Juniors Flora Ahiarakwe and Shakira Dancy both ran sub-58 splits, and the Winslow Township girls roared to a Millrose Games qualifier in the Suburban 1,600-meter relay at the Millrose Trials at the Armory on Wednesday.
Winslow won its race in 3:57.71 and wound up with the top overall time in the various unseeded heats, with North Rockland of New York 1-100th of a second back in 3:57.72 in the previous heat.
Senior Iyianna Williams led off for Winslow with a 60.2, with Ahiarakwe next in 57.3. Junior Maryn Hess split 1:02.5, and Dancy anchored in 57.8.
Winslow’s time is No. 1 by a New Jersey school this year and No. 6 nationally. It’s also not far off the 3:57.05 Winslow ran at New Balance Nationals last year, which was the fastest by a South Jersey school in 2016.
Dancy won the 200 last spring at the Meet of Champions and placed second to Olympian Sydney McLaughlin in the 400.
Williams, Ahiarakwe and Dancy all ran on the Eagles’ winning 4-by-1 team and second-place 4-by-4 team at Meet of Champions last year.
Th 110th annual Millrose Games are scheduled for Feb. 11 at the 168th Street Armory in New York.
Winslow’s fastest previous time this winter was a 4:04.47 at one of the South Jersey Track Coaches Association meets at the Bubble in Toms River. Their time is fastest by a South Jersey school since Kingsway ran 3:56.54 in 2014 at nationals.
Rancocas Valley nearly broke 4:00, with Shauna Nuss, Sydne Nance, Nora Strittmatter and Aliyah Taylor running 4:01.60.
Taylor, the 55-meter dash Meet of Champions winner a year ago for Pemberton, is beginning her first year at Rancocas Valley. Nance (58.9) and Taylor (58.3) both broke 59 seconds for the Red Devils.