Pennsauken sophomore Jade Pope and Winslow junior Nylah Perry ran the third- and fourth-fastest 400s by South Jersey girls this year Monday night at the Bubble.
Pope ran 58.36 and Perry 58.41 at the SJTCA meet in Toms River. Those are the two-fastest time this year at the Bubble.
Pope and Perry were separated by about five inches at the finish line.
Pope ran about half a second off her indoor PR of 57.79 from state’s last year. She ran 55.65 outdoors at the Meet of Champions.
Perry’s time is a personal indoor PR. She had just run 58.53 this past weekend at Ocean Breeze. She has run as fast as 56.99 outdoors.
The only faster times by South Jersey girls were turned in by Eastern junior Jewel Ash, who ran 57.82 this past weekend at the Armory, and freshman Bryanna Craig of Millville, who ran 58.14 last month at Ocean Breeze.
The banked Armory and Ocean Breeze tracks are both much faster than the Armory’s flat 200-meter oval.
Cinnaminson junior Meredith Updike made it three girls under 60, finishing third in 59.73, an indoor or outdoor personal best. Updike just ran an 800 PR of 2:22.93 – a Cinnaminson indoor school record – this past weekend on the same track.
Seven other girls ran sub-62 in a very fast race.
Oakcrest’s Shaunajah Davis Roberts (60.32), Pemberton’s Ariana Harrell (60.70), Pennsauken’s Keyoura Smith (61.37), Haddonfield’s Lindsay Colflesh (61.69) and Seneca’s Madison Melvin (61.83) did it in the last section of the race.
In the sixth of seven sections, Shawnee’s Amanda Demo (61.21) and Leisha Jackson (61.44) were the first across the line.