A national record for the Edgewood girls and the all-time S.J. shuttle hurdles top-50!!!!!

When the Edgewood girls ran 59.00 in the shuttle hurdles 21 years ago, they didn’t just set the South Jersey record. And they didn’t just set the state record.

No, Yvette Murry, Kierra Clemons, Pam Richardson and Dennean Davis also set the national record.

Edgewood and Pennsauken went 1-2 in the shuttles at the 1999 East Coast Relays at Morristown High School, becoming the first schools in South Jersey history – and the only ones until last spring – to break 60 seconds.

Edgewood broke the South Jersey record of 1:01.94 that it set a year earlier at the 1998 East Coast Relays (with Lanae Thomas, Christina Matthews, Ohlaysha Gonzalez and Davis) and broke the state (and meet) record of 1:00.22 set by Notre Dame at the 1997 East Coast Relays on the same track. Edgewood broke the national record of 59.2 set in 1997 by William Penn of Philadelphia.

Pennsauken, with the team of Alethia Jenkins, Thananya Wooden, Sheena Ohlig and Sophie Solomon, placed second in 59.52, which was No. 2 in state history and also top-10 in U.S. history at the time.

And a shoutout to the 1994 Moorestown team, which ran 1:02.0 at the Long Branch Relays. The only results from the 1994 Long Branch Relays I found are in the Asbury Park Press, but they didn’t list any names from the winning teams. We know Shatich Rivers and Shavonna Ross were two of the legs. Who else ran that day 26 years ago for the Quakers?

That’s the only mark in the top 50 that pre-dates 1999, and it’s still No. 14 in South Jersey history. And as of the end of the 1994 season, it was the only South Jersey mark in the all-time New Jersey top-40.

And finally a tip of the hat to Eastern’s team from last spring, which ran 59.52 at the Don Danser Relays at Lenape, No. 2 in South Jersey history and fastest in 20 years, with the team of Jailya Ash, Jewel Ash, Abigail Brocco and Analiese Bulgin.

(One mystery is where William Penn ran its 59.2 in 1997. The 1998 U.S. Track Annual says it was April 22 in Philadelphia – that’s the week before Penn. A search of the Inquirer’s database turns up nothing.)

All-Time S.J. Girls Outdoor Shuttle Hurdles Top-50

59.00 … Edgewood, 1999
59.52 … Eastern, 2019
59.85 … Pennsauken, 1999
1:00.14 … Buena, 2012
1:00.18 … Winslow Twp., 2014
1:00.46 … Winslow Twp., 2013
1:01.17 … Woodrow Wilson, 2002
1:01.38 … Winslow Twp., 2017
1:01.58 … Millville, 2019
1:01.68 … Winslow Twp., 2002
1:01.6h … Woodrow Wilson, 2005
1:01.82 … Winslow Twp., 2012
1:01.94 … Edgewood, 1998
1:02.0h … Moorestown, 1994
1:02.1h … Willingboro, 1997
1:02.16 … Wilson, 2003
1:02.17 … Winslow Twp., 2015
1:02.51 … Mainland Regional, 2018
1:02.53 … Lenape, 2008
1:02.59 … Paul VI, 2018
1:02.68 … Mainland Reg., 2018
1:02.83 … Buena Reg., 2013
1:02.86 … Edgewood, 2001
1:03.23 … Willingboro, 2019
1:03.49 … Rancocas Valley, 2019
1:03.53 … Winslow Twp., 2019
1:03.62 … Absegami, 2017
1:03.70 … Lenape, 2008
1:03.73 … Highland, 1998
1:03.73 … Absegami, 2016
1:03.79 … Camden, 2015
1:03.7h … Pennsauken, 2000
1:04.07 … Lenape, 2007
1:01.4h … Woodrow Wilson, 2004
1:04.22 … Edgewood, 1997
1:04.24 … Burlington Twp., 2007
1:04.24 … Winslow Twp., 2008
1:04.26 … Woodrow Wilson, 2001
1:04.30 … Millville, 2012
1:04.51 … Lenape, 2015
1:04.68 … West Deptford, 2016
1:04.85 … Winslow Twp., 2010
1:04.98 … Winslow Twp., 2009
1:05.0h … Bridgeton, 2004
1:05.24 … Millville, 2008
1:05.26 … Willingboro, 1997
1:05.2h … Buena, 2004
1:05.37 … Williamstown, 2012
1:05.3h … Ocean City, 1998
1:05.3h … Willingboro, 2002
1:05.49 … Pleasantville, 1998
1:05.49 … Camden, 2016

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