Clayton senior Amirah Sharpe ran the fastest 200 in the state this year Friday and twin sister Arianna Sharpe wasn’t far behind.
Amirah Sharpe won the 200 at the Tri-County Conference Championships at Kingsway in 24.35, the fastest time in the state this year and Arianna was second in 24.43, which is No. 3 in the state this spring, just behind No. 2 Julia Jackson of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, who ran 24.42 last weekend at the Union County Championships. Ariel Sharpe ran 25.82 for fourth.
The 24.35 and 24.43 are both personal bests. Amirah’s previous PR for 200 meters was 24.65 in March at Underhill Field in Maplewood, and Arianna’s previous PR was 24.66, also at Maplewood.
Amirah Sharpe’s 24.35 is 19 in South Jersey history and No. 5 in Gloucester County history. Arianna’s 24.43 is No. 21 in South Jersey history and No. 7 in Gloucester County history.
Arianna Sharpe won the 100 in a huge PR of 12.29, which is New Jersey No. 7 and South Jersey No. 2, behind only Eastern senior Jailya Ash, who ran 12.23 at the Camden County Championships earlier this month at Haddon Township. Her previous 100 PR was 12.70 in March in Maplewood.
Six other girls ran sub 12.90 in a very fast 100 race: Delsea junior Juline Nwosu was second in a PR 12.68, followed by Penns Grove senior [PR 12.71], Deptford senior Olivia Carter [PR 12.72], Timber Creek freshmen Chloe and Naylah Jones [PRs of 12.75 and 12.83] and Clayton senior Ariel Sharpe [12.87].
The three Sharpe sisters along with Kelsey Thomas also won the 400-meter relay in a meet-record 48.72 in a close finish with Delsea, which ran 48.85. Clayton’s time is No. 4 in the state this year. Delsea is already No. 5 with its 48.73 last week at Pennsauken. They’re No. 1 and 2 in South Jersey this year.
Clayton’s 48.72 is fastest by any South Jersey Group 1 school since Penns Grove ran 48.03 for third place at the 2014 Meet of Champions at South Plainfield.
Amirah Sharpe, who has run 55.16 for the 400, 2:15.05 for the 800 and 1:01.74 in the 400 intermediates, did not run any of those events Friday.
Here’s the complete all-time South Jersey 200-meter dash list: https://sjtrackblog.com/2020/05/01/sorting-out-the-s-j-200-meter-dash-record-and-the-entire-all-time-girls-outdoor-200-top-50-list/
Here’s a look at the all-time Gloucester County top-10 in the 100:
ALL-TIME GLOUCESTER COUNTY 100-METER DASH TOP-10
23.90 … Denise Liles [Kingsway], 1984
24.19 … Bria Mack [Williamstown], 2017
24.21 … Audrey Wilson [Deptford], 2006
24.32 … Kiara Lester [Deptford], 2015
24.35 … Amirah Sharpe [Clayton], 2021
24.42 … Dana Burnett [Williamstown], 1996
24.43 … Arianna Sharpe [Clayton], 2021
24.45 … Cecelia Gerstenbacher [Delsea], 2017
24.71 … Jackie Dim [Washington Twp.], 2007
24.85 … Latoya Benson [Washington Twp.], 2001