Aveni sets New State Record in 800m - 2:07.04! Hayes runs OH #2 1:49.31

In the Amherst Division 1 Region yesterday afternoon, Geneva Sr. Brittany Aveni set a new girls 800m State record.  Aveni ran 2:07.04 just edging out last years D1 State Champion Rachel Banks of Chardon.  Banks ran 2:07.34.  The old record of 2:07.14 was set in 1996 by Candace Nicholson of Beaumont.  The two will get to run against each other again next Saturday in the D1 State Finals.  

Sylvania Southview's Frank Hayes, the defending D1 State Champion, bested his winning time of 1:51.16 from last year, running an Ohio #1 and Ohio #2 All-time 1:49.31.  He will have a lot of company chasing the  record of 1:48.93 set in 2001 by Marc Sylvester of St. Ignatius.