In 1981, Carol Lewis took on the world hurdles record holder while she was still in high school! And here’s the all-time girls 55HH top-50!!!

Carol Lewis wasn’t getting challenged in hurdles (or the long jump) in the handful of indoor meets available to high school girls in New Jersey back in the early 1980s.

She needed some competition to run a fast high hurdles race.

And on Jan. 23, 1981 — two days before the Eagles faced the Raiders in the Super Bowl in New Orleans – she found it.

Lewis, then a senior at Willingboro High, went to the Philadelphia Track Classic at the Spectrum to race world record holder Candy Young of Fairleigh Dickinson in an open 60-yard hurdles race.

Young won in 7.83, but Lewis wasn’t far back in 7.92. Lorri Dinello of Florida, the 1982 NCAA outdoor champion, was third in 7.99. Lewis’s time was No. 4 in U.S. history at the time.

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Lewis broke the state FAT record and her performance may have actually been the first fully automatically timed 60-yard hurdles race ever by a South Jersey girl. If there was one any earlier it was slower than 8.40.

That remained the state record until Dawn Bowles of Neptune ran 7.81 probably at the Colgate Games finals at Madison Square Garden in 1988 and her time remained the South Jersey record until future Olympic silver medalist and two-time World Champion Nia Ali of Pleasantville ran 7.89 to win the 2006 Easterns at the Armory.

All-Time South Jersey Girls 55-Meter Hurdles Top-50

7.89 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
7.89 … Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006
7.92 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1981
7.94 … Lenaami Morton [Camden], 2017
7.98 … Nichole Belcher [Woodrow Wilson], 1992
7.98 … Tionna Tobias [Winslow Twp.], 2019
8.01 … Samantha Sharper [Woodrow Wilson], 2008
8.03 … Alethia Jenkins [Pennsauken], 2000
8.03 … Jailya Ash [Eastern], 2020
8.03 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2018
8.04 … Zonya Cross [Edgewood], 1983
8.05 … Sherese Price [Pleasantville], 1998
8.06 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], 2006
8.10 … Nichole Hill [Oakcrest], 1997
8.11 … Cidae’a Woods [Winslow Twp.], 2014
8.15 … Jewel Ash [Eastern], 2020
8.17 … Torie Robinson [Winslow Twp.], 2014
8.17 … Aliya Rae Garozzo [Paul VI], 2020
8.18 … Gabrielle Bennett [Winslow Twp.], 2015
8.18 … Te’seanna Harris [Camden], 2019
8.19 … Brittany Preston [Winslow Twp,], 2016
8.22 … Jamillah Nock [Wilson], 2004
8.23 … Tierra Hooker [Timber Creek], 2019
8.24 … Malea Broome [Millville], 2019
8.26 … Jane Sharper [Woodrow Wilson], 2006
8.28 … Jasmine Staten [Lenape], 2016
8.29 … Keisha Williams [Camden], 2015
8.29 … Meredith Updike [Cinnaminson], 2020
8.30 … Joshonda Johnson [Absegami],2017
8.31 … Bryanna Craig [Millville], 2020
8.28… Kristina Keegan [Haddonfield], 2003
8.33 … Helen Wilks [Bridgeton], 1994
8.33 … Christine Lavallias [Timber Creek], 2016
8.35 … Janiayah Davis-Hines [Timber Creek], 2017
8.35 … Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], 1988
8.35 … Kayla Henry [Winslow Twp.], 2008
8.36 … Sonja Bennett [Edgewood], 1985
8.37 … Annie Taft [Bishop Eustace], 2005
8.37 … Nichole Hill [Oakcrest], 1997
8.37 … Delicia Sample [Kingsway], 2004
8.37 … Lexie Fraction [Washington Twp.], 2014
8.38 … Kimberly Allen [Willingboro], 2004
8.34 … Amani Gilliam [Pennsauken],2004
8.39 … Rachell Armstead [Millville], 2016
8.40 … Yvette Murray [Edgewood], 1999
8.40 … Francesca D’Angelo [Holy Spirit], 2008
8.40 … Shevell Higgs [Winslow Twp.], 2020
8.40 … Nylah Perry [Winslow Twp.], 2020
8.41 … Leah Ellis [Millville], 2020
8.42 … Stephanie Maugham [Shawnee], 1995
8.42 … Shameka Marshall [Oakcrest], 2001

All-Time South Jersey Girls 60-Meter Hurdles Top-10

8.36 … Nia Ali [Pleasantville], 2006
8.50 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow Twp.], 2012
8.52 … Alethia Jenkins [Pennsauken], 2000
8.62 … Lenaami Morton [Camden], 2017
8.64 … Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], 2019
8.74 … Sherese Price [Pleasantville], 1998
8.80 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1980
8.80 … Tionna Tobias [Winslow Twp.], 2019
8.82 … Jailya Ash [Eastern], 2019
8.83 … Brittany Preston [Winslow Twp.], 2016

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