Bria Mack became one of NJ’s top sprinters ever during remarkable 2016 season!

Williamstown’s Bria Mack capped her junior year with her first career Meet of Champions title, and it was the highlight of a remarkable season.

Mack had six previous top-10 finishes in a Meet of Champions, including a second in the 100 last spring behind Union’s Daisha Bisiolu. But this time she wouldn’t be denied.

After an 11.82 in the trials Mack ran 11.87 in the finals, finishing a comfortable 1 1/2 meters ahead of Kaitlin Salisbury of Hawthorne, who ran 12.01 in the final after an 11.96 in the trials.

Mack’s victory came 20 years after another Williamstown sprinter, Dana Burnett, won the Meet of Champions 100 in 11.85.

The makes Williamstown the sixth school with more than one Meet of Champions 100 winner. The others are Woodbury, Weequahic, Montclair, Franklin and Columbia.

South Jersey girls won the Meet of Champions 100-yard dash or 100-meter dash (since 1979) 11 of the first 12 years the Meet of Champs existed but had just seven of the past 29 years before Mack’s victory this year.

Here’s a list of every Meet of Champions 100 winner in history:

1975 … Vonnie Coker (Woodbury) 11.1
1976 … Sharon Johnson (Haddon His) 11.0
1977 … Lori Lewis (Woodbury) 11.1
1978 … Michele Glover (Pennsauken) 10.7
1979 … Pat Dunlap (Camden) 11.5 [100 meters]
1980 … Michele Glover (Willingboro) 11.6
1981 … Michele Glover (Willingboro) 11.5
1982 … Denise Mitchell (Edgewood) 12.2
1983 … Wendy Vereen (Trenton) 11.3
1984 … Denise Liles (Kingsway) 11.9
1985 … Andrea Conaway (Bordentown) 12.1
1986 … Denise Liles (Kingsway) 11.9
1987 … Neretta Freeman (Garfield) 12.52
1988 … Roxanne Francis (Weequahic) 12.16
1989 … Gilly Dishon (Tenafly) 12.36
1990 … Regina Trotter (Weequahic) 11.95
1991 … Regina Trotter (Weequahic) 12.05
1992 … Staci Jordan (Orange) 12.11
1993 … Inshallah Saunders (Plainfield) 11.98
1994 … Nicole Carmichael (Kennedy) 12.04
1995 … Nicole Carmichael (Kennedy) 11.80
1996 … Dana Burnett (Williamstown) 11.85
1997 … Aleah Williams (Montclair) 11.91
1998 … Melisa Barber (Montclair) 11.57w
1999 … Aleah Williams (Montclair) 11.65
2000 … Amandi Rhett (Moorestown) 11.61w
2001 … Kimberly Lyles (Franklin) 11.94w
2002 … Jenna Harris (Franklin) 11.96
2003 … Jenna Harris (Franklin) 11.74
2004 … Jamillah Nock (Wilson) 11.96
2005 … Ogechi Nwaneri (Columbia) 11.99
2006 … Ogechi Nwaneri (Chatham) 11.66
2007 … English Gardner (Eastern) 11.62
2008 … English Gardner (Eastern) 11.88
2009 … Myasia Jacobs (Paramus Catholic) 11.72
2010 … Myasia Jacobs (Paramus Catholic) 11.48
2011 … Myasia Jacobs (Paramus Catholic) 11.47
2012 … Annie Johnson (Shawnee) 11.82
2013 … Olivia Baker (Columbia)) 12.05
2014 … Torie Robinson (Winslow)) 11.73
2015 … Haisha Bisioulu (Union) 12.04
2016 … Bria Mack (Williamstown) 11.87

And here’s a look at the all-time Meet of Champions performance list, with Mack checking in as the No. 15 performer of all-time with her 11.82 in the trials on the Central Regional track in Wayville. (Note that the Meet of Champions all-time performance lists are a joint project of me and Jim Lambert)

 

 

