Eastern’s Jewel Ash goes sub-60 in 400IH and wins Big South title!!!

Jewel Ash broke the one-minute barrier in the intermediate hurdles for the first time this weekend.

And became a conference champion along the way.

Ash, a South Charleston freshman from Eastern Regional High school, ran 59.50 at the Big South Championships at Vert Stadium on Saturday on the campus of High Point (N.C.) University.

She won the conference title by nearly a second over High Point sophomore Nyile Facey, who was second in 1:01.37.

That time gives Ash a No. 59 ranking on the IAAF’s 2021 U.S. women’s performance list.

Ash’s previous PR was 1:00.01 on April 16 Georgia Tech Invitational and before that 1:01.46, which she ran at the 2019 Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington and then matched in March in a meet in Columbia, S.C.

Ash’s time is No. 2 in school history, behind only Dotrine’ Jacobs, who ran 59.52 at the 2014 Florida Relays.

Ash also ran 14.56 in the high hurdles trials but missed advancing to the finals by 6-100ths of a second, despite the 5th-fastest time in the trials.

She also ran legs on the winning 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams, which ran 45.93 and 3:47.34.

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