by JOHN HOWLEY / sportingpumpkin.com
COLUMBUS — Circleville’s Faith Yancey earned herself a spot on the awards podium at the Division II state track and field championships Saturday afternoon.
In the process, the sophomore set a school record as she ran the 200 meters in 25.98 seconds. (The previous record belonged to Rebekah Branham.)
“I came into this not very confident because all the other girls I ran against in the prelims were pretty fast but I’m super happy with what I did,” Yancey said.
She knocked off nearly a half second from her times at the district and regional meets.
“The whole season, I really haven’t had much competition,” she said. “Recently at the regional and the state there were a lot of girls I could run against and get time off.”
Kya Epps of St. Vincent/St. Mary in Akron won the race in 23.81 seconds.
Yancey was part of a five-member contingent of Tiger runners who qualified to the state. But the 800-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay teams she was part of didn’t make Saturday’s finals nor did Lily Winter in the 400.
“I love my teammates. Sadly, two of them are seniors (Winter and Addison Lowe) and they’re leaving,” Yancey said. “It was the best track season I could ask for and I enjoyed it more than anything.”