Princeton senior Carly Bonnet ran the fastest intermediate hurdles time by.a Princeton woman in 36 years Saturday.
Bonnet, a Haddonfield graduate, ran a big personal-best of 59.12 in the qualifying rounds of the Heps, the Ivy League Championships, advancing to Sunday’s finals. She’s the second-fastest qualifier, behind only Maya Miklos of Harvard, who ran 58.26.
The final is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Princeton’s Weaver Track.
Bonnet’s previous personal-best was 1:00.01 at a meet at Princeton last month. Before that it was 1:00.60 at Ivy’s last year. So she’s lowered her PR by about 1 1/2 seconds in the last few weeks.
Bonnet’s time is second-fastest in Princeton history, behind only Sally Anderson, who ran 58.19 at the 1983 NCAA championships at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus.
Bonnet, racing in lane 2, won the first of two semifinal races. Miklos won the second section.
Bonnet’s high school PR was 1:02.90, which she ran when she won the state Group 2 title at Egg Harbor as a junior in the spring of 2014.
Two weeks ago, Bonnet ran a personal-best 56.63 in the flat 400, a sign that she was ready for a breakthrough in the intermediates.