Tiny Clayton, one of the smallest schools in the state, took over the top of the South Jersey performance list in the girls sprint medley Friday night with a 4:09.46 at Cherokee.
The time is No. 3 in the state this year, behind powerhouse programs Colts Neck [4:06.03] and Union Catholic [4:08.12].
It’s the fastest time ever by a South Jersey Group 1 school and the fastest by any New Jersey Group 1 school in at least 20 years and most likely ever. That will take some additional research.
It’s https://sjtrackblog.com/2020/05/30/how-a-south-jersey-record-got-faster-after-the-race-ended-and-the-all-time-girls-sprint-medley-top-50/ and No. 3 in Gloucester County history and less than 1 1/2 seconds off the Gloucester County record.
4:08.08 … Kingsway, 2017 [New Balance Nationals]
4:08.27 … Washington Twp., 2007 [East Coast Relays]
4:09.46 … Clayton, 2021 [Cherokee Relays]
4:10.0h … Williamstown, 1979 [Woodbury Relays]
4:11.76 … Washington Twp., 1999 [East Coast Relays]
The results show Skylah Surran, Rafael Marshall, Tori Millward and Mirrah Perdue running for Clayton but presumably the three Sharpe sisters were actually on the track – Amirah, Arianna and Ariel.
Amirah Sharpe ran 2:15.05 while she was at Paulsboro in 2018, so she was the most likely anchor. Arianna 57.47 earlier this spring so we’re guessing she ran the 400. So our best guess is that Ariel ran one of the 200s, possibly with Surran, Marshall, Millward or Perdue.
If you know who actually ran the four legs, please let us know in the comments section so we can get the names right!
Clayton was the only school in the race under 4:18.
The Clippers’ 400 runner split 56.22 and their anchor was credited with a 2:19.14 off a 62.17 first lap.
Until this race, the fastest sprint medley on record for Clayton in MileSplit’s database – which goes back 20 years – was a 4:45.62 at the 2015 Woodbury Relays.
The three Sharpe sisters attended Paulsboro through the end of last year and transferred to Clayton at some point between the end of the 2020 spring season until the start of this year’s spring season.