Big breakthrough race Saturday for Rutgers freshman Iyanla Kollock, who dipped under 12 seconds for the first time in the 100-meter dash.
Kollock, the former Our Lady of Mercy Academy sprinter, ran 11.93 for second at the Metropolitan Championships in Piscataway, finishing behind only Fairliegh Dickinson junior Kylia Smith, who ran 11.83. That was also a PR for Smith, a transfer from Butler Community College near Pittsburgh.
Kollock had a high school PR of 12.10, which she ran two years ago as a OLMA junior at the Rowan Invitational, where she placed second to Jewel Ash of Eastern. Kollock was a six-time state champ in high school.
But she PR’d twice Saturday, first with a 12.03 in the trials before her 11.93 in the final. Kollock also ran 25.35 for eighth in the 200, just off her PR of 25.32, which she ran at the 2016 Meet of Champions.
Kollock’s time makes her the No. 5 freshman in the Big 10