Eastern freshman Jewel Ash doubles the 400 and 400IH at SJ-4 meet with two SMOKING times!!!

Eastern freshman Jewel Ash, competing in her first sectional meet, won the 400 in 56.23 and the 400 intermediates in 1:02.30 on Day 1 of the South Jersey Group 4 meet at Egg Harbor Friday.

Ash’s 1:02.30 is fastest by a South Jersey freshman since Krystal Cantey of Winslow ran 1:00.74 as a freshman in 2006 when she won the Meet of Champions. The 56.23 is fastest by a South Jersey freshman since Ste’yce McNeil of Winslow ran 56.06 in 2012.

In the intermediates, only two New Jersey freshmen have run faster than Ash since Cantey, both in 2014 — Jenna Reid of Middletown North ran 1:02.29 and future Olympian Sydney McLaughlin ran a national freshman record 55.63.

Ash is the first freshman girl to even place in the top six in the South Jersey Group 4 intermediates since Carly Pettipaw of Lenape was fourth back in 2012.

Her time is 13th-fastest in South Jersey Group 4 sectional history and she becomes the No. 10 performer:

1:00.12 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow], 2005 [1st]
1:00.6h … Mandie Dulin [Shawnee], 1998 [1st]
1:01.23 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow], 2006 [1st]
1:01.49 … Carly Pettipaw [Lenape], 2015 [1st]
1:01.58 … Thaila Cooper [Kingsway], 2014 [1st]
1:01.8h … Tynisha Revels [Camden], 1996 [1st]
1:01.9h … Krystal Cantey [Winslow], 2003 [1st]
1:01.9h … Medea Ashton [Wash. Twp], 1999 [1st]
1:02.0h … Kemelia Campbell [Jackson], 1998 [2nd]
1:02.03 … Jackie Dim [Wash. Twp.], 2008 [1st]
1:02.1h … Mandie Dulin [Shawnee], 1997 [1st]
1:02.29 … Halima Diawara [Toms River North], 2014 [2nd]
1:02.30 … Jewel Ash [Eastern], 2017 [1st]
1:02.45 … Thaila Cooper [Kingsway], 2015 [2nd]
1:02.49 … Krystal Cantey [Wislow], 2004 [1st]
1:02.6h … Amanda Radminski [Wash. Twp.], 2003

Ash’s 56.23 in the 400 is fastest in the South Jersey Group 4 meet since Olympic gold medalist English Gardner, also from Eastern High, ran 55.29 in 2010.

Here’s the all-time SJ-4 performance list in the 400, with Ash trailing only four runners:

54.90 … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 2009 [1st]
55.15 … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 2008 [1st]
55.29 … English Gardner [Eastern], 2010 [1st]
55.5h … Mandie Dulin [Shawnee], 1996 [1st]
55.79 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow], 2006 [1st]
55.73 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow], 2005 [1st]
56.16 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow], 2004 [1st]
56.23 … Jewel Ash [Eastern], 2017 [1st]
56.3h … Beth Kalwinsky [Toms River North], 1997 [1st]
56.59 … Chelsea Cox [Southern], 2010 [2nd]
56.70 … Marlene Jack [Mainland Reg.], 2004 [2nd]
56.80 … Brittany Kott [Millville], 2008 [2nd]
56.85 … Olivia Jamison [Pennsauken], 2014 [1st]
56.88 … Shaquando Meylor [Pennsauken], 2005 [2nd]
56.8h … Krystal Cantey [Winslow], 2003 [1st]

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