Gaynor, Hayes and Jordan put up big time performances in Division 1 finals

The boys mid-distance and distance races had very strong fields coming into the State Championships, and were expected to have some fast times coming from those events.  They did not disappoint.  In the 1600, Hudson senior Gavin Gaynor used a sub two minute last 800 meters to finish off a great performance.  His winning time was 4:09.24.  Eight other boys in the race ran 4:15 or faster.  Frank Hayes of Sylvania Southview was expected to challenge Marc Sylvester’s 1:48.93 800 meter record that was set back in 2001, and he nearly broke it.  Hayes went out fast and grabbed a sizeable early lead.  He ran about as good a race as you can run, with a first lap of 54.1 seconds and then coming back with a second lap of 55.05.  His final time of 1:49.15 is the second fastest 800 meter time in OHSAA history.  The next four finishers all ran 1:53.  To cap off the distance events for the day, Andrew Jordan of Watkins Memorial put on a special performance.  Right from the start he took the lead and pushed an aggressive pace.  It was clear that he had the state record on his mind.  He went through the 800 mark at 2:09 and then the 1600 mark at 4:21.  Going into the last lap he needed to run under 69 for his last lap to get the record, and he did just that with a 67.9 finals lap.  He set the new Division 1 3200 record with a time of 8:54.96, and received many cheers from the fans in attendance.  Congratulations to these three young men who put on a memorable performance.

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