RV’s Aliyah Taylor runs 55.21 [U.S. #12] and destroys field in Easterns 400-meter dash!

Rancocas Valley junior Aliyah Taylor lowered her indoor PR more than a second – from 56.24 to 55.21 – and destroyed the field Tuesday night at the 83rd annual Eastern States Championships at the 168th Street Armory.

Taylor’s historic performance moved her into the No. 12 spot in the U.S. this year, No. 10 spot on the all-time New Jersey indoor 400-meter dash list, No. 5 in South Jersey history and No. 6 in the meet’s prestigious history.

Wow!!!!!

Taylor, who surpassed her outdoor PR of 55.79, out-raced Leah Anderson of Cardinal Spellman, who was second in 55.62 in what was essentially a two-person race. Nobody else dipped under 57 seconds.

Taylor is only the third South Jersey girl ever to win the 400 at Easterns, joining Willingboro’s Okechi Ogbuokiri (55.14 in 2003) and Nijgia Snapp of Oakrest (54.91 in 2008).

Her time is fastest by a New Jersey girl at Easterns in nine years, since Snapp’s 54.91 back in 2008.

Taylor was second in the Meet of Champions to Olympian Sydney McLaughlin, but with McLaughlin not contesting the 400 Tuesday night, Taylor didn’t have to race the national record holder.

Here you can see where Taylor stacks up against the best indoor quarter-milers in state history:

ALL-TIME N.J. INDOOR 400 LIST
51.84 … Sydney McLaughlin [Union Catholic], 2016
53.49 … Olivia Baker [Columbia], 2014
54.24 … Okechi Ogbuokiri [Willingboro], 2003
54.64 … Mikele Barber [Montclair], 1998
54.70 … Janine Davis [Queen of Peace], 2003
54.91 … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 2008
54.98 … Tawana Watkins [Paterson Kennedy], 2002
55.16 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
55.19 … Michelle Brown [Seneca], 2010
55.21 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
55.32 … Amber Allen [Passaic Vo Tech], 2009
55.34 … Symone O’Connor [Franklin Twp.], 2006
55.42 … Jennifer Edobi [Union], 2014
55.49 … Kristen Mahon [Notre Dame], 2006
55.4h … English Gardner [Eastern], 2008
55.59 … Tiffany Grant [Ocean Twp.], 2006
55.6h … Denise Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
55.6h … Emily Carrollo [Pope John], 2008
55.75 … Emilie Cowan [Columbia], 2014
55.83 … Kiara Lester [Deptford], 2016
55.91 … Ajee Wilson [Neptune], 2011
55.94 … Sam Anderson [Matawan], 2014
55.95 … Natalie Englese [Cranford], 2010

And in South Jersey history:

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR 400 LIST
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
55.21 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
55.4h … English Gardner [Eastern], 2008
55.6h … Denise Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
55.83 … Kiara Lester [Deptford], 2016
56.21 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 1997
56.24 … 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

The all-time Easterns list is very tough to get into, but you see where Taylor sits, behind some truly great names and ahead of many others!

