Huge legs by juniors Janeya Hammond and Nylah Perry led Winslow Township to a fast win over Rancocas Valley Saturday in the Philadelphia Area Championship race at the 125th Penn Relays.
Hammond split 56.19, the fastest second leg in the race, and Perry anchored in 55.37, the second-fastest anchor, and Winslow crossed the finish line at Franklin Field in 3:51.70, fastest time by a South Jersey school this year.
Winslow beat Rancocas Valley by two seconds after R.V. had run 3:51.76 to win Thursday’s South Jersey Championship race. Winslow ran 3:56.91 on Thursday for second. R.V. ran 3:53.83 for second on Saturday.
Winslow and R.V. now rank No. 1 and No. 2 in South Jersey this year and No. 2 and 3 in the state, behind Union Catholic’s 3:45.39 that got them in the Championship of America race (where they ran 3:46.55 and placed fifth but were DQ’d).
This is the first time a South Jersey school has won the Philly Area Championship 1,600-Meter Relay in 12 years, since Washington Township ran 3:52.88 to win the race in 2007.
Senior Nicole Hood led off with a 60.17 split for Winslow, followed by Hammond, senior Raven Rouse (59.98) and Perry, whose anchor was second-fastest in the race, behind only Bria Barnes of Cheltenham, who ran 54.42. Barnes was the 2017 New Balance Nationals champion in the intermediate hurdles.
This is the fifth consecutive year Winslow has run sub-3:52 and the ninth straight year they’ve run sub-3:57.
2019 – 3:51.70
2018 – 3:46.67
2017 – 3:47.41
2016 – 3:49.63
2015 – 3:45.06
2014 – 3:56.20
2013 – 3:55.28
2012 – 3:54.53
2011 – 3:56.23