Lauren Princz raced against some of the other top freshman sprinters in the country Sunday and the results were impressive!
Princz, a ninth-grader at Egg Harbor Township High School, placed fourth in the Freshman 60-Meter Dash at the National Scholastic Championships at the 168th Street Armory in Manhattan with a time of 7.66.
The 60 isn’t run as much on the high school level as the 55, but her time is still No. 3 in South Jersey history and only 13-100ths off the South Jersey record of 7.53 set in 2014 by Winslow’s Torie Robinson. It’s the fastest by a New Jersey freshman since Myasia Jacobs of Paramus Catholic ran 7.54 in 2009. She’s also the state record holder in the 60 with a 7.34 in 2011. It’s also No. 13 in state history.
Princz ran 7.68 in the trials before her 7.66 in the final. Trinity Possum of Braselton, Ga., won in 7.51.
She’s the daughter of 1998 Eagles draft pick Allen Rossum, who spent 12 years in the NFL and was a Pro Bowl returner in 2004 with the Falcons. Allen Rossum was also a star sprinter in high school.
Princz was second in the Meet of Champions at 55 meters this winter with a 7.18 and had a season-best time of 7.09 when she took third at Easterns. That was 2-100ths of a second off the school and Atlantic County record of 7.07 set in 1991 by Angela Clyburn.
Her 7.66 on Sunday converts to a 7.11 for 55 meters, so she was right on her PR pace for the slightly longer distance.
N.J. ALL-TIME 60-METER DASH LIST
7.34 Myasia Jacobs [Paramus Catholic], 2011
7.45 Aleah Williams [Montclair], 1997
7.47 Dominique Booker [Immaculate Conception], 2009
7.50 Melisa Barber [Montclair], 1997
7.53 Torie Robinson [Winslow Twp.], 2014
7.55 Ogechi Nwaneri [Chatham], 2008
7.56 Amandi Rhett [Moorestown], 2000
7.57 Bria Mack [Williamstown], 2017
7.58 Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
7.61 Jenna Harris [Franklin Twp.], 2003
7.62 Georgina Nembhard [Ocean Twp.], 2007
7.64 Haisha Bisiolu [Union], 2014
7.66 Jamie Walker [Haddon Heights], 2007
7.66 Lauren Princz [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2018
7.67 Sydney Hawkins [Phillipsburg], 2017
7.69 Racquel Vassell [East Orange], 2005
7.70 Denesha Ransome [Irvington], 2014
7.70 Cleopatra Morrison [Long Branch], 2014