Cherokee graduate Kaila Carter is the top-ranked hurdler in NCAA Division 3 a month into the indoor season.
Carter, a senior at The College of New Jersey, ran 8.93 at the TCNJ Lions Indoor Invitational, the top mark in the country in Division 3 according to the TFRRS.org performance list.
Carter ran just 1-100th of a second off her PR of 8.82, which she ran in the trials at the AARTFC Championships last March at Ithaca. She went on to compete for a second time in the NCAA Division 3 Championships.
She’s just a fraction of a second off the school record of 8.91 set in 2010 by Priscilla Senyah, a graduate of Sayreville High. Senyah ran 8.91 at the 2010 New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the 168th Street Armory.
Carter was runner-up in the 100-meter highs last spring at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships and is a five-time medalist at the NJAC meet indoors or out. She’s also a two-time NJAC conference medalist in the long jump.
Carter didn’t compete indoors at Cherokee. She ran 15.51 in the highs and was fifth at sectionals as a senior.
This past weekend, Carter placed a close second in the 60-meter highs to Bloomfield’s TeSeanna Harris in the Ramapo College Indoor Opener. Harris ran 8.98 and Carter was second in 8.99.
We assume this is the same TeSeanna Harris who graduated from Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy in Camden and competed for Camden High, but Bloomfield’s web site doesn’t have a 2020 roster posted, and since Harris is a freshman she’s not on the 2019 roster they do list.
If it’s the same TeSeanna Harris — and it seems likely — she was a two-time state Group 2 championing the highs with a PR of 14.31 and was fourth in the Meet of Champions indoors at 8.26 (with an 8.18 in the trials).