Lauren Princz of Egg Harbor, who just finished eighth grade at Fernwood Avenue Middle School, ran 24.77 for 200 meters Saturday in the preliminaries of the AAU Region 2 National Qualifier at Stockton University in Galloway.
Princz, a national age-group champ this past winter in the 60-meter dash, won her heat by nearly 1 1/2 seconds. Moforeh Abinusawa of Ambler ran 25.01 in another heat.
Region 2 covers all of South Jersey and the eastern portion of Pennsylvania.
Princz’s time was faster than the fastest qualifying times in either the 15-16 age group or the 17-19 age group.
Only six girls in New Jersey ran as fast as 24.77 this past season, including four from South Jersey. The last New Jersey freshman to run that fast was Myasia Jacobs of Paramus Catholic in 2009.
The final is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Princz also won the 400 in 58.60 and placed second in the 100 with a 12.65, behind only Abinusawa’s 12.32. Princz actually ran 12.49 in the trials.
So her triple before one day of high school was 12.49, 24.77 and 58.60.
The only New Jersey girls of any age to run that fast for all three sprints at any point this year were Shakira Dancy of Winslow, Cecelia Gerstenbacher of Delsea and Katie DeFrancesco of St. John Vianney.