Pennsville sophomore Arianna Smith PRs in the 400 at Tri-County meet with S.J. #1 56.71!!!!!

Pennsville sophomore Arianna Smith has run three major 400-meter dash races this spring, and she’s PR’d in each one.

Her last PR is the fastest time in South Jersey this year!

Smith ran 56.71 to win the Tri-County 400 Thursday after a 57.77 for third ta the Rowan Invitational and a 57.39 to win the Salem County meet.

Smith never broke 60 seconds as a freshman, when she focused mainly on the high hurdles (and placed fourth in the state Group 1 meet).

Smith did also win the 100-meter highs Thursday with a PR 15.04, but her 56.71 is the fastest in South Jersey this year and No. 6 in the state. It’s also just 15-100ths of a second off the meet record of 56.56 set in 2012 by Penns Grove’s Faleesha Dowe.

It’s also third-fastest in Salem County history behind Dowe (54.75) and Candyce DeLoatch of Schalick (55.84 in 1996).

Smith’s 15.04 in the high hurdles is No. 7 in South Jersey this year and No. 2 among South Jersey sophomores, behind only Atlantic City’s Claudine Smith, who ran 14.89 Thursday at the Cape Atlantic meet.

As of now, Smith is the No. 1 seed going into sectionals in both the 400 and the highs among all New Jersey Group 1 athletes and No. 6 in the 200 (25.82).



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