Egg Harbor sophomore Lauren Princz put together a fast early-season 55-200 double at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic this weekend at the the Armory.
Princz ran 7.12 for third in a very fast 55-meter dash and 24.92 in the 200 trials before a 24.99 for fourth in the 200 finals.
The Marine Corps Classic brings together some of the fastest sprinters from New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and the sprint fields in particular were loaded, so it was a great chance for Princz to mix it up with some of the country’s fastest girls.
In the 55, Princz opened with a 7.16 in the trials before her 7.12, which had her just behind Toshel Goffe of Paul Robeson Campus in Brooklyn, who ran 7.04, and Victoria Perrow of Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C., who ran 7.06.
Princz’s 7.12 is No. 1 in New Jersey this year. The three girls are now ranked No. 2, 4 and 7 in the U.S., according to the MileSplit rankings.
Princz, the freshman 100 winner at the New Balance nationals last spring and Meet of Champions 200 champ, ran within 3-100ths of her 55 PR this weekend. She ran 7.09 for third at Easterns last winter.
In the 200, Princz’s 24.92 was fourth-fastest qualifier, and she wound up fourth in the two-section final, which was won by Leah Phillips of the Bullis School in Potomac, Md. Phillips is a multiple national champ in the high hurdles and intermediate hurdles.
But this was a strong result for Princz, whose previous indoor PR in the 200 was a 25.29 for second at last year’s Meet of Champions. Princz ran as fast as 23.90 outdoors, her winning time at the M-of-C.
Princz moved up to No. 9 on the all-time South Jersey indoor 200 list and also broke the Atlantic County record of 25.11 set in 2006 by Pleasantville’s Nia Ali, the Olympic silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Here’s the all-time South Jersey sub-25 indoor 200 list:
24.38 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
24.39 … Shakira Dancy [Winslow Twp.[, 2017
24.46 … Amandi Rhett [Moorestown], 2000
24.52 … Cecelia Gerstenbecher [Delsea], 2017
24.61 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
24.5h … Jennifer Jackson [Eastern], 2003
24.78 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 1996
24.83 … Kiara Lester [Deptford], 2014
24.92 … Lauren Princz [Egg Harbor], 2019
24.93 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
24.94 … Shardae Anderson [Paulsboro], 2005
24.96 … Toni Glatz [Delsea], 2017