Who is Jewel Ash and what just happened in the girls 100-meter dash final at Rowan?????

Her name is Jewel Ash, and her profile on New Jersey Milesplit is empty.

Not anymore.

Ash, a freshman at Eastern, stunned a loaded field Saturday night by winning the 100-meter dash at the Rowan Invitational in 12.07.

It was the first invitational race of her high school career.

Ash has been running well in dual meets and ran as fast as 12.1 in a dual meet against Cherokee, 24.6 in the 200 against Washington Township and 56.4 in the 400 against Lenape. Impressive times. She’s also has had some very nice results in both hurdles races.

But we all know to take dual meet times with a grain of salt.

This was 12.07. Fully automatic. With legit timing. In a race with some very fast girls.

In the prelims, Ash ran 12.44, which made her fourth-fastest behind Iyanla Kollock of Our Lady of Mercy (12.19), Maya Drayton of Cherry Hill East (12.32) and Shakira Dancy of Winslow (12.39).

Pretty good field. Kollock ran 7.00 indoors when she placed second in the Meet of Champions 55. Dancy ran 11.94 last year and won the state Group 4 meet.

But in the final, Ash outraced everybody.

In the final of her first major meet, Ash ran 12.07 to edge Pollock (12.10), Dancy (12.13) and Cherry Hill East sophomore Maya Drayton (12.20). The times were all PRs except for Dancy’s.

The times rank No. 3, 4, 5 and 7 in the state this year.

Ash’s 12.07 made her New Jersey’s fastest freshman since Williamstown’s Bria Mack ran 12.00 at states in 2014. Before that you have to go back to Audrey Wilson of Deptford, who ran 12.00 in 2009 and Olympic gold medalist English Gardner, also of Eastern, who ran 11.62 in 2007.

 

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