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.
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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.
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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.
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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.).