Lakota East sprinter Serena Clark eclipsed a regional record that had stood since 1990 during the first day of the Division I track and field meet at Wayne High School on Wednesday.
Just a sophomore, Clark’s clocking of 11.79 in 100 meters qualifying bested the previous record of 11.81 that D’Andre Hill of Cincinnati Mt. Healthy established in 1990. Hill was an All-American at LSU and ran for the United States in the 1996 Olympic Games at Atlanta.
Clark also qualified first in the 200 (24.42) and ran on East’s 4x100 relay (47.41) that qualified first.
Only the 4x800 relay was a final on Wednesday. All other racing was to qualify for Friday’s finals. About half the field events also were finals on Wednesday.
The top four regional placers advance to next week’s season-ending D-I state meet at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
East also will feature senior Dustin Horter on Friday. He enters the 1600 (4:12.12) and the 3200 (9:10.34) among the state’s best. He’s also the defending D-I state 1600 champ.
Friday’s remaining field events begin at 5 p.m. and running finals at 6:30 p.m. The D-II regional is at Piqua on Thursday (5 and 6 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.). The D-III regional is at Troy on Wednesday and Friday (5 and 6 p.m.).