Hurdled, jumped, and sprinted for Cleveland John Adams High School. Cleveland Recreation Track Club, and prairie View College. Won five national college AIAW events and scored in nine others for a national record at the time. Won two national AAU/TAC events including the 400 hurdles where she set an American and national college record. Scored in two other national 400 hurdles and made the 1977 and made the national team. She showed great versatility by scoring in the 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles, long jump, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 rely in the national meets. Ayers was very successful in high school, setting two Ohio high school state records. Attended high school before the first girls state track meet.