Lakeview Centennial High School student Mariah Ayers will compete at the state track and field meet May 12-13 with a new distinction under her belt. The sophomore recently broke the district record in the 200-meter dash at regionals, heading to state as the third-fastest qualifier.
“Mariah was the district champion this year in the 200,” said head cross country and track coach Terrenee Knight. “She ran 24.66 at district, 23.99 at area and 23.52 at regionals. She is such a focused and hardworking young athlete. Our coaching staff knew she would have a great showing at the regional meet, but the time was a shock to us all—including Mariah.”
“I was happy, proud and excited. I didn’t go in with the goal to break a record. I just wanted to compete and do well,” added the humble runner. “[My teammates] were all waiting for me at the team tent. We were all hugging and smiling.”
Ayers ran competitively for the first time at age 6. She resumed the practice during her seventh-grade year at the Classical Center at Brandenburg Middle School.
“Mariah is an AP student who balances success in the classroom as well as on the track and basketball court,” Knight revealed. “We have our goal set on gold at state.”
“I hope to win and achieve a new personal record,” Ayers stated.
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