Turnersville’s Kami Joe Hickson, a University of Maryland freshman, ran 2:13.14 Saturday in her first college 800, placing fourth at the Penn State Invittional in State College.
Hickson finished just behind Penn State freshman Victoria Vanriele, who won eight straight N.J. indoor or outdoor Meet of Champions 800s while at Governor Livingston High in Berkeley Heights. Vanriele ran 2:08.45 in her first collegiate 800. Her high school PRs were 2:07.24 indoors and 2:05.15 outdoors.
Saturday’s race was Hickson’s first 800 since last March 1, when she was 4th in the PTFCA indoor states, also at Penn State.
Hickson attended Washington Township High through indoor season of her sophomore year. She ran 2:12.72 as a freshman at the 2017 outdoor state meet, No. 3 in South Jersey indoor history. She was the state Group 4 800 champ as a freshman with a 2:14.99 at the Bennett Center.
She transferred to Neumann Goretti High in South Philly before sophomore outdoor season, and her indoor PR is 2:08.58 from 2019 New Balance Nationals at the Armory in New York, when she placed eighth.
She ran 1:36.23 in a 600 last weekend in her first college race, also at Penn State.
Hickson is the daughter of Don Hickson, who played football and ran track at Highland and played football at Georgia.
Hickson was the 1990 Group 3 indoor state champ in the 55-meter high hurdles in 7.3 and was fourth in the Meet of Champions and then placed third outdoors in Group 3 in the 110-meter highs in 14.2. Hickson’s brother Brandon played basketball at Highland.