Before she was an Olympic silver medalist, Nia Ali was a record-setter at Pleasantville! Here’s the all-time S.J. girls 100-meter hurdles top-50 list!!!

Track and field gets no respect, I tell ya.

Fourteen years ago, future Olympian Nia Ali of Pleasantville shattered the South Jersey record in the high hurdles when she ran 13.65 at the 2006 National Scholastic Championships in Greensboro, N.C. But because it didn’t happen in South Jersey, it was treated by the local media like a non-story.

In fact, the only area paper that even mentioned the remarkable performance wrote a grand total of 26 words about her historic race and couldn’t even get the event right!  No respect!

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Ali was an All-America heptathlete at Tennessee before transferring to USC and focusing on the hurdles. She’s a two-time World Championships indoor gold medalist, an outdoor World Champion and in 2016 the Olympic silver medalist.

With her 12.34 at last year’s World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Ali is No. 9 in world history and No. 4 in U.S. history.

Ali, who grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, only attended Pleasantville for one year, but her 12.34 has stood for 14 years now as the South Jersey record. She broke the mark previously held by Nichole Hill of Oakcrest, who ran 13.72 when she won the 1997 National Scholastic Championships in Raleigh.

Here’s the all-time top-50 list. Corrections and additions hit me up in the comment’s section!

All-Time S.J. Girls 100-Meter Hurdles List

13.65 … Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006
13.67 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
13.72 … Nichole Hill [Oakcrest], 1997
13.79 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow], 2012
13.84 … Lenaami Morton [Camden], 2017
13.85 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1980
13.85 … Sherese Price [Pleasantville], 1998
13.88 … Zonya Cross [Edgewood], 1983
13.98 … Cidae’a Woods [Winslow], 2014
13.99 … Imani Gilliam [Pennsauken], 2004
13.99 … Tionna Tobias [Winslow Twp.], 2018
14.04 … Jasmine Staten [Lenape], 2016
14.05 … Jasmine Waddell [Kingsway], 2011
14.09 … Nichole Belcher [Wilson], 1992
14.11 … Jailya Ash [Eastern], 2019
14.15 … Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 2019
14.17 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
14.17 … Samantha Sharper [Wilson], 2008
14.17 … Andrea Olsen [Buena], 2013
14.20 … Alethia Jenkins [Pennsauken], 1999
14.20 … Sarah Jones [Bishop Eustace], 2018
14.23 … Yvette Murray [Edgewood], 1999
14.25 … Kris Keegan [Haddonfield], 2003
14.25 … Joshonda Johnson [Absegami], 2017
14.26 … Malea Broome [Millville], 2019
14.27 … Gabrielle Bennett [Winslow Twp.], 2015
14.27 … Imani Gilliam [Pennsauken], 2004
14.29 … Shameka Marshall [Oakcrest], 2001
14.29 … Torie Robinson [Winslow Twp.], 2013
14.30 … Lexie Fraction [Washington Twp.], 2014
14.31 … Te’seanna Harris [Camden], 2019
14.32 … Chereyse Hepburn [Oakcrest], 2000
14.32 … Jewel Ash [Eastern], 2018
14.1h … Ruth Dickey [Penns Grove], 1983
14.34 … Kayla Henry [Winslow Twp.], 2008
14.34 … Evann Thompson [Lenape], 2012
14.38 … Helen Wilks [Bridgeton], 1994
14.38 … Vanessa Arientyl [Willingboro], 2010
14.38 … Rachell Armstead [Millville], 2015
14.42 … Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], 1987
14.43 … Darlene Grant [Overbrook], 1978
14.43 … Ashley Edwards [Northern Burlington], 2014
14.44 … Sonja Bennett [Edgewood], 1986
14.44 … Jamillah Nock [Woodrow Wilson], 2004
14.44 … Keisha Williams [Camden], 2015
14.44 … Arianna Smith [Pennsville], 2019
14.46 … Arnita Green [Delsea], 1989
14.48 … Laura Boniello [Buena], 1995
14.48 … Andrea March [Washington Twp.], 2005
14.49 … Kim Allen [Willingboro], 2003
14.49 … Bryanna Craig [Millville], 2019

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