Winslow’s Nylah Perry shatters her 400 PR, moves up to #2 in N.J.

Nylah Perry became Winslow’s fastest indoor quarter-miler in eight years Monday night with a blazing PR of 56.85 at the Armory.

Her time is No. 2 in the state this year and No. 6 in Camden County history.

Perry finished second to All-America middle-distance runner Taliltha Diggs of Saucon Valley High School in Hellertown. Diggs, a Florida signee, was the Pennsylvania state champ in the 400 last spring and 5th in the 400 at outdoor Nationals.

But they weren’t in the same section, so we’ll never know what would have happened if they actually got to race each other head to head.

Perry’s previous indoor PR was a 57.59 at the Hispanic Games last month on the same track. She’s run a bit faster outdoors, 56.32 at Group 3 states last spring at Central Regional.

Perry’s time is fastest by a Camden County 400 runner indoors since Ste’yce McNeil ran 56.62 in 2012. Her time is No. 17 in South Jersey history.

The only New Jersey girl who’s run faster than Perry this year is Athing Mu, who attends Trenton High School but competes unattached in open meets. Mu set the American record in the 600 last winter at the U.S. Championships at Ocean Breeze. Mu ran a U.S. No. 1 53.14 at the Armory last month. She’s run as fast as 52.55 indoors and 51.98 outdoors.

Perry’s Winslow teammate Janeya Hammond (59.32), Shawnee’s Amanda Demko (59.41) and Ocean City’s Erin Hanlon (59.78) all also broke 60 seconds.

Those are indoor PRs for both Demko and Hanlon.

There are now 10 South Jersey girls under a minute this winter in the 400:

2020 S.J. 400 LEADERS
56.85 … Nylah Perry [Winslow Twp.]
57.79 … Janeya Hammond [Winslow Twp.]
58.05 … Jewel Ash [Eastern]
59.19 … Maya Harper [Pleasantville]
59.41 … Amanda Demko [Shawnee]
59.54 … Emily Wallace [Collingswood]
59.60 … Jade Pope [Pennsauken]
59.67 … Amirah Sharpe [Paulsboro]
59.78 … Erin Hanlon [Ocean City]
59.88 … Alyssa Leak [Rancocas Valley]

ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR 400 PERFORMANCE LIST
54.24 … Okechi Ogbuokiri [Willingboro], 2003
54.91 … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 2008
55.16 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
55.19 … Michelle Brown [Seneca], 2008
55.21 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
55.4h … English Gardner [Eastern], 2008
55.6h … Denise Mitchell [Edgewood], 1984
55.83 … Kiara Lester [Deptford], 2016
56.21 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 1997
56.24 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017
56.34 … Katrina Sye [Buena], 1997
56.44 … Avionne Sloan [Camden], 2006
56.62 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
56.65 … Britney Kott [Millville], 2009
56.76 … Simone Thomas [Willingboro], 2003
56.78 … Ajae Alvarez [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2018
56.85 … Emily Duffey [Lenape], 2012
56.85 … Nylah Perry [Winslow], 2020
56.88 … Marcene Jack [Mainland Reg.], 2004
56.90 … Nadia Davy [Bridgeton], 1999
56.95 … Aliyah Taylor [Rancocas Valley], 2017

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