ALL-TIME EASTERNS 400 LIST
54.40 … Zola Golden (Arlington, N.Y.), 2014
54.87 … Neisha Bernard-Thomas (Tilden, N.Y.), 2000
54.91 … Nijgia Snapp (Oakcrest), 2008
54.98 … Tawana Watkins (Paterson Kennedy), 2002
55.14 … Okechi Ogbuokiri (Willingboro), 2003
55.21 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
55.23 … Dominique Blake (Harry S Truman, N.Y.), 2004
55.25 … Elizabeth Mott (New Rochelle, N.Y.), 2008
55.27 … Paris Peoples (Cardozo), 2016
55.32 … Amber Allen (Passaic County Vo-Tech), 2008
55.35 ……… Allen, 2009
53.39 ……… Watkins, 2001
55.42 … Jennifer Edobi (Union), 2014
55.44 … Kyle Plante (Colonie, N.Y.), 2009
55.49 … Kristen Mahon (Notre Dame), 2006
55.55 ……… Allen, 2010
55.59 … Tiffany Grant (Ocean Township), 2006
55.74 … Michelle Brown (Seneca), 2010
55.94 … Samantha Anderson (Matawan), 2014
56.01 … Chinny Offor (Half Hollow Hills, N.Y.), 2002
56.21 … Mia Campo (St. Mary’s-Jersey City), 1998
56.24 … Leah Anderson (Cardinal Spellman, N.Y.), 2016
56.25 … Tiffany Grant (Ocean Twp.), 2005
56.27 ……… Ogbuokiri, 2002
56.31 … Shevonna Stoddart (Uniondale, N.Y.), 1999
56.32 ……… Campo, 1999
56.32 … Olivia Baker (Columbia), 2012
56.30 … Ashley McLaughlin (Uniondale, N.Y.), 2007
56.34 … Janine Davis (Queen of Peace), 2002
56.35 … Charlene Lipsey (Hempstead, N.Y.), 2008
56.45 … Nikeshia Brown (Hempstead, N.Y.), 2003
56.47 ……… Watkins, 2000
56.52 … Dominique Watkins (Abraham Clark, N.J.), 2013
56.53 ……… Mahon, 2007
56.65 … Britney Kott (Millville), 2009

Taylor, who would have been one of the top seeds in the 55 or the 200, skipped those in favor of doubling the 400 and 4-by-200, and her 23.8 anchor — fully automatic 23.804 — led the Red Devils to third place in 1:42.53.

That time is No. 13 in South Jersey history. Here’s every time under 1:44.00.

1:40.77 … Moorestown, 2000
1:41.14 … Woodrow Wilson, 2006
1:41.19 … Camden, 2008
1:41.28 … Woodrow Wilson, 2006
1:41.30 … Winslow Twp., 2017
1:41.42 … Moorestown, 1999
1:41.70 … Willingboro, 2002
1:41.78 … Winslow Twp., 2014
1:41.98 … Camden, 2009
1:42.20 … Camden, 2007
1:42.45 … Deptford, 2015
1:42.49 … Winslow Twp., 2013
1:42.53 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
1:42.5h … Willingboro, 2003
1:42.66 … Willingboro, 2000
1:42.75 … Eastern, 2003
1:42.85 … Washington Twp., 1999
1:43.01 … Winslow Twp., 2016
1:43.26 … Camden, 2004
1:43.42 … Woodrow Wilson, 2008
1:43.47 … Camden, 2002
1:43.47 … Camden, 2006
1:43.53 … Eastern, 2002
1:43.56 … Timber Creek, 2015
1:43.56 … Winslow Twp., 2015
1:43.58 … Willingboro, 2001
1:43.59 … Woodrow Wilson, 2004
1:43.99 … Winslow Twp., 2004

OK, one more list because I just thought of this.

This list shows where Taylor ranks among the fastest quarter-milers indoors or outdoors in South Jersey history! Looks like Taylor is already No. 15 on the all-time combined list. Watch out this spring!

52.91[o] … Michelle Brown [Seneca], 2009
53.51[o] … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 1996
53.64[o] … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 2008
54.19[o] … Okechi Ogbuokiri [Willingboro], 2003
52.91[o] … Michelle Brown [Seneca], 2009
54.00[o] … English Gardner [Eastern], 2007
54.04[o] … Nadia Davy [Bridgeton], 1998
54.36[o] … Shakira Dancy [Winslow], 2016
54.51[o] … Katrina Sye [Buena], 1998
54.62[o] … Audrey Wilson [Deptford], 2008
54.75[o] … Faleesha Dowe [Penns Grove], 2014
54.93[o] … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
55.0h[o] … Nichole Bartley [Highland], 1992
55.06[o] … Shameka Speed [Bridgeton], 2003
55.21[i] … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
55.21[o] … Avionne Sloan [Camden], 2006
55.24[o] … Jasmine Still [Woodrow Wilson], 2005
55.2h[o] … Loretta Thompson [Camden], 1979

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