Egg Harbor senior Ajae Alvarez-Tyler, the Easterns indoor 400 champ, ran her first serious outdoor 400 on Friday night and came through with a 1 1/2-second outdoor PR and first place in the Rowan Open, held at Washington Township High School this year.
Alvarez-Tyler ran 56.60, breaking her PR of 56.78 set at Easterns and her outdoor PR of 58.07, set at the 2016 Cape-Atlantic Championships at Bridgeton, when she was second to Tia DuPont of Our Lady of Mercy, a soccer star who had a brief track career.
Alvarez-Tyler’s time is No. 1 in New Jersey this year and fastest at the Rowan Invite since Faleesha Dowe of Penns Grove won the 2013 race in 56.25.
It’s also No. 5 in Atlantic County history and fastest in five years.
She won by a a step over sophomore Nylah Perry of Winslow, who was second in 56.99, a huge PR of her own.
Perry didn’t run track last year and her fastest indoor time was 1:01.47 at an early Bennett Center meet.
ALL-TIME ATLANTIC COUNTY 400 LIST
54.35 … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 2008
54.51 … Katrina Sye [Buena] 1998
55.78 … Andrea Olsen [Buena], 2013
56.05 … Marcene Jack [Mainland Reg.], 2004
56.60 … Ajae Alvarez-Tyler [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2018
56.61 … Joshonda Johnson [Absegami], 2016
56.94 … Ariyana Wilkes [Holy Spirit], 2017
57.28 … Orinthia Jones [Absegami], 1997
57.28 … Shalarese Mills [Oakcrest], 2002
57.85 … Juanita Caldwell [St. Joe’s-Hammonton], 2010