Big day for Shaikyi Hannah, who doubled the 100 and 400 at the Gloucester County Championships Thursday and ran a leg on the winning relay team AND turned in the fastest time in South Jersey this year in the 400.
Hannah, a Delsea junior, won the 100 in 11.46, but he really turned it on in the 400, which he won in 49.14 on his home track in Franklinville.
His time is No. 1 in South Jersey this year and No. 9 in the state. It’s also No. 2 state-wide in Group 2, behind only Zach Hall of Matawan, who ran 48.72 yesterday at the Monmouth County meet at Middletown North.
Hannah, who spent his freshman year at Buena, was pushed throughout by Kingsway junior Michael Williams, who ran 49.29, a personal-best of his own.
Hannah’s previous PR was a 50.20 last week at the South Jersey Invitational. Before this month his 400 best was a 50.38 this past winter at indoor Easterns at the Armory. He placed fifth at Group 2 indoor states with a 50.96 and was No. 4 in South Jersey indoors.
This is the third straight year a Delsea runner has won the 400 at the Gloucester County meet. Michael Szwed won it in 2017 and 2018.
The Hannah and Williams times are the two-fastest at the Gloucester County Championships in seven years, since Derrell Manhertz of Kingsway ran 48.92 to win the 2012 race.
Williams’ time is fastest by a Kingsway runner since 2013, when Manhertz ran 48.71.
Williams is No. 3 in South Jersey now, behind only Hannah and Holy Spirit’s Ahmad Brown, who ran a PR 49.26 Thursday at the Atlantic County meet at Buena.
Four others broke 51 seconds in a very fast Gloucester County race – Makye Sawyer-Smith of West Deptford (50.52), Williamstown senior Geoff Hammond (50.53), Deptford junior Khion Smith (PR 50.62), Clayton senior Thomas Hampton (PR 50.75) and Delsea’s junior Damir Lomax (PR 50.75).