The Sharpe sisters, now competing for Clayton, opened the spring season with some fast 400-meter dashes.
Seniors Amirah Sharpe ran 55.16, Arianna Sharpe ran 57.47 and Ariel Sharpe 58.97 at the Metuchen Relays Saturday.
Amirah’s time is No. 16 in South Jersey history and 3rd-fastest ever by a Gloucester County runner, behind Dana Burnett of Williamstown [53.51 in 1996] and Audrey Wilson of Deptford [54.62 in 2008].
It’s also the 2nd-fastest ever by a runner from a New Jersey Group 1 school, behind only a 54.75 by Faleesha Dowe of Pennsauken Grove at the 2014 state meet in South Plainfield.
Amirah Sharpe’s previous PR was an indoor 56.84 last month in Virginia Beach and her outdoor PR was 58.15 from Group 1 states in 2019.
All three Sharpe sisters attended Paulsboro High School through at least last spring. They competed unattached at various winter meets and their performances were credited to Paulsboro High School, alma mater of their father Fred Sharpe, star of the 1997 Meet of Champions. They may however have been attending Clayton at that point.
In any case, Arianna Sharpe lowered her PR from 57.62, which she ran in the spring of 2018 at the state Group 1 meet at Washington Township, and Ariel Sharpe lowered her PR from 1:00.42, which she ran in the spring of 2018 in a meet at Pennsauken.
Julia Jackson of Scotch-Plains won the race in 54.98. Another Clayton girl, Erica Thomas, ran 68.41, so the Clippers have the legs to go sub-4:00 in a 4-by-4. Paulsboro ran 3:55.54 in 2018 with the Sharpe sisters and Christina Franks.
It looks like Clayton’s previous school record was a 57.98 by Jewel Brown when she was second to Brianna Crofton of Delsea at the 2011 Gloucester County Championships at Delsea. Now that’s No. 3.