YES, SHE DID!
Shakira Dancy, a Winslow sophomore who ran her first career outdoor track race about nine weeks ago, officially turned in the greatest 100, 200, 400 sprint triple in New Jersey state championship history!
Dancy swept the three sprints in the state Group 3 meet at Northern Burlington Regional High School in Mansfield Township. Not only did she lead Winslow to its fourth straight state championship, she became the first girl ever to run sub-12, sub-24 and sub-54.5 in the same meet in New Jersey history.
Only three other girls in state history have ever run as fast as Dancy in their entire high school career, and they are all absolute legends: English Gardner of Eastern, Olivia Baker of Columbia and Regina Trotter of Weequahic.
First, here’s a look at their PRs:
Gardner [2007-08]: 11.49, 23.60, 53.98
Baker : 11.64, 23.95, 52.46
Trotter : 11.68, 23.96, 54.3
Dancy [2016: 11.94, 23.96, 54.36
Baker and Gardner, two of the greatest runners in state history, still have superior PRs to Dancy. At least for now.
But what about the greatest single-weekend triple?
That’s a different story. Gardner never ran the 400 at states, so she’s out.
Baker? She ran the 100, 200, 400 and 800 at states varying years. She actually lost as a senior in the 100 to Bria Mack. As a sophomore and junior, she tripled but it was the 200, 400 and 800. And she ran a leg on the winning relay too. But no 100, 200, 400 triples.
Trotter swept the 100, 200 and 400 in Group 3 in 1991, but only her 100 time was faster than Dancy’s – she ran 11.68, 24.10 and 54.48. That would be the best sprint triple at states until now. But Dancy has Trotter in two of three events.
And get this: Dancy is already No. 15 in South Jersey history in the 100, No. 5 in the 200 and No. 10 in the 400!
Dancy ran indoors for Eastern before transferring to Winslow. She dipped just under 60 in the 400, running 59.77 at indoor states at the Bubble. But nothing that hinted of what was to come this spring.
What’s next for this remarkable Winslow Township sophomore? We’ll find out Wednesday night!