Lenape’s Whetstone and Lambert become fastest 400-meter dash South Jersey duo in 15 years!!!

Sophomore Shelby Whetstone and senior Shannon Lambert ran 1-4 Friday in the 400-meter dash at the state Group 4 meet at Egg Harbor, and in the process became the first South Jersey teammates to run 56.29 or faster in the same season in 15 years.

Whetstone won the race with a Lenape-school record 55.67, and Lambert ran the No. 2 time in Lenape history, finishing just behind her in 56.29.

The last South Jersey teammates who ran 56.29 or faster in the same season were Okechi Ogbuokiri and Halimah Bashir of Willingboro in 2002. Ogbuokiri ran 54.63, and Bashir ran 56.0.

Whetstone’s previous PR was 56.62 at sectionals, where she placed third. Lambert’s previous PR was 56.87 from the same race, where she was fourth.

Whetstone and Lambert fashioned those times despite being relegated to lanes seven and eight, which are more challenging than center lanes in the 400.

The previous Lenape school record of 56.31 was set last year by Jasmine Staten when she placed second at states.

Carly Pettipaw, who ran 56.59 in 2015, gives Lenape four girls under 57 seconds in the last three years.

The 400 was insanely hot state-wide on Friday, with 32 girls running 57.XX or faster, including 19 of them under 57 seconds and an incredible six under 56 fully automatic.

Whetstone and Lambert go into the Meet of Champions next Saturday seeded fourth and ninth.

Here’s a look at every girl that ran 57.99 or faster on Friday, including 12 from South Jersey:

51.88 … Sydney McLaughlin [Union Catholic], Non-Public A [1st]
55.35 … *Reanda Richards [West Essex], Group 3 [1st]
55.53 … Shakira Dancy [Winslow Twp.], Group 3 [2nd]
55.67 … **Shelby Whetstone [Lenape], Group 4 [1st]
55.75 … Brooke Fazio [Ridge], Group 4 [2nd]
55.94 … **Kaira Brown [Kent Place], Non-Public A [2nd]
56.10 … Alexis Smith [Roxbury], Group 3 [3rd]
56.22 … ***Chidumga Nkulme [Union], Group 4 [3rd]
56.29 … Shannon Lambert [Lenape], Group 4 [4th]
56.45 … *Brianna Hodges [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], Group 4 [5th]
56.53 … ***Rebecca Ochan [Highland Park], Group 1 [1st]
56.61 … ***Nylah Perry [Cherry Hill East], Group 4 [6th]
56.72 … *Kayleigh Furth [Newton], Group 2 [1st]
56.74 … **Nyjah Young-Bey [Montclair], Group 4 [7th]
56.76 … Emma Osborne [Summit], Group 3 [4th]
56.83 … **Khamil Evans [Union Catholic], Non-Public A [3rd]
56.88 … Flora Ahiarakwe [Winslow Twp.], Group 3 [5th]
56.94 … **Arianna Smith [Pennsville], Group 1 [2nd]
56.94 … Ariyana Wilkes [Holy Spirit], Non-Public B [1st]
57.01 … **Portia Jones [Watchung Hills], Group 4 [8th]
57.06 … Cassandra Lamadieu [Union Catholic], Non-Public A [4th]
57.07 … Morgan McConnell [Collingswood], Group 2 [2nd]
57.30 … ***Kyla Krawczyk [Northern Highlands], Group 3 [6th]
57.36 … *Megan Gasnick [Park Ridge], Group 1 [3rd]
57.36 … Dakota Gerges [Sayreville], Group 4 [9th]
57.39 … *Brooke Riedy [Hunterdon Central], Group 4 [10th]
57.42 … Dana DeLuca [Hunterdon Central], Group 4 [11th]
57.47 … Toni Glatz [Delsea], Group 3 [7th]
57.58 … *Briana Reckling [Columbia], Group 4 [12th]
57.59 … Sydne Nance [Rancocas Valley], Group 4 [13th]
57.77 … ***Jewel Ash [Eastern], Group 4 [14th],
57.99 … *Bailie Rizzo [Audubon], Group 1 [4th]

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