Bryanna Craig continued the remarkable start to her freshman year with a couple big-time marks this weekend at the Coach Glynn Holiday Carnival at the Sea Breeze Track in Staten Island.
Craig is a national-champion age group multi-eventer and the daughter of former Millville 7-foot high jumper and national decathlon champ Raffael Craig.
On Friday, she ran 8.64 to win the high hurdles, 58.14 to win the 400 and cleared 5-0 in the high jump.
Let’s take a deeper look at where Craig is two meets into her high school career:
55-METER HURDLES: Craig ran 8.79 in the trials, leading a 1-2-3 Millville sweep going into the finals, with freshman Leah Ellis at 8.76 and senior Malea Broome just behind in 8.86. There were 61 girls in the prelims and the three fastest were from Millville. No wonder they have a great shuttle hurdles team! In the final, Craig and Broome went 1-2 in 8.64 and 8.70, PRs for both. Craig and Broome rank No. 3 and 4 in South Jersey so far this winter and Ellis isn’t far back at No. 6.
400-METER DASH: Craig was out in 27.7 and came back in 30.4 and won the 400 in 58.14, fastest in New Jersey this year and fastest by a Cumberland County girl since Britney Kott of Millville ran 56.65 back at the 2009 Eastern’s. It’s also No. 3 in the U.S. so far this year by a freshman, behind Sanaa Hebron of George School in Middletown, Pa. (she’s the daughter of former Eagle Vaughn Hebron), who ran 55.04, and Kennedi Sanders of Madison (Miss.) Central, who ran 57.59. Lenape’s Shelby Whetstone was second in the 400 in 58.98, an indoor PR.
HIGH JUMP: Although she only jumped 5-0 Friday, she does have a 5-4 to her credit from last week at the Merli Invite at the Bennett Center. That’s tied with Winslow’s Tina Tobias and Willingboro’s Kenady Wilson for tops in South Jersey this year. It’s also an indoor Cumberland County record.