RV’s Aliyah Taylor registers monster 200-400 double at Ocean Breeze Invitational!!

Rancocas Valley junior Aliyah Taylor broke 25 seconds in the 200 for the first time and ran an indoor 400 PR in a monster sprint double at the Ocean Breeze Invitational on Staten Island.

Taylor ran 24.93 in the 200 and placed second to Kouri Peace of Pennridge High in Perkasie, Pa., who ran 24.62.

Taylor also ran 56.32 to place third in the 400 behind two girls from Cheltenham (Pa.) High  – Alexis Crosby (56.13) and Bria Barnes (56.23).

Her 200 time is No. 8 in South Jersey indoor history, and her 400 time is No. 9 on the all-time S.J. indoor list.

Taylor is one of only four girls that’s now on both all-time South Jersey lists — the 200 and 400. She joins Dana Burnett of Williamstown in 1997, Krystal Cantey of Winslow Township in 2006 and Kiara Lester of Deptford in 2016.

Last year, Taylor was the indoor Meet of Champs winner in the 55 while competing for Pemberton.

Taylor’s previous 200 PR was a 25.24 in the 200 trials Sunday. Before this weekend, her 200 PR was a 25.40 to win the Central Jersey Group 3 sectionals last spring. Her indoor 200 PR was a 25.90 at one of the SJTCA meets at the Bennett Center.

In the 400, Taylor had an indoor PR of 56.81 from a SJTCA meet last week. Her outdoor 400 PR is a 57.29 for third at last spring’s Meet of Champions.

Taylor is No. 1 in New Jersey in both the 200 and 400 this winter. Her 200 time is No. 41 nationally and her 400 time is No. 17.

Let’s take a look at the all-time South Jersey top-10 lists in both events. I included all 200 times under 25 seconds and all 400 times under 57 seconds.

200-METER DASH
24.38 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
24.46 … Amandi Rhett [Moorestown], 2000
24.61 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
24.73 … Cecelia Gerstenbecher [Delsea], 2016
24.5h … Jennifer Jackson [Eastern], 2003
24.78 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 1996
24.83 … Kiara Lester [Deptford], 2014
24.93 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
24.94 … Shardae Anderson [Paulsboro], 2005

400-METER DASH
54.24 … Okechi Ogbuokiri [Willingboro], 2003
54.91 … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 2008
55.16 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
55.19 … Michelle Brown [Seneca], 2008
55.4h … English Gardner [Eastern], 2008
55.6h … Denise Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
55.83 … Kiara Lester [Deptford], 2016
56.21 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 1997
56.32 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
56.34 … Katrina Sye [Buena], 1997
56.44 … Avionne Sloan [Camden], 2006
56.62 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
56.65 … Britney Kott [Millville], 2009
56.76 … Simone Thomas [Willingboro], 2003
56.85 … Emily Duffey [Lenape], 2912
56.88 … Marcene Jack [Mainland Reg.], 2004
56.90 … Nadia Davy [Bridgeton], 1999

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