Last year, she didn’t even participate in states.
This year, she dominated states.
Winslow Township sophomore Shakira Dancy, a first-year track participant, turned in one of the greatest sprint performances ever by a South Jersey sprinter this weekend, sweeping the Group 3 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes at the state track championships at Northern Burlington Regional in Mansfield Township.
She became the first girl in nine years to triple the three short track races in the state Group 3 meet.
On Friday, Dancy won the 100 in 12.03 after a PR 11.94 in the trials and the 400 in a personal-best 54.36. On Saturday, she won the 200 to complete the sweep.
Her 30 points led Winslow to its fourth straight Group 3 team title and fifth overall (they tied with Northern Highlands last year). Winslow is the first school ever to win four consecutive Group 3 state championships.
The last to record a Group 3 sprint sweep?
Lakewood star Shavon Greaves ran 11.61, 23.69 and 55.26 to sweep the three sprints in 2007 in South Plainfield. She went on to an All-America track career sprinting at Penn State.
Dancy is ridiculous.
–> Her 11.94 is No. 3 in New Jersey this year, behind only Williamstown’s Bria Mack, who ran 11.68 in the trials of the South Jersey Group 4 sectional race at Egg Harbor last weekend, and Kaitlin Salisbury of Hawthorne, who ran 11.83 to win the state Group 1 title this weekend at Egg.
–> Her 54.36 is No. 2 in New Jersey this year, behind only IAAF World Youth Games intermediate hurdles champion Sydney McLaughlin of Union Catholic, who set a state record of 52.44 on Friday.
We don’t know her official 200 time yet, but she’d run as fast as 24.37 at the Camden County Championships last month this year going into states.
The only girl in South Jersey history to run faster than Dancy in all three races is legendary English Gardner, now ranked No. 2 in the world in the 100. Williamstown’s Dana Burnett in the mid-1990s came very close.
Here’s a look at the high school PRs for all three:
Gardner : 11.49, 24.04, 54.00
Burnett : 11.85, 24.42, 53.51
Dancy : 11.94, 24.37, 54.36
So Dancy is already among the fastest sprinters in South Jersey history and she’s got a Meet of Champions Wednesday, nationals later this month and two more full seasons to go!