Huge sprint-hurdles double for Eastern’s Jailya Ash at Ocean Grove Invite!!

Eastern’s Jailya Ash won both the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Invitational, and she’s now ranked No. 1 in New Jersey in both events.

Although there’s no time schedule available on the meet’s web site, it appears the races were run consecutively. At least the results were posted five minutes apart – the 55 at 12:40 p.m. and the hurdles at 12:45 p.m. Both appear to be finals, with no trials in either event.

In the 55, Ash out-leaned Logan Daley of Holy Trinity High in Hicksville, N.Y., Ash running 7.22 and Daley 7.24.

Ash has a PR of 7.06 from when she won the 2019 Meet of Champions, but during this pandemic-shortened indoor season her time is fastest in New Jersey. Jada Ellis of Manchester ran 7.27 at the Armory back in January.

In the hurdles, Ash won easily in 8.21, well ahead of second-place Ajanae Thompson of Union Catholic, who took second in 8.59.

Ash has run as fast as 8.03 when she won last year’s Meet of Champions, but obviously she ran as fast as she needed to to pull off the challenging double. She ran 8.19 earlier this year at the Bubble, the No. 1 mark in New Jersey this year.


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