Eastern’s Jailya Ash wins state Group 4 hurdles race with all-time S.J. #12 performance!!!

A little bit ago we wrote about Jewel Ash winning the 400 at the state Group 4 meet. Younger sister Jailya, a junior at Eastern just won the 55-meter hurdles, and she did it with a personal-best and the No. 2 time in the state this year.

Jailya ran 8.08 at the Bubble and ran away with the race, winning by a full meter over Hillsborough junior Kirstyn Schechter. 

The only faster hurdler in the state this year is Paramus Catholic senior Mariah Fede, who ran 8.02 to win Easterns earlier this month at the Armory.

Her time is No. 13 in South Jersey history and No. 18 in the U.S. this year according to the MileSplit national database and No. 8 among juniors.

Jewel Ash also medaled in the hurdles with an 8.38 for fourth place.

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey list:

7.89 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
7.89 … Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006
7.92 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
7.94 … Lenaami Morton [Camden], 2017
7.98 … Nichole Belcher [Woodrow Wilson], 1992
7.98 … Tionna Tobias [Winslow Twp.], 2019
8.01 … Samantha Sharper [Woodrow Wilson], 2008
8.03 … Alethia Jenkins [Pennsauken], 2000
8.03 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2018
8.04 … Zonya Cross [Edgewood], 1983
8.05 … Sherese Price [Pleasantville], 1998
8.06 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
8.08 … Jailya Ash [Eastern], 2019
8.10 … Nichole Hill [Oakcrest], 1997

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