Egg Harbor senior Lauren Princz took advantage of some nice hot summer weather conducive to sprinting to run the fastest 100 in the state this year and the 4th-fastest 200.
Princz, a two-time Meet of Champions winner, won the 100 in 11.99 and the 200 in 24.68 in a dual meet Tuesday at EHT. Even though it was a dual meet, fully automatic timing was used, courtesy of Tomahawk Timing.
Princz’s 100 time is only 18-100ths of a second off her lifetime best of 11.81, which she ran in 2018 when she won the national freshman 100 title in Greensboro. It’s her first FAT 100 since 2019 Nationals, when she ran 12.00.
The previous-fastest 100 time in the state this year was a 12.08 that Joy Enaohwo of Union ran at the Union County Championships at Governor Livingston in Berkeley Heights this past weekend.
In the 200, Princz’s unpressed 24.68 trails only Julia Jackson of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, who ran 24.42 at the Union County meet, and Clayton twins Amirah and Arianna Sharpe, who ran 24.65 and 24.66 in what was technically a scrimmage – an outdoor meet held before the start of the season – at Underhill Field in Maplewood in March. They may have still been attending Paulsboro at that point. They competed unattached and it’s not known when they transferred.
The Penn State-bound Princz’s 200 PR is 23.90 from her Meet of Champions win at Northern Burlington in June of 2018.
Princz, like everyone else, had her 2020 outdoor season wiped out because of the COVID shutdown and she didn’t race this past indoor season, so this was her first true elite performance since the 2020 indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze in March of 2020, where she ran a PR 6.98 to win the 55 and an indoor PR 24.83 to place second in the 200.
Second in the 100 Tuesday was teammate Mariah Stephens, who ran 12.83, and second in the 200 was Amiyah Stephens, who ran 26.60.