What a crazy breakthrough performance for Highland junior Nia Holden, who won the large-school 800 at the Camden County Championships Saturday at Haddon Township.
Holden came into the meet with an outdoor PR of 2:24.76 from last year’s Camden County meet, although she had a 2:22.79 to her credit from an indoor meet at the Bennett Center this past winter. And she did run 2:21-point a couple times during summer track.
But all that went out the window Saturday, when she ran 2:16.29 to win by 30 meters over Eastern’s Sydney Woolston, who finished second in 2:22.16.
Holden’s time is No. 1 in South Jersey this year and No. 5 in the state and No. 1 among juniors.
I’m not positive if it’s a Highland school record, but it’s the fastest by a Highland girl in at least 10 years.
I’ll have more on Holden’s race as I get more information!