Winslow girls enter all-time NJ top-20 in 4×1 and come back to win S.J. 4×4 with NJ #2 performance at Penn Relays!

The Winslow girls pulled off a sick double at the Penn Relays Thursday, running 47.15 to win their heat in the 400-meter relay and then coming back to run 3:51.84 to win the South Jersey Large School 1,600-Meter Relay.

Winslow advanced to the Large School Championship race in the 400-meter relay at 2:27 p.m. Friday and also the Tri-State Championship race at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. In the 1,600-meter relay, they advanced to the Philadelphia Area Championship race at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Let’s start with the 400-meter relay.

Tionna Tobias, Flora Ahiarakwe, Iyianna Williams and Shakira Dancy ran for Winslow, which won its race by nearly 2 1/2 seconds.

Winslow’s time was 14th-fastest overall, fifth-fastest in all the Large-School races and fastest of all New Jersey schools, a full second faster than Rancocas Valley’s 48.18. Of the 13 faster schools, eight are from Jamaica, one from the Bahamas, one from Virginia, one from Florida, one from Maryland and one from Pennsylvania.

The time is fourth-fastest in South Jersey history and No. 15 in state history and less than a 10th of a second off the school record of 47.06 set three years ago. The last South Jersey school other than Winslow to run faster was Eastern with Olympic gold medalist English Gardner back in 2003.

Here is the all-time state list, with South Jersey performances in bold:

45.50 … Montclair, 1998
45.89 … Columbia, 2010
46.08 … Trenton, 1984
46.42 … Franklin Twp., 2003
46.84 … Piscataway, 2014
46.87 … Eastern, 2003
46.89 … Franklin Twp., 2001
46.90 … Paramus Catholic, 2010
46.96 … Columbia, 2009
47.02 … Columbia, 2005
47.06 … Winslow Twp., 2014
47.09 … Shabazz, 1986
47.12 … Columbia, 2012
46.9h … Willingboro, 1980
47.15 … Winslow Twp., 2017
47.18 … Winslow Twp., 2013
47.22 … Trenton, 2002
47.27 … Trenton, 1983

In the 1,600-meter relay, Williams, Ahiarakwe, Janeya Hammond and Dancy ran 3:51.84, fastest winning time in the South Jersey Large-School race in 11 years — since Woodrow Wilson ran 3:50.81 in 2006.

Winslow has won the last two South Jersey 4-by-4 races at Penn and four of the last seven.

The 3:51.84 is No. 2 in New Jersey this year, behind only Union Catholic, with Olympian Sydney McLaughlin, who ran 3:39.35 Thursday and qualified for the Championship of America with the No. 2 time overall (behind a 3:37.70 by Hydel of St. Catherine, Jamaica). Union Catholic’s time is No. 2 in state history. McLoughlin split 50.78 on the anchor leg!

Here’s a look at all the winning times since the South Jersey girls 4-by-400 races were added in 1994:

2017 … Winslow Twp., 3:51.84
2016 … Winslow Twp., 3:55.97
2015 … Lenape, 3:59.53
2014 … Lenape, 3:58.42
2013 … Cherokee, 3:54.98
2012 … Winslow, 3:54.53
2011 … Winslow, 3:57.63
2010 … Seneca, 3:56.90
2009 … Seneca, 4:02.63
2008 … Camden, 3:53.88
2007 … Washington Twp., 3:56.69
2006 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:50.81
2005 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:56.77
2004 … Winslow Twp., 3:54.61
2003 … Willingboro, 3:47.30
2002 … Willingboro, 3:51.45
2001 … Woodrow Wilson, 3:51.80
2000 … Willingboro, 3:53.15
1999 … Willingboro, 3:48.80
1998 … Willingboro, 3:53.55
1997 … Willingboro, 3:55.82
1996 … Willingboro, 4:00.45
1995 … Camden, 3:46.94
1994 … Camden, 3:50.45

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