Wilson’s Dennisha Page had a big meet Tuesday night at Easterns, placing second in the 200-meter dash and third in the 55-meter dash, matching her 55 PR and moving up to No. 5 in South Jersey history in the 200.
Page ran 7.12 in the 55 trials, matching her PR from last week when she won states, then 7.18 in the semis and 7.17 in the final, good for third behind Paul Robeson’s Toshel Goffe and Eastern sophomore Jailya Ash, who ran 7.13. Page’s 55 PR was 7.23 going into Easterns, so that’s coming down significantly.
In the 200, Page opened with a 24.57 in the trials, which is No. 1 in South Jersey this year and No. 2 in the state behind multiple state record holder Athing Mu, who attends Trenton High School but competes independently and has a 24.11 to her credit (as well as a 52.55 and 2:03.98). It also places her No. 17 in state history indoors.
Page demolished her indoor 200 PR, which stood at 25.42 coming into Easterns from a meet at Franklin and Marshall in Lancaster, Pa., last month. Page does have a 23.99 outdoors from last year’s Meet of Champions.
Page, who will attend Syracuse, moved into the all-time Easterns top-20, and her time is actually eighth-fastest ever by a New Jersey girl at Easterns and second-fastest by a South Jersey girl, behind only Winslow’s Krystal Cantey, who ran 24.38 in the semis at the 2006 meet.
Here’s a look at the fastest New Jersey girls in the 200 at Easterns:
24.00 … Sydney McLaughlin (Union Catholic), 2016
24.21 … Dominique Booker (Immaculate Conception), 2008
24.34 … Toneisha Friday (Franklin Twp.), 2005
24.38 … Krystal Cantey (Winslow), 2006
24.38 … Raquel Vassell (East Orange), 2006
24.53 … Olivia Baker (Columbia), 2014
24.56 … Haisha Bisiolu (Union), 2015
24.57 … Dennisha Page (Woodrow Wilson), 2019