Northern Burlington Regional senior Kayla Jackson recorded an impressive double sprint win at the Central Jersey Group 3 meet over the weekend at the Bubble, winning the 55 in a PR 7.40 and the 400 with an indoor PR 58.59.
Jackson won the 400 by 10 meters over Maria Amalfitano of Freehold Boro, who placed second in 1:00.25. Jackson’s time broke her indoor PR of 1:00.55, set earlier this season at a SJTCA meet at the Bubble. She ran her outdoor PR of 57.17 at outdoor Group 3 states at South Plainfield in May of 2015.
In the 55, Jackson ran 7.45 in the trials and followed that with a PR 7.40 to win the final by a stride and a half over Jaela Thomas of Brick Memorial, who ran 7.51 for second. Her PR had been 7.42 at the Bubble last month.
With Jackson’s two wins and a fifth-place by Alivia Scott in the 55, Northern finished fifth in team scoring with 22 points.
The only other New Jersey girls to run as fast as Jackson — 7.40 for the 55 and sub-59 for the 400 — are Aliyah Taylor of Rancocas Valley (7.03, 56.32), Flora Ahiarakwe of Winslow (7.23, 58.34), Katie DiFranceso of St. John Vianney (7.37, 57.98) and Shakira Dancy of Winslow (7.28, 58.19).
Going into states Saturday at the Bubble, Jackson ranks tied for ninth in South Jersey this year in the 55 and fourth in the 400. Jackson, Ahiarakwe and Dancy will all clash in both the 55 and the 400 at states Saturday.
Jackson is Northern’s first indoor sectional double-winner ever and NBC’s first sectional double winner indoors or outdoors since Erica Davis won the shot (40-2 1/2) and discus (131-8) at the outdoor Group 2 meet in 2003.
The last Northern Burlington double sectional winner on the track was Colleen Sunderland in the Group 2 1,600 and 3,200 in 1995 (5:09.3, 10:56.5).