Woodbury’s Josh Washington records 55-meter dash PR and SJ #1 at Ocean Breeze!!!!!

Woodbury senior Josh Washington annihilated his 55-meter dash PR this weekend at the Ocean Breeze Invitational.

Washington lowered his PR from 6.58 to 6.49 — nearly a 10th of a second — when he placed second to Daiyaan Hawkins of the Haverford School for Boys in suburban Philly.

In the trials, Hawkins led all qualifiers in 6.52 and Washington ran 6.58, which tied his PR from the Ursinus College Holiday Open last month in suburban Philly.

In the finals, Hawkins won in 6.45, outlining Washington, who was second in 6.49.

Washington’s time is No. 4 in New Jersey this year, No. 1 in South Jersey and also fastest by any Group 1 runner state-wide.

Washington is closing in on the school record of 6.43 set at the 2013 Meet of Champions by Anthony Everett, when he placed second by a 100th of a second to Haddon Heights’ Dominique Irons.

Washington’s time is No. 6 in Gloucester County history

The Gloucester County record is 6.34 by A.J. Bunton of West Deptford in 2006.

6.34 … A.J. Bunton [West Deptford], 2006
6.38 … James Brown [Glassboro], 2009
6.43 … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2013
6.47 … Thomas Hampton [Clayton], 2018
6.48 … Clayton Crosse [Washington Twp.]. 2016
6.49 … Josh Washington [Woodbury], 2019

The South Jersey and state Group 1 races are shaping up to be terrific battles between Washington and Clayton’s Thomas Hampton, the top-ranked Group 1 sprinters in the state this winter, both from Gloucester County.

Here’s every South Jersey runner that’s run sub-6.50 fully automatic in the 55-meter dash:
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6.30 … Jamar Ervin [Camden], 2001
6.31 … Dennis Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
6.34 … A.J. Bunton [West Deptford], 2006
6.36 … Kenny Reynolds [Willingboro], 1986
6.37 … Carl Lewis [Willingboro], 1979
6.38 … James Brown [Glassboro], 2009
6.39 … Damiere Byrd [Timber Creek], 2009
6.41 … Chris Church [Millville], 2007
6.42 … Thomas Walls [Wilson], 2006
6.42 … Dominique Irons [Haddon Heights], 2013
6.43 … George McKey [Willingboro], 1982
6.43 … Anthony Averett [Woodbury], 2013
6.45 … Paul Wheeler [Willingboro], 1983
6.45 … Sherron Bullock [Camden], 2004
6.45 … Rob McGriff [Camden], 2006
6.45 … Antonio Tarantino [Paul VI], 2018
6.46 … Albert Newkirk [Camden], 1996
6.46 … Darnell Charles [Oakcrest], 2012
6.46 … Kashif Miller [Haddon Heights], 2014
6.47 … Anthony Jones [Edgewood], 1982
6.47 … Darren Ford [Vineland], 2004
6.47 … Reggie Morton [Oakcrest], 2012
6.47 … Curtis Fitzpatrick [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2013
6.47 … Jonathan Taylor [Salem], 2016
6.47 … Thomas Hampton [Clayton], 2018
6.48 … Gary Gordon [Willingboro], 1995
6.48 … Fabian Santiago [Oakcrest], 2012
6.48 … Caleb Williams [St. Joe’s-Hammonton], 2015
6.48 … Clayton Crosse [Washington Twp.]. 2016
6.49 … Louis Smith [Burlington Twp.], 1997
6.49 … Michael Bolling [Willingboro], 2001
6.49 … Martin Booker [Pennsauken], 2016
6.49 … Ryquell Amstead [Millville], 2014
6.49 … Josh Washington [Woodbury], 2019

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