She’s been doing it for so long and at such a high level it’s easy to forget just how talented Shakira Dancy is. And just how routinely she rises to the occasion at big meets.
But the Winslow Township senior, already a two-time Meet of Champions 200 winner, put on yet another crazy display this weekend at Delsea, helping a loaded Winslow team win its sixth straight South Jersey Group 3 championship.
Dancy won the 100 in 12.04, leading a 1-3-5 Winslow finish for 18 points.
She won the 200 in 24.35, leading a 1-4-6 Winslow finish for 15 points
She won the 400 in 56.93, leading a 1-2 Winslow finish for 18 points.
She anchored Winslow’s 400-meter relay team, which ran 47.87.
Dancy has now won three straight sectional titles in the 100 and 200 and two in a row in the 400 after finishing second as a sophomore to Joshonda Johnson of Absegami by less than half a second.
She’s also won four indoor sectional titles, so that’s 12 South Jersey individual titles in addition to numerous relay titles.
Dancy’s times from sectionals rank No. 4 in the state in the 100 at 12.04, No. 2 in the 200 at 24.35 and No. 16 in the 400, although she was running just to win. There’s no telling how much faster she’ll go when she’s really pushed at states. The 47.87 is No. 4 in the state this year.
At Group 3 states at Central Regional, Dancy will be seeded No. 1 in the 100 and 200 and No. 2 in the 400, behind Reanda Richards of West Essex, who ran 55.45 at the North 1 sectionals. Richards was runner-up to Olymian Sydney McLaughlin of Union Catholic in the 400 at last year’s Meet of Champions. Winslow’s 4-by-1 will also be top-seeded at states.
Full seedings can be found here:
Winslow’s sixth straight title is only one shy of the South Jersey record of seven set by Woodbury from 1976 through 1982. It’s also tied for seventh-longest in state history, and the Eagles are only two shy of the state record:
8 … Columbia [1991-98]
8 … Metuchen [1994-01]
7 … Hanover Park [2002-08]
7 … Hopewell Valley [2005-11]
7 … Randolph [2009-15]
7 … Woodbury [1976-82]
6 … Winslow Twp. [2013-18]
6 … Monmouth Reg. [1984-89]
6 … New Providence [1982-87]
6 … North Hunterdon [1982-87]
As brilliant as Dancy was, this isn’t a one-person show.
Junior Tionna Tobias won the high hurdles in 14.57 in a titanic battle with Timber Creek soph Tierra Hooker after a PR 14.52 in the trials. Hooker ran 14.58 after a PR 14.54 in the trials. Tobias also won the long jump at 19-0 3/4 (just ahead of Hooker) and placed second (to Hooker) in the high jump at 5-2. More on the epic Tobias-Hooker competition later this week.
Senior Ciarra Johnson won the discus with a 124-5 and placed second in the shot with a 38-7 1/2
Sophomore Janeya Hammond won the intermediates in 1:04.79 and also placed third in the 100 in 12.33.
Senior Flora Ahiarakwe placed second in the 400 in 57.23 and also ran fifth in the 100 in 12.40 and sixth in the 200 in 25.92.
Sophomore Nylah Perry took third in the intermediates in 1:08.22 and fourth in the 200 in 25.21
Freshman Shevell Higgs, who had a PR of 16.38 coming into the meet, lowered that to 15.33 and took fourth in the highs.
Junior Adonista Bob-Grey ran 1:08.68 for fifth in the intermediates.
Hammond, Ahiarakwe, Tobias and Dancy ran 47.87 to win the 400-meter relay, and Hammond, junior Rayven Rouse, Perry and junior Nicole Hood went 3:56.13 to win the 1,600-meter relay.
Rouse, Alexandria Morrison and Hood along with soph Grace Morton placed fifth in the 3,200-meter relay with a season-best 10:13.72.