Here’s the latest on South Jersey athletes from Easterns at the Armory following the trials and semis in the boys and girls 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles!
Boys 55-meter dash
Trey Henry of Egg Harbor Township reached the finals with a personal-best 6.58 in the trials after a 6.60 in the trials. Henry will line up in lane 1 later tonight in the final.
Boys 55-meter hurdles
St. Augustine’s Sincere Rhea led all qualifiers into the finals with a 7.31 in the semis, only 2-100ths of a second off his PR. Palmyra’s Sam Aviles also advanced to the final with a 7.51 in the semis. Rhea ran 7.51 in the trials and Aviles 7.54. In the final, Rhea will be in lane 4 with Aviles racing in lane 2.
Girls 55-meter dash
South Jersey girls snared three of the four-fastest qualifying spots and advanced four to the eight-lane final. Dennisha Page of Woodrow Wilson (7.18 after a 7.12 in the trials), Lauren Princz of Egg Harbor (7.19 after a 7.15 in the trials), Jailya Ash of Eastern (7.23) and Millville’s Malea Broome (huge PR 7.33) will all race in the final. Toshel Goffe of Paul Robeson is the No. 1 seed with a 7.12, followed by Page, Princz and Ash. Princz, Goffe, Page and Ash will line up in lanes 3 through 6, with Broome in lane 8.
Girls 55-meter hurdles
Three South Jersey girls reached the final, with Winslow Township’s Tionna Tobias running a huge PR 8.07 in the semis and qualifying No. 2 behind Grace O’Shea of Ramapo, who ran 7.77 in the trials, No. 4 in meet history. Atlantic City’s Claudine Smith ran 8.25 and Cinnaminson’s Meredith Updike earned the final lane by 1-100th of a second with a 8.39 in the semis. Tobias and Smith race next to each other in tonight’s final with Tobias in lane 5 and Smith in lane 6. Updike is in lane 8.