Eastern senior Jailya Ash recorded a fast double at the Olympic Conference Championships Wednesday, winning the 100-meter dash in 12.45 and the 100-meter hurdles in 14.29 at Washington Township.
She’s the first Eastern girl to win the conference title in the 100 since Olympic gold medalist English Gardner in 2010 and the first to win the high hurdles since Tiffany Riggs in 1993. She’s the first Eastern girl to win two events at the conference meet since Trina Ragsdale won the high hurdles in 14.4 and the long jump at 17-1 1/2 in 1990.
The only other girls to double the 100 and 100 hurdles in the last 30 years are Winslow’s Cidae’a Woods in 2014 (12.06, 14.16) and Wilson’s Jamillah Nock in 2003 (11.8, 14.0). Nock was actually credited with a tie for first in the 100 with Cherokee’s Ariel Brockman.
Ash is already No. 1 in New Jersey this spring with a 14.28 in the high hurdles and No. 6 in New Jersey and No. 2 in New Jersey in the 100 at 12.14. She didn’t run the 200 Wednesday but has run 25.04 this spring, which is No. 8 in the state and No. 4 in South Jersey.