Paulsboro freshman Amirah Sharpe shaved nearly three seconds off her PR and won the state Group 1 title at 800 meters Saturday with a school-record 2:15.05 at Franklin Township. It’s the fastest time by a New Jersey freshman this year.
Sharpe’s previous PR was a 2:17.83 at the Gloucester County at Delsea last month. That was her first time under 2:20.
Sharpe’s time is fourth-fastest by a South Jersey freshman over the past decade, behind Shawnee’s Julia Despirito, who ran 2:15.01 in 2011, Haddonfield’s Briana Gess, who ran 2:13.56 in 2014, and Kami Joe Hickson of Washington Township, who now attends Neumann Goretti in Philadelphia, who ran 2:12.04 last year.
Sharpe is one of three freshman twin sisters competing for Paulsboro this spring. They are the daughters of the legendary Fred Sharpe, who turned in the greatest Meet of Champions performance in history in 1997 – winning the 800 in 1:53.40 and the 400 intermediates in 51.62 and placing third in the 1,600 in 4:15.73.
Sharpe went on to become a six-time All-America at Auburn, ran as fast as 48.86 in the 400IH and 1:48.09 in the 800, and raced at the 2004 Olympic Trials. As recently as 2016, at the age of 38, he ran the intermediates in 52.31.