Camden’s Lenaami Morton runs all-time N.J. #8 to destroy field in Meet of Champions hurdles!!!!!

Camden senior Lenaami Morton not only upset top-seeded Amaya Chadwick of Union Catholic in the 55-meter hurdles Sunday at the Meet of Champions, she ran the fourth-fastest time in the U.S. this year and ninth-fastest time in state history in doing it.

Morton, seeded No. 2 at 8.19 to Chadwick’s 8.14 out of states, also posted the second-fastest qualifying time in Sunday’s trials, with an 8.15 to Chadwick’s 8.13.

But in the final, it was all Morton.

Morton ran a blistering 7.94 at the Bubble in Toms River with Chadwick second in 8.07, just off her PR of 8.00. Three other South Jersey hurdlers placed — sophomore Claudine Smith of Atlantic City [fourth in 8.39], Bishop Eustace senior Sarah Jones [fifth in 8.46] and Timber Creek senior Janiyah Davis-Hines [sixth in 8.61].

Morton’s time was a huge PR. Her previous best was an 8.11 in a South Jersey Track Coaches Association meet last month at the Bubble.

The Camden girls program has won two 1,600-meter relay titles at the Meet of Champions — in 1994 and 2009 — but Morton is the first Camden girl in meet history to win an indoor Meet of Champions individual title.

Her time is No. 1 in the state this year, fourth-fastest in South Jersey history and eighth-fastest in state history.

It’s not a Camden County record, although it is 5-100ths off the county mark of 7.89, set in 2012 by Winslow Township’s Ste’yce McNeil. That could go at Easterns with a clean race on the faster track at the Armory.

Here’s the updated all-time state list, with every girl that’s run 8.10 or faster.

7.60 … Sydney McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2015
7.71 … Charmaine Walker [Plainfield], 1997
7.81 … Dawn Bowles [Neptune], 1988
7.89 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
7.89 … Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006
7.92 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
7.93 … Wendy Vereen [Trenton], 1984
7.94 … Lenaami Morton [Camden], 2017
7.96 … Porsche Dobson [Kent Place], 2003
7.98 … Nichole Belcher [Woodrow Wilson], 1992
7.99 … Racquel Vassal [East Orange], 2007
7.99 … Patricia Dziekonska [West Windsor-Plainsboro North], 2014
8.00 … Amaya Chadwick [Union Catholic], 2017
8.01 … Samantha Sharper [Woodrow Wilson], 2008
8.0h … Tiffany Ruth [Columbia], 1988
8.11 … Cidae’a Woods [Winslow Twp.], 2014
8.17 … Torie Robinson [Winslow Twp.], 2014
8.18 … Gabrielle Bennett [Winslow Twp.], 2015
8.19 … Brittany Preston [Winslow Twp,], 2016
8.03 … Alethia Jenkins [Pennsauken], 2000
8.03 … Amber Williams [Roxbury], 2001
8.04 … Zonya Cross [Edgewood], 1983
8.04 … Trier Young [Neptune], 2005
8.05 … Sherese Price [Pleasantville], 1998
8.05 … Samantha Jensen [Central Reg.], 2012
8.06 … Jen Whitlock [Montclair], 2002
8.06 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
8.06 … Kayann Richards [Columbia], 2011
8.07 … Ella Scherzer [Randolph], 2016
8.07 … Tia Livingston [Union Catholic], 2016
8.09 … Sonya Sullivan [Manchester Twp.], 2005
8.09 … Kaprice James [Roselle], 2012
8.09 … Danielle Delgado [Franklin], 2012
8.10 … Hope Wright [Columbia], 2001
8.10 … Nichole Hill [Oakcrest], 1997
8.10 … Tramaine Shaw [Piscataway], 2004

Morton’s time also equals No. 2 in meet history and matches the fastest run at the Meet of Champions in 20 years – since Charmaine Walker of Plainfield set the meet record of 7.86 at Jadwin Gym in 1997.

Chadwick’s 8.07 is the fastest non-winning time in Meet of Champions history. The previous-fastest second-place time was an 8.16 by Sonya Sullivan of Manchester Township in 2005 behind Trier Young of Neptune, who won that year in 8.04.

Here’s the all-time Meet of Champions performance list:

7.86-Charmaine Walker [Plainfield], 1997 [1]
7.94-Stey’ce McNeil [Winslow], 2012 [1]
7.94-Lenaami Morton [Camden], 2017 [1]
7.8-Wendy Vereen [Trento]n, 1984 [1]
7.96-Dawn Bowles [Neptune], 1988 [1]
8.04-…..Walker, 1996 [1]
8.04-Trier Young [Neptune], 2005 [1]
7.9-Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1980 [1]
8.07-Porscha Dobson [Kent Place], 2003 [1]
8.07-Tia Livingston [Union Catholic], 2016 [1]
8.07-Amaya Chadwick [Union Catholic], 2017 [2]
8.09-Walker, 1997 [t]
8.09-Samantha Sharper [Woodrow Wilson], 2008 [1]
8.10-Samantha Jensen [Central Reg.], 2012 [1]
8.11-Carlene Cummings [Englewood], 1998 [1]
8.11-Racquel Vassell [East Orange], 2007 [1]
8.12-Briana Feldhaus [Randolph], 2009 [1]
8.13-Nichole Belcher [Woodrow Wilson], 1992 [1]
8.15-Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006 [1]
8.15-…..Vassell, 2007 [t]
8.15-…..Livingston, 2016 [t]
8.16-…..Cummings, 1998 [t]
8.16-Sonya Sullivan [Manchester Twp.], 2005 [2]
8.17-Dashana Ransome [Irvington], 2012 [2]
8.17-Patrycja Dziekonska [West Windsor North], 2012 [2]

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