Historic performance by Cinnaminson’s Shelby Sills at County Open!!!

The Cinnaminson girls program has had plenty of terrific performances at the Burlington County Open over the years going back to Beth Johnson in 1983. Johnson won the long jump and placed fourth in the 200 at the 1983 County Open.

But no Cinnaminson girl has ever done what Shelby Sills did on Saturday at this year’s County Open.

Sills became the third Cinnaminson girl to record a double county win but the first ever to also pick up a second place. And she recorded two of them!

With two firsts and two seconds, Sills’ 36 points are the most ever by a Cinnaminson girl since the girls County Open began in 1978 and among the most points ever scored in meet history.

On Saturday at Rancocas Valley, Sills won the 100 in 12.55 and the high jump at 5-2 and placed second in the 200 in 26.08 and  in the triple jump at 34-9 3/4.

The 100 and 200 times were PRs, the high jump matched her PR and the triple jump was just 2 1/2 inches off her PR of 35-0 1/4, set last weekend at the BCSL meet at Pennsauken.

Sills ranks No. 5 in South Jersey in the 100, No. 9 in the 200, No. 5 in the high jump and No. 8 in the triple jump. In New Jersey Group 2, she’s No. 3 in the 100, No. 6 in the 200, tied for No. 5 in the high jump and No. 4 in the triple jump.

In the 100, Sills was running just behind R.V.’s Sheriyah Nutt when Nutt pulled up with an injury halfway down the track. Sills then held off Shawnee soph Dianna DeMarco (12.67) for the win. She’s the first Cinnaminson girl to ever win a County Open 100.

Sills became the first Cinnaminson girl to win a county high jump title since Kristen Tricocci, who won in 2002 at 5-2 and 2003 at 5-4. Sills previously cleared 5-2 at the 2019 BCSL meet in Willingboro and at four different meets at the Bubble during the 2020 indoor season.

In the 200, Sills lowered her PR from a 26.54 at the Bubble in the winter of 2020, placing second to Burlington Township senior Jasmine Broadway, who ran 25.69.

And in the triple, Sills finished six inches behind Rancocas Valley senior Rachel Satchell, who won the event on her final attempt.

The best previous performance by a Cinnaminson girl at the County Open was two wins and a third. Tricocci did that in 2003 (5-4 HJ win, 17-5 1/4 LJ win, 16.25 for 3rd in HH) and Meredith Updike matched it in 2017 (15.65 HH win, 1:05.77 IH win, 16-6 1/4 3rd in LJ).

 Sills’ 36 individual points would have placed her seventh as a team. As it is, Cinnaminson placed fourth with 57 points, with Sills accounting for 63 percent of the Pirates’ points.

Here’s a look at every Cinnaminson County Open winner:

1983 … Beth Johnson (long jupm) 16-11 ¾
1988 … Laura Flynn (1,600) 5:24.6 
1993 … Tricia Anderson (javelin) 107-  5 
1994 … Tricia Anderson (javelin) 107-  4
2002 … Kristen Tricocci (high jump), 5-2
2003 … Kristen Tricocci (high jump), 5-4
2002 … Kristen Tricocci (long jump) 17- 2
2003 … Kristen Tricocci (long jump) 17- 5 ¼ 
2006 … Allison Vetter (javelin), 128-0
2009 … Jenna Niedermayer (triple jump) 34-31/4
2011 … Meghan Malloy (1,600) 5:17.46
2012 … Faith Blamon (javelin) 131-  1
2017 … Meredith Updike (100 hurdles), 15.65
2017 … Meredith Updike (400 hurdles), 1:05.77
2018 … Meredith Updike (100 hurdles) 15.80
2019 … Meredith Updike (100 hurdles) 14.59 
2021 … Shelby Sills (100), 12.55
2021 … Shelby Sills (high jump), 5-2


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