Phoenix News · Oberlin’s Azare Hairston takes titles in 100, 200 as Phoenix places 3rd as team

CRESTON — Azare Hairston may have been late in realizing how much of a fit track was for him, but on Friday he was right on time.

The junior took home district titles in the 100 and 200 meters, helping the Oberlin boys finish third in the team standings at the Division III district meet at Norwayne High School.

“It feels good since this is my first time doing track,” Hairston said. “I always had people telling me to do track, but I never thought it would be like this. Now I wish I did track when I was a freshman.”

Hairston was able to defend his first-place preliminary times, though by narrower margins. In the 100, he clocked 11.64, just 0.03 ahead of East Canton’s Wyatt Deutschman. In the 200, he held off Ty Jovingo of St. Thomas Aquinas by 0.5 seconds, winning in 23.22.

He was one of 14 local individuals — 10 in running events and four in field — and three local relays that advanced to the regional meet to be held Wednesday and Friday at Massillon Perry.

Oberlin produced all three of the relay teams, with the girls taking second in the 4×200 and fourth in the 4×100. The boys took third in the 4×200.

Ian Washington was third in the 100 and 200. Jonathon Turner (third, 400) and Liz Santiago (fourth, 200) rounded out the individual qualifiers for the Phoenix.

“It’s just the amount of work we’ve been putting in,” Hairston said. “Since the start of the season to now it’s been a complete change. Everyone is getting on everyone for something and it’s been pushing us to be better.”