EHT’s Princz ties 19-year-old Atlantic County record in the 55-meter dash!

Egg Harbor Township freshman Lauren Princz tied the Atlantic County record in the 55-meter dash this weekend.

Princz, in her first major invitational as a high school sprinter, placed third in the Ocean Breeze Invitational on Staten Island with a time of 7.18. She had run 7.32 in the trials.

She finished behind Ashley Seymour of Bullis School in Potomac, Md., who won with a personal-best 7.06, and former national age-group 55, 100 and 200 champion Najiya Cornish of Ursuline in Wilmington, Del., who ran 7.11.

Princz tied the Atlantic County record of 7.18 set in 1998 by Sherese Price of Pleasantville. Price was a Meet of Champions champ in the high hurdles outdoors and also Big East runner-up for Villanova in 2002.

Price ran her 7.18 in the trials of the 1998 Meet of Champions at Jadwin Gym before placing fourth in the final.

Princz’s time is also No. 1 in the state this year. Her time is also fastest by a South Jersey freshman since Olympic gold medalist English Gardner of Eastern ran 7.04 back in 2010.

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey 55-meter dash list:

  • 6.73 … Michelle Glover (Willingboro), 1981
  • 6.88 … Patti Dunlap (Camden), 1979
  • 6.91 … English Gardner (Eastern), 2010
  • 6.95 … Bria Mack (Williamstown), 2017
  • 6.95 … Torie Robinson (Winslow Twp.), 2014
  • 6.95 … Denise Mitchell (Edgewood), 1983
  • 7.00 … Amandi Rhett (Moorestown), 2000
  • 7.01 … Aliyah Taylor (Rancocas Valley), 2017
  • 7.03 … Iyanli Kollock (Our Lady of Mercy), 2017
  • 7.05 … Dana Burnett (Williamstown), 1996
  • 7.07 … Annie Johnson (Shawnee), 2012
  • 7.07 … Audrey Wilson (Deptford), 2009
  • 7.07 … Magenta Taylor (Willingboro), 1999
  • 7.07 … Angela Clyburn (Egg Harbor Twp.), 1991
  • 7.09 … Ste’yce McNeil (Winslow Twp.), 2012
  • 7.09 … Emily Carson (Haddonfield), 2013
  • 7.11 … Jamie Walker (Haddon Hts.), 2006
  • 7.12 … Assante Johnson (Camden), 2009
  • 7.14 … Shonda Burroughs (Vineland), 1999
  • 7.17 … Nia Lawrence (Pemberton), 2013
  • 7.17 … Kiara Lester (Deptford), 2014
  • 7.17 … Krystal Cantey (Winslow Twp.), 2006
  • 7.18 … Sherese Price (Pleasantville), 1997
  • 7.18 … Lauren Princz (Egg Harbor Twp.), 2018
  • 7.19 … Latoya Benson (Washington Twp.), 2001
  • 7.19 … Adia Starnes (Timber Creek), 2017
  • 7.20 … Medina Salaam (Camden), 1974
  • 7.20 … Nia Ali (Pleasantville), 2006
  • 7.20 … Fametta Lewis (Wilson), 2007
  • 7.20 … Tacquaya Tobias (Our Lady of Mercy), 2010
  • 7.20 … Cidae’a Woods (Winslow Twp.), 2013
  • 7.20 … Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown), 2011
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