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Tapestry's Jada Kenner matches world record for her age group in winning 200

Seventh-grader Jada Kenner once again is on top of the world.

The 12-year-old Tapestry High School track star set a world record for runners in her age group for the second time this year, matching the world mark in the 200-meter dash on Saturday.

Kenner won the 200 during the Eddy Games at Schnectady High School in 23.72 seconds. Her time matched the record set in 2017 by Brianna Lyston of Kingston, Jamaica.

“It was really amazing to do that,” said Kenner, who earned meet MVP honors. “I didn’t know I was going to run a 23. I didn’t know it was a record. They had to tell me. I was proud of myself.”

“She was unbelievable,” Tapestry coach Dan Tryon said. “She’s been working hard at practice. ... She’s getting better every week.”

Kenner set the world record for her age group while winning the 300 meters during the indoor state track and field championship in 39.24 seconds in March.

Kenner set two personal records Saturday in helping Tapesty finish fourth out of 33 teams -- impressive considering the Thunder Hawks competed with just four athletes. In addition to the 200, she broke the meet record while winning the 100 in 11.91 seconds.

Kenner also helped the 400 relay team of Nyrelle Simpson, Angel Marshall and Nia Stevens win in 48.69 seconds. The time ranks third in the state but is .60 off matching the Section VI record held by Lancaster.

Kenner said she’s most proud of the relay team’s time because it automatically qualifies the crew for nationals.

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