Cinnaminson’s Meredith Updike wins 55 hurdles at sectionals with all-time Burlco #3 time, PRs in two other events!!!

Senior Meredith Updike ran a meet-record and personal-best 8.29 to win the hurdles and highlight a huge day for Cinnaminson at the Central Jersey Group 2 meet Saturday at the Bennett Center.

Updike broke her 55-meter highs PR of 8.33 from her win at Group 2 states last winter on the same track.

The previous meet record was 8.45 by Mjcah Collier of Lawrence in 2017. Updike won last year’s race in 8.60.

Her time is No. 7 in the state this year and No. 3 by a South Jersey hurdler behind Jewel Ash (8.15) and Jailya Ash (8.20) of Eastern.

Her time is No. 3 in Burlington County history, behind only Olympic long jumper Carol Lewis, who ran 7.92 in 1981 for Willingboro, and Jasmine Staten of Lenape, who ran 8.28 in 2016.

Updike nearly broke the meet record with an 8.46 in the trials, then won the final by a whopping four meters over Matawan’s Tiana Ellis, who was second in 8.99.

The versatile Updike added an indoor PR in the 400 and an overall indoor/outdoor PR in the 800 for 22 total points in three events.

She placed 2nd in the 800 in 2:22.72, finishing just 16-100ths of a second behind winner Sydney Todd of Monmouth, and 4th in the 400 in 59.44.

The 400 time breaks her indoor PR of 59.73, which she ran twice last winter. Her previous overall 800 PR was a 2:22.93 last January.

<strong>ALL-TIME S.J. 55 HURDLES LIST</strong>
7.29 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
7.89 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
7.89 … Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006
7.94 … Lenaami Morton [Camden], 2017
7.98 … Nicole Belcher [Wilson], 1992
7.98 … Tisonna Tobias [Winslow Twp.], 2019
8.01 … Samantha Sharper [Wilson], 2008
8.03 … Alethia Jenkins [Pennsauken], 2000
8.03 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
8.04 … Zonya Cross [Edgewood], 1983
8.05 … Sherese Price [Pleasantville], 1998
8.06 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
8.10 … Nichole Hill [Oakcrest]. 2008
8.10 … Jailya Ash [Eastern], 2019
8.11 … Cidae’a Woods [Winslow Twp.], 2014
8.15 … Jewel Ash [Eastern], 2020
8.16 … Te’Seanna Harris [Camden], 2019
8.17 … Torie Robinson [Winslow Twp.], 2014
8.18 … Gabrielle Bennett [Winslow Twp.], 2015
8.19 … Brittany Preston [Winslow Twp,], 2016
8.22 … Jamillah Nock [Wilson], 2004
8.23 … Tierra Hooker [Timber Creek], 2019
8.24 … Malea Broome [Millville], 2019
8.26 … Janee Sharper [Wilson], 2006
8.28 … Kristina Keegan [Haddonfield], 2003
8.28 … Jasmine Staten [Lenape, 2016
8.29 … Keisha Williams [Camden], 2015
8.29 … Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 2019
8.29 … Meredith Updike [Cinnaminson], 2020
8.30 … Joshonda Johnson [Absegami], 2017

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