Saint Joseph Academy senior runner Annie Allen has committed to The Ohio State University to continue her academic and athletic careers in the Big Ten. Annie will head to Columbus to be part of the Buckeye cross country and track & field teams.
Annie is one of the most decorated athletes in SJA history.
In cross country, she competed at the OHSAA state meet all four years at SJA placing 16th in 2016, 21st in 2017, 17th in 2018 and 18th as a senior this fall. With those finishes, she became the first four-time All-Ohio athlete in school history. Her 7th place finish at the regional meet in 2019 helped lead the Jaguars to the regional championship, the first for SJA since 2002. She is a two-time North Coast League MVP and league meet champion in cross country while also having the 2nd-fastest cross country time in school history (18:17) set in 2016.
In track & field, Annie is a two-time state qualifier and a two-time All-Ohio award winner. Last spring, she finished 11th at the state meet in the 3200 meter run in addition to being named the North Coast League Most Valuable Runner. In 2018, she finished 9th at the state meet in the 1600 meter run in a school-record time (5:00.06) while also competing at state in the 4×800 relay. As a freshman, she was a regional qualifier in the 1600 meter run. She won the 1600 meter run and 3200 meter run at the NCL meet in both 2018 and 2019.
As a member of the indoor track & field team, she is a two-time state qualifier. In 2019, she was a state indoor qualifier in the 1600 meter run and the 4×800 relay which advanced to the national meet in New York City. In 2018, she finished 6th at state in a school record time to earn All-Ohio honors. She is currently the indoor track & field school record holder in both the 1600 meter run (5:05.99) and as part of the 4×800 relay team.