Willingboro senior Tamia Welch, a sectional champ in two events and a state relay champ, has had a busy spring.
Even without track.
Although COVID-19 wiped out the spring track season in New Jersey, Welch was very busy and very productive this past weekend with something far more important.
Welch-Smith organized a peaceful march through Willingboro Tuesday that drew over 1,000 men, women and children to protest the killing last week of George Floyd while unarmed and in policy custody in Minneapolis.
What a amazing job by Tamia organizing the march and the rally!
Great story in the Burlington County Times about the event: https://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/20200602/watch-peaceful-protestors-call-for-change-in-willingboro
Smith was a sectional champ this past winter, winning the Central Jersey Group 1 400-meter dash with an indoor PR of 1:00.33 before placing second at states at 1:00.79. Welch-Smith also placed second in the 55-meter high hurdles in 8.78 before taking third at states in a PR 8.74. She was also a 5-2 high jumper. She also ran on Willingboro’s first-place 1,600-meter relay team. The Willingboro girls won team titles at both indoor sectionals and states.
At the state relays, she was on Willingboro’s winning shuttle hurdles and 1,600-meter relay teams, and Willingboro won the team title.
Last spring, Welch won the CJ-1 sectional title in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at 1:05.39 as the Chimeras won the team title, and she also placed third at states. She also medaled in the 400 at both sectionals and states.
Welch will attend St. Peter’s University in Newark and compete for the Peacocks.