Things didn't go as planned for Jaiden Stokes as the lone competitor for the Westerville North High School track and field program in the Division I regional meet.
On May 22 at Pickerington North, the junior sprinter did not reach the finals in either of her two events. The top four finishers in each event advanced to state Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Ohio State.
Stokes was 10th in the 400 meters (1 minute, 1.97 seconds) as the top eight advanced to the final May 24 at Pickerington North. Dublin Jerome's Emily Oiler was eighth in the preliminary in 1:00.29.
In the district 1 meet, which concluded May 18 at Hilliard Darby, Stokes was fourth in 1:00.19.
"Jaiden put herself in good position (in the 400 preliminary heat)," coach Johnny Jackson said. "She just didn't finish the race. That's probably the weakest finish I've seen her have."
In the 100 preliminary, Stokes was 11th (12.93) as Olentangy's Muskan Arora was eighth (12.78). Stokes had finished fourth (13.01) at district.
"Jaiden didn't qualify (for the finals) in either of her events, but it's definitely a coaching moment," Jackson said. "She'll learn from what she did wrong. She'll be upset for a while, but she'll learn what she did wrong and we'll get moving.
"It still boils down to what she did in the regional semis. If she would have run the regional semis like I wanted her to run this wouldn't have backed up like this. It was more mental (May 22) than it was physical."
Williams named swimming coach
Samantha Williams will be North's new swimming coach, pending school board approval.
Williams is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and Kenyon College. She was interim coach at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, last winter, and she was an assistant in the program in the 2017-18 season.
She replaces Rich Morris, who resigned after four seasons. Williams will handle coaching duties for swimming but not diving.