Smoking double for Absegami’s Diamond McLaughlin, who moves into N.J. top-10 in two events!!!

Absegami senior Diamond McLaughlin recorded a fantastic double Thursday at the Atlantic County Championships, running big PRs in winning both the 400 and 400 intermediates.

McLaughlin won the 400 in 57.12, lowering her PR from 57.63 from 2018 Group 3 sectionals at Delsea, and she won the intermediates in 1:01.68, a huge drop from her previous PR of 1:04.00 from the same sectional meet.

Her 400 time is No. 7 in New Jersey this year and No. 2 among South Jersey girls, behind only Clayton’s Amirah Sharpe, who ran 55.16 in April at the Metuchen Relays.

It’s No. 10 in Atlantic County history and about half a second off the school record of 56.61 set at the 2016 Group 3 sectionals at Central Regional by Joshonda Johnson.

Here’s the all-time Atlantic County top-10:

53.64 … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 2008
54.51 … Katrina Sye [Buena], 1998
55.6h … Jeanette Palmer [Oakcrest], 1982
55.78 … Andrea Olsen [Buena Reg.], 2013
56.05 … Marcene Jack [Mainland Reg.], 2004
56.36 … Ajae Alvare-Tyler [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2008
56.61 … Joshonda Johnson [Absegami], 2016
56.94 … Ariyana Wilkes [Holy Spirit], 2017
57.11 … Maya Harper [Pleasantville], 2019
57.12 … Diamond McLaughlin [Absegami], 2021

McLaughlin’s 400IH time is No. 3 in the state this year, behind only Adelaide Asante of North Brunswick (1:01.13) and Sharpe (1:01.63), who both recorded those times in a meet at Thomas Edison Park in Edison last weekend.

McLaughlin’s intermediate hurdles time is No. 5 in Atlantic County history and fastest in eight years, since Andre Olsen of Buena ran 1:00.58 at the state Group 3 meet at South Plainfield in 2013. She broke the school record of 1:01.73 – set by Johnson at that same 2016 sectionals by 5-100ths of a second.

Here’s a look at all the Atlantic County girls who’ve run sub 62 seconds for the intermediates:

1:00.26 … Helena Leyrer [Buena], 2012
1:00.55 … Katrina Sye [Buena], 1997
1:00.58 … Andrea Olsen [Buena], 2013
1:01.42 … Natalie Edwards [Pleasantville], 1995
1:01.68 … Diamond McLaughlin [Absegami], 2021
1:01.73 … Joshonda Johnson [Absegami], 2016

Click here for the entire all-time South Jersey top-50.

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