Winslow’s Nylah Perry earns first career Meet of Champions title with fast 400 triumph!!!!!

Winslow’s Nylah Perry earned her first Meet of Champions title Sunday with a 56.19 win in the 400-meter dash at Ocean Breeze!

Her time is No. 9 in South Jersey history!

Perry ran very aggressively and led from start to finish. She stumbled on her final steps and went down at the finish line but made it safely across with the dramatic win.

Perry had placed 3rd at Marine Corps, 4th at Hispanic Games and 2nd at the Varsity Classic, sectionals and states, so this was her first 400 win this year, and it came in the biggest race of the year.

Perry’s previous indoor PR was a 56.85 from the Varsity Classic last month at the Armory. She also ran faster than her outdoor PR of 56.23 from last year’s state Group 3 meet at Central Regional.

Perry becomes the first South Jersey girl to win the Meet of Champions 400 since Michelle Brown of Seneca in 2010.

Chidumga Nkulume of Union Catholic ran 56.50 in the fourth of five heats, which meant Perry would have to PR to earn the win. She went through 200 meters in 26.1, with Lily Orr of Rumson-Fair Haven (26.5) and Jewel Ash of Eastern (26.5) just behind.

Perry opened up her lead on the backstretch and Orr wound up second in the seeded race in 56.99, with Nkulume’s 56.99 winding up third overall. Ash ran a personal-best 57.59 and finished fifth. Her previous PR was 57.69 at sectionals last month.

Perry joins Krystal Cantey [400 in 2005, 200 in 2006], Stey’ce McNeil [55 hurdles in 2012], Torie Robinson [55-meter dash in 2014] and Gabrielle Bennett [high jump in 2015] as the fifth Winslow girl to win an individual Meet of Champions title.

In addition, Denise Mitchell [55 in 1982, 1983, 400 in 1984], Zonya Cross [55 hurdles in 1983] won M-of-C titles for Edgewood, Winslow’s precursor.

Here’s a look at all the South Jersey girls to win the indoor Meet of Champions 400-meter dash title:

1984 … Denise Mitchell [Edgewood], 55.7h
1995 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 58.14
1996 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 57.69
1999 … Nadia Davy [Bridgeton], 56.90
2003 … Okechi Ogbuokiri [Willingboro], 57.54
2005 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow], 56.93
2007 … English Gardner [Eastern], 56.29
2008 … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 55.19
2009 … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 55.74
2010 … Michelle Brown [Seneca], 55.96

Here’s the updated all-time Meet of Champions 400-meter dash list:

ALL-TIME M-OF-C 400 LIST
53.34 … Sydney McLaughlin, Union Catholic, 2016 (1)
53.72 …….. McLaughlin, 2015 (1)
54.09 … Olivia Baker, Columbia, 2014 (1)
54.72 …….. Baker, 2013 (1)
55.19 … Nijgia Snapp, Oakcrest, 2008
55.45 … Mikele Barber, Montclair, 1998 (1)
55.91 … Kaira Brown, Kent Place, 2019 (1)
55.74 …….. Snapp, 2009 (1)
55.74 … Amber Allen, Passaic Tech, 2008 (2)
55.75 … Emily Cowan, Columbia, 2014 (2)
55.7h … Denise Mitchell, Edgewood, 1984 (1)
55.83 … Kiara Lester, Deptford, 2016 (2)
55.88 … Michelle Brown, Seneca, 2009 (2)
55.95 …….. Allen, 2009 (3)
55.96 …….. Brown, 2010 (1)
56.08 … Kristen Mahon, Notre Dame, 2006 (1)
56.07 … Emily Carrollo, Pope John, 2008 (3)
56.15 … Sydney McLaughlin, Union Catholic, 2014 (3)
56.15 … Haisha Bisiolu, Union, 2015 (2)
56.19 … Nylah Perry, Winslow, 2020 (1)
56.29 … English Gardner, Eastern, 2007 (1)
56.31 … Olivia Baker, Columbia, 2012 (1)
56.38 … Michelle Samuels, Red Bank, 1990 (1)
56.40 …….. Brown, 2008 (4)
56.41 …….. Baker, 2011 (1)
56.3y … Giselle Harris, Shabazz, 1985 (1)
56.52 … Sam Anderson, Matawan, 2015 (3)
56.4y … Stephanie Saleem, Neptune, 1985 (2)
56.59 … Rebecca Ochan, Highland Park, 2019 (2)

Finally, it’s the updated all-time South Jersey list!

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
56.19 … Nylah Perry [Winslow], 2020
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
56.98 … Jade Pope [Pennsauken], 2020

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