Absegami senior Joshonda Johnson, among the best in South Jersey in a variety of events, focused her energy on the 100-meter high hurdles Wednesday at the Atlantic County meet and came through with a near-PR 14.50 for the win, the fastest in South Jersey this year.
Johnson has a PR of 14.47 from last year’s Cape Atlantic Conference championships. Her time supplants a 14.54 from Sarah Jones of Bishop Eustace from the Rowan Invite as fastest by a South Jersey hurdler this spring.
It’s also No. 5 in the state this year.
Johnson is one of the most versatile athletes in South Jersey. She’s long jumped as far as 17-8 3/4 (last week at Rowan), she’s run 56.63 in the 400 (fourth in the Meet of Champions last year), she’s run as fast as 1:01.73 in the intermediates (second at states last year) and she’s even run cross country for Absegami in the fall.
But on Wednesday, she just focused on the highs, took third in the long jump and ran legs on two winning relay teams — the 400-meter team won in 49.06 and the 1,600 ran 4:06.61 at Buena.