Recalling a record-setting Eastern sprint relay team that did not include English Gardner! And the all-time S.J. 4×1 top-50!!!

When you look back at Eastern’s long-standing South Jersey record in the 400-meter relay, it’s easy to assume the team was anchored by future Olympic gold medalist English Gardner.

It wasn’t.

Eastern set the South Jersey 4-by-100 mark in 2003, four years before Gardner’s freshman year.

Which makes Eastern’s 46.87 more impressive. It wasn’t just three anonymous girls and a future Olympian. It was four really fast girls.

Eastern set the South Jersey 400-meter relay standard of 46.87 in the trials of the 2003 adidas Outdoor Nationals in Raleigh, N.C., with the team of seniors Brittany Wright, Jennifer Jackson, Kaliyma Barkley and Jenelle Wilson.

Eastern ran a little slower in the finals, but that 46.87 has held up for 17 years now as the South Jersey record.

The Vikings that day broke the mark of 46.9 that Willingboro ran at the state Group 4 met in Piscataway in 1980 that stood for 23 years. The closest anybody has gotten since is Winslow in 2017 with a 46.98 at nationals in Greensboro – also in the prelims.

Eastern’s time to this day is No. 6 in state history, behind Montclair [45.50 in 1998], Columbia [45.89 in 2010], Trenton [46.08 in 1984], Franklin [46.42 in 2003] and Piscataway [46.84 in 2014].

As always, please forward corrections and additions to me in the comment’s section!

All-Time South Jersey Girls 400-Meter Relay Top-50

46.87 … Eastern, 2003
46.98 … Winslow Twp., 2017
46.9h … Willingboro, 1980
47.06 … Winslow Twp., 2014
47.18 … Winslow Twp., 2013
47.19 … Winslow Twp., 2018
47.25 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2018
47.27 … Delsea, 2017
47.36 … Eastern, 2019
47.40 … Winslow Twp., 2016
47.3h … Willingboro, 1981
47.45 … Willingboro, 1994
47.49 … Rancocas Valley, 2017
47.53 … Millville, 2019
47.53 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
47.54 … Winslow Twp., 2003
47.54 … Rancocas Valley, 2018
47.4h … Camden,, 1978
47.4y … Camden, 1979
47.75 … Eastern, 2002
47.76 … Winslow Twp., 2005
47.76 … Winslow Twp., 2012
47.82 … Moorestown, 2000
47.85 … Deptford, 2015
47.87 … Winslow Twp., 2011
47.9h … Willingboro, 1995
47.8h … Willingboro, 2003
47.94 … Camden, 2000
47.98 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2019
48.0h … Camden, 1995
48.0h … Wilson, 2008
48.03 … Penns Grove, 2014
48.07 … Camden, 2006
48.07 … Winslow Twp., 2019
48.08 … Winslow Twp., 2004
48.08 … Willingboro, 2009
48.1h … Willingboro, 1979
48.12 … Washington Twp., 2001
48.14 … Camden, 1997
48.18 … Millville, 2018
48.23 … Wilson, 2006
48.23 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2015
48.24 … Camden, 2008
48.24 … Woodrow Wilson, 2007
48.25 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2014
48.27 … Camden, 2015
48.28 … Cherry Hill East, 2017
48.29 … Moorestown, 1999
48.32 … Woodrow Wilson, 2002
48.33 … Woodrow Wilson, 2005
48.33 … Paul VI, 2018

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