Elijah Williams of Vinton County placed 14th overall in the long jump at the Division II State Track & Field Championship meet on Friday at Pickerington North High School. (Photo By Todd Compston)
Elijah Williams of Vinton County placed 14th overall in the long jump at the Division II State Track & Field Championship meet on Friday at Pickerington North High School. (Photo By Todd Compston)

PICKERINGTON – Two local athletes from The Telegram coverage area saw their seasons end at the 2021 OHSAA State Track & Field Championship meet in Division II last Friday, at Pickerington North High School.

Vinton County senior Elijah Williams, who finished as the regional runner-up in the long jump, came in as the 16th seed on Friday morning.

Also, Jackson junior Olivia Kennedy, fresh off district, and regional titles in the 400m dash, had the seventh best time coming into Friday’s competition.

This was the first appearance in the state meet for both competitors, who missed the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was also the first time a local athlete in The Telegram coverage qualified for the state meet since Chucky Morris of Jackson in 2017. 

With only the top nine moving on to the finals in the long jump Williams moved up two spots from his 16th seeding to finish 14th after clearing 20 feet, 7 ¾ inches in the long jump.

Meanwhile, Kennedy just missed qualifying for the finals in the 400m dash on Friday afternoon. Kennedy ran 58.69 seconds to finish in ninth place.

Only the top two in the three preliminary heats and the next two fastest times advanced to the finals.

Although, it marks the end for Elijah Williams in his high school career at Vinton County, Kennedy will return for another season at Jackson.