  • 11.47            Myasia Jacobs (Paramus Catholic), 2011 (1)
  • 11.48            …… Jacobs, 2010 (1)
  • 11.5               Wendy Vereen (Trenton), 1983 (1)
  • 11.56            English Gardner (Eastern), 2010 (2)
  • 11.57            Me’Lisa Barber (Montclair), 1998 (1)
  • 11.61            Amanda Rhett (Moorestown), 2000 (1)
  • 11.62            …… Gardner, 2007 (1)
  • 11.62            …… Jacobs, 2011 (q)
  • 11.66            Ogechi Nwaneri (Chatham), 2006 (1)
  • 11.68            Aleah Williams (Montclair), 1999 (1)
  • 11.68            Shavon Greaves (Lakewood), 2007 (2)
  • 11.72            …… Jacobs, 2009 (1)
  • 11.73            Torie Robinson (Winslow), 2014 (1)
  • 11.74            Jenna Harris (Franklin), 2003 (1)
  • 11.74            Michele Glover (Willingboro), 1981 (1)
  • 11.74            Patti Dunlap (Camden), 1979 (1)
  • 11.76            Shameka Speed (Bridgeton), 2003 (2)
  • 11.77            Aisha Morgan (Schalick), 1998 (2)
  • 11.80            …… Rhett, 1998 (3)
  • 11.80            Nicole Carmichael (Paterson Kennedy), 1995 (1)
  • 11.82            Denise Liles (Kingsway), 1986 (1)
  • 11.82            Annie Johnson (Shawnee), 2012 (1)
  • 11.82            Bria Mack (Williamstown), 2016 (Q)
  • 11.84            Michele Glover (Willingboro), 1980 (1)
  • 11.84            …… Glover, 1979 (2)
  • 11.85            Dana Burnett (Williamstown), 1996 (1)
  • 11.87            Porshe Giddings (East Orange), 2007 (3)
  • 11.87            Dominique Booker (Montclair Immaculate), 2009 (2 P)
  • 11.87            Jordan Simmons (Bishop Ahr), 2010 (3)
  • 11.87            …… Mack, 2016 (1)
  • 11.88            …… Nwaneri, 2007 (4)
  • 11.88            …… Gardner, 2008 (1)
  • 11.89            Jasmine Carter (Columbia), 2010 (4)
  • 11.91            …… Williams, 1997 (1)
  • 11.91            Darriea Pigott (West Orange), 1995 (2)
  • 11.92            …… Rhett, 1999 (2)
  • 11.92            Bria Saunders (Parsippany), 2014 (2)
  • 11.93            Georgina Nembhard (Ocean Twp.), 2006 (2)
  • 11.94            Kim Lyles (Franklin), 2001 (1)
  • 11.94            Wendy Vereen (Trenton), 1981 (2)
  • 11.94            …… Robinson, 2014 (Q)
  • 11.95            Regina Trotter (Weequahic), 1990 (1)
  • 11.95            …… Me. Barber, 1998 (4)
  • 11.95            Audrey Wilson (Deptford), 2008 (2)
  • 11.95            Danielle Beniulis (Jefferson), 2014 (3)
  • 11.96            Jamillah Nock (Camden), 2004 (1)
  • 11.96            Jenna Harris (Franklin), 2002 (1)
  • 11.96            Kaitlyn Davis (North Brunswick), 2012 (2)
  • 11.96            Madeline Soto (University), 2014 (4)
  • 11.96            Kaitlyn Salisbury (Hawthorne), 201 (Q)
  • 11.97            Carlene Cummings (Englewood), 1996 (2)
  • 11.98            Camille Campbell (Carteret), 2000 (2)
  • 11.98            Audrey Wilson (Deptford), 2007 (5)
  • 11.98            Inshallah Saunders (Plainfield), 1993 (1)
  • 11.99            …… Johnson, 2012 (Q)

Mack finished her 2016 season with a third-place finish in the 100 at the Brooks PR Invitational in Renton, Wash., with an 11.88.

Finally, here’s a look at the all-time New Jersey list, which gives you a sense of where Mack ranks among the greatest sprinters in state history. She ran 11.68 in the finals at sectionals at Egg Harbor, which places her No. 12 in state history and No. 4 in South Jersey history.

With one year to go!

11.42 … Michele Glover [Willingboro], 1981
11.44 … Myasia Jacobs [Paramus Catholic], 2012
11.49 … English Gardner [Eastern], 2008
11.50 … Wendy Vereen [Trenton], 1984
11.57 … Patti Dunlap [Camden], 1979
11.57 … M’elisa Barber [Montclair], 1998
11.61 … Shavon Greaves [Lakewood], 2007
11.62 … Cathy Crawford [Perth Amboy], 1997
11.64 … Olivia Baker [Columbia], 2013
11.65 … Aleah Williams [Montclair], 1999
11.65 … Ogechi Nwaneri [Columbia], 2005
11.68 … Bria Mack [Williamstown], 2016
11.68 … Regia Trotter [Weequahic], 1991
11.70 … Assante Johnson [Camden], 2009

 

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