EHT’s Lauren Princz breaks Atlantic County 55 record and moves into all-time S.J. top-10 sprint mark at Easterns!!!!!

Egg Harbor Township junior Lauren Princz shattered her 55-meter dash PR, moved into the all-time South Jersey top-10 and broke the Atlantic County record at Easterns on Tuesday.

Princz ran 7.05 in the final, finishing a very close second to senior Mia D’Ambrosio of Schalmont High School of Schenectady, N.Y.

Princz broke the Atlantic County record of 7.07, set by EHT’s Angela Clyburn back in 1991. Princz’s PR coming in was 7.09, which she ran at Easterns two years ago.

D’Ambrosio and Princz led the field through the prelims in 7.06 and 7.19 and the semis, where both ran 7.09. The final was also a two-person race, with nobody else under 7.13.

Winslow’s Janeya Hammond took 4th in 7.23, which matched her PR from the Millrose Trials on the same track last month. That’s also No. 2 in South Jersey this year.

Princz’s time is No. 1 in New Jersey this year and equals No. 13 nationally according to the MileSplit database. 158187145220864304.png

Her time is No. 22 in meet history. The 55 (or 60 yards) has been contested at girls Easterns since 1980.

With the 7.05, Princz becomes the 6th-fastest South Jersey girl ever at Easterns in the 55-meter dash with the 10th-fastest performance.

Here’s what that list looks like:

Michelle Glover (Willingboro), 1980 6.5+
English Gardner (Eastern), 2010 6.91
….. Gardner, 2008 6.92
Denise Mitchell (Edgewood), 1983 6.95+
Amandi Rhett (Moorestown), 2000 7.00
Torie Robinson (Winslow), 2014 7.00
….. Mitchell, 1984 7.02+
….. Gardner, 2007 7.04
….. Robinson, 2014 7.04s
….. Rhett, 1999 7.05
….. Gardner, 2007 7.05s
….. Gardner, 2010 7.05q
Lauren Princz (Egg Harbor Twp.], 2020 7.05

And here’s the updated all-time South Jersey list:

6.73 … Michelle Glover (Willingboro), 1981
6.88 … Patti Dunlap (Camden), 1979
6.91 … English Gardner (Eastern), 2010
6.95 … Bria Mack (Williamstown), 2017
6.95 … Torie Robinson (Winslow Twp.), 2014
6.95 … Denise Mitchell (Edgewood), 1983
7.00 … Amandi Rhett (Moorestown), 2000
7.00 … Iyanli Kollock (Our Lady of Mercy), 2017
7.01 … Aliyah Taylor (Rancocas Valley), 2017
7.05 … Dana Burnett (Williamstown), 1996
7.05 … Lauren Princz (Egg Harbor Twp.], 2020
7.06 … Jailya Ash (Eastern), 2019
7.07 … Aliya Harrison (Sterling), 2018
7.07 … Dennisha Page (Woodrow Wilson), 2019
7.07 … Annie Johnson (Shawnee), 2012
7.07 … Audrey Wilson (Deptford), 2009
7.07 … Magenta Taylor (Willingboro), 1999
7.07 … Angela Clyburn (Egg Harbor Twp.), 1991
7.09 … Ste’yce McNeil (Winslow Twp.), 2012
7.09 … Emily Carson (Haddonfield), 2013
7.11 … Jamie Walker (Haddon Hts.), 2006
7.12 … Assante Johnson (Camden), 2009
7.14 … Shonda Burroughs (Vineland), 1999
7.15 … Flora Ahiarakwe (Winslow Twp.), 2017
7.17 … Nia Lawrence (Pemberton), 2013
7.17 … Kiara Lester (Deptford), 2014
7.17 … Krystal Cantey (Winslow Twp.), 2006
7.17 … Cecelia Gerstenbacher (Delsea), 2017
7.18 … Sherese Price (Pleasantville), 1997
7.19 … Latoya Benson (Washington Twp.), 2001
7.19 … Adia Starnes (Timber Creek), 2017
7.20 … Medina Salaam (Camden), 1974
7.20 … Nia Ali (Pleasantville), 2006
7.20 … Fametta Lewis (Wilson), 2007
7.20 … Tacquaya Tobias (Our Lady of Mercy), 2010
7.20 … Cidae’a Woods (Winslow Twp.), 2013
7.20 … Gabrielle Farquharson (Williamstown), 2011

Princz also ran a season-best 25.01 in the 200 trials before taking third overall in 25.26 in the final in her fifth race of the day.

That 25.01 isn’t far off her indoor PR of 24.86 from last year’s Easterns. That’s No. 3 in New Jersey this year but really No. 2 since Athing Mu isn’t competing for Trenton High.

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