Deptford’s Djassi Dean became the fastest freshman quarter-miler in New Jersey this year Friday at the Tri-County Championships at Kingsway.
Dean won the 400 in 59.06, bumping Timber Creek’s Chloe Jones as the fastest freshman in the state this spring. Jones ran 59.85 at the Camden County Championships last week at Haddon Township. They’re the only freshmen under 60 seconds this year.
There may be a meet missing, but according to the MileSplit database, this is the first official outdoor 400 Dean has ever run. She ran 1:00.49 at the Bubble but appeared to focus on the hurdles and high jump this spring until now.
Dean won the 400 by two meters over Timber Creek senior Colleen Manley, who ran a personal-best of her own with 1:01.74 for second place.
Dean’s time is fastest by a Deptford girl since Kiara Lester ran 57.01 at the 2016 Tri-County Championships at Delsea. Lester now runs for Texas Tech and qualified for this weekend’s NCAA Championshiops Regionals in the 400.
Dean also led off Deptford’s 3rd-place 400-meter relay team [52.26] and ran a 59.9 second leg on the Spartans’ 2nd-place 1,600-meter relay team [4:15.40].