Eastern’s Jailya Ash runs all-time S.J. #6 in 60 hurdles at adidas Nationals!

Eastern’s Jailya Ash opened her senior season Saturday morning by advancing in the high hurdles at the adidas Indoor Nationals in Virginia Beach.

In her first race in a year, Ash auto advanced to Sunday’s semifinals by placing second in her qualifying heat in 8.74. The top two hurdlers in each of five heats and the next 14-fastest advanced.

Ash’s previous PR over the 60-meter indoor Barries was an 8.82 in 2019 at the Bullis Invitational at the 168th Street Armory, and her 8.74 is tied for 6th-fastest in South Jersey history. The 55-meter distance is usually run for high school meets, and Ash has a 55 hurdles PR of 8.03, which is tied for No. 8 in South Jersey history.

This is Ash’s first meet since she won the Meet of Champions with that 8.03 last March at Ocean Breeze. Ash was 3rd in the 100 at a the 2019 outdoor Meet of Champions in 11.90. The versatile Ash, who is headed for U. Conn, also won the 2019 indoor Meet of Champions at 55 meters with a 7.06.

Ash will race in the hurdles semis at 9:40 a.m. Sunday. The final is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. Sunday.

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
8.74 … Jailya Ash [Eastern], 2021
8.80 … Carol Lewis [Willingboro], 1980
8.80 … Tionna Tobias [Winslow Twp.], 2019
8.83 … Brittany Preston [Winslow Twp.], 2016

EDIT: Ash just ran 7.85 to qualify for the 60-meter dash semifinals as well.

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