It’s always fun to see which athletes enjoy huge breakthroughs sectional weekend. Because there’s always a bunch of them.
Pleasantville sophomore Maya Harper sure did this past weekend.
Harper was 11th in the 400 at the Rowan Open with a PR of 58.43, second in the Atlantic County meet at 58.51 and fourth in the Cape Atlantic Meet at 59.28.
Good stuff. Those are legit times.
Then came sectionals and a huge breakthrough with a 1 1/2-second personal-best 57.11 but more importantly a sectional title. Harper won the South Jersey Group 2 400 over another sophomore, Delsea’s Aalliya Fox, who had a big breakthrough of her own, dropping from 58.42 to 57.37.
Junior Emily Wallace of Collingswood (57.63) also broke 58 for the first time, and Cinnaminson junior Meredith Updike ran a PR 58.40 out of an unseeded heat where nobody else broke 62. Pemberton junior Reyanna Henderson (58.93) also PR’d in fifth place.
As for Harper, her time is fastest by an Atlantic County sophomore since Nijgia Snapp of Oakcrest ran 56.78 as a sophomore in 2007.
Harper, Fox and Wallace will be the No. 3, 5 and 6 seeds at states this weekend.
Harper is the first Pleasantville girl to win a sectional 400 title since Tamara Faukner ran 58.0 to win S.J.-2 back in 1996.