Winslow’s Shakira Dancy blazes to Easterns 200 title, just misses SJ record by 1-100th of a second!!!!!

Shakira Dancy finally ran a hot indoor 200-meter dash for the first time in her high school career, and the result was unforgettable.

Dancy, who had an indoor 200 PR of 25.45 before Tuesday, ran 24.39 to win the 200 at the 83rd annual Eastern States Championships at the 168th Street Armory.

She missed the school record, Camden County record and South Jersey record of 24.38 by 1-100th of a second. All are held by Krystal Cantey, who ran 24.38 in 2006 in the 200-meter dash semis at Easterns.

Dancy’s time is No. 14 in the U.S. this year, No. 11 in meet history and No. 11 in state history.

Dancy led three South Jersey runners under 25 seconds in the trials with a 24.65. Delia’s Cecelia Gerstenbacher ran 24.66 and her teammate, Toni Glatz, ran 24.96.

In the final, Dancy finished half a step ahead of Gerstenbacher, who moves up to No. 4 in South Jersey with her 24.52, which is a Gloucester County record.

Glatz was fourth in 25.18, and it appears’ Glatz’s previous PR before Tuesday night was a 26.67 and granted it’s not a race that’s run very often indoors, but that is still quite a leap.

Dancy has run as fast as 23.96 for 200 meters outdoors, which she did at the state Group 4 meet last spring, and she went on to win the outdoor Meet of Champions at 24.28.

It’s time for lists!

First, here’s the all-time Easterns 200-meter dash performance list. On the fast, banked track at the Armory, the 200 has always been a fast race:

23.77 … Whitney Fountain (Chris. Columbus, N.Y.), 2009
23.99s ……… Fountain, 2009
24.00s … Sydney McLaughlin (Union Catholic), 2016
24.02 … Darius Symone (New Rochelle, N.Y.), 2014
24.03s ……… Fountain, 2010
24.16s ……… Symone, 2014
24.19 … Tiandra Ponteen (Washington Irving, N.Y.), 2001
24.21 … Dominique Booker (Immaculate Conception), 2008
24.25 … Kyle Plante (Colonie, N.Y.), 2010
24.32 … Quashira McIntosh (Hope, R.I.), 2015
24.34 … Toneisha Friday (Franklin Twp.), 2005
24.34s ……… Booker, 2008
24.37s ……… Plante, 2010
24.38s … Krystal Cantey (Winslow), 2006
24.38s … Raquel Vassell (East Orange), 2006
24.39 … Shakira Dancy [Winslow], 2017

And here is the all-time South Jersey list, with all sub-25-second times:

24.38 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
24.39 … Shakira Dancy [Winslow Twp.[, 2017
24.46 … Amandi Rhett [Moorestown], 2000
24.52 … Cecelia Gerstenbecher [Delsea], 2017
24.61 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
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
24.96 … Toni Glatz [Delsea], 2017

And this is the all-time state performance list for the indoor 200:

23.84 … Wendy Vereen [Trenton], 1984
24.00 … Sydney McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2016
24.14 … Melisa Barber [Montclair], 1998
24.16 … Aleah Williams [Montclair], 1997
24.21 … Dominique Booker [Immaculate Conception], 2008
24.24 … Stephanie Saleem [Neptune], 1985
24.34 … Toneisha Friday [Franklin], 2005
24.37 … Myasia Jacobs [Paramus Catholic], 2012
24.38 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
24.38 … Racquel Vassal [East Orange], 2006
24.39 … Shakira Dancy [Winslow Twp.[, 2017
24.46 … Amandi Rhett [Moorestown], 2000
24.52 … Cecelia Gerstenbecher [Delsea], 2017
24.53 … Olivia Baker [Columbia], 2014

Dancy is only the third South Jersey sprinter to win the Easterns 200-meter dash title since the event was added to Easterns in 1996. She joins Avionne Sloan of Camden, who won the race in 2004 in 25.11, and another great Winslow runner, Ste’cye McNeil, who ran 24.65 in 2012.

Here are all the 200-meter dash winners in meet history:

1996 … Michelle Mundey (Woodson, Washington, D.C.), 24.87
1997 … Stacey Ann Carr (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), 25.46
1998 … Konique Bellah (Wheeler, R.I.), 25.51
1999 … Paula George (Taft, N.Y.), 25.02
2000 … Anike Orimogunje (Queen of Peace, N.J.), 24.99
2001 … Tiandra Ponteen (Washington Irving, N.Y.), 24.19
2002 … Jen Harris (Franklin, N.J.), 24.80
2003 … Tierra Fletcher (Spellman, N.Y.), 24.78
2004 … Avionne Sloan (Camden, N.J.), 25.11
2005 … Toneisha Friday (Franklin, N.J.), 24.34
2006 … Racquel Vassell (East Orange, N.J.), 24.38
2007 … Christie Verdier (Baldwin, N.Y.), 25.20 [24.64 in trials]
2008 … Dominique Booker (Imm. Conception, N.J.), 24.21
2009 … Whitney Fountain (Christopher Columbus, N.U.), 23.77
2010 … Kyle Plante (Colonie, N.Y.), 24.25
2011 … Tanaya Yarde (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), 24.77
2012 … Ste’cye McNeil (Winslow, N.J.), 24.65
2013 … Quashira McIntosh (Hope, R.I.), 24.60
2014 … Symone Darius (New Rochelle, N.Y.), 24.02
2015 … Quashira McIntosh (Hope, R.I.), 24.32
2016 … Halie Hazzard (St. Anthony’s, N.Y.), 24.60
2017 … Shakira Dancy (Winslow, N.J.), 2439

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