioneers 1,600 relay team that qualified for the state a year ago, but neither she or the relay placed high enough to earn a spot on the state awards podium.

Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 via Twitter @MadPressSports.