Clayton senior Amirah Sharpe ran her first 800 in two years on Thursday and turned in one of the fastest times in the state this year.
Sharpe won the 800 at the Cherokee Last Chance 2021 in 2:15.29, just a fraction of a second off her lifetime PR of 2:15.05 from when she won the state Group 1 title for Clayton at Franklin High School in June of 2018.
She repeated her state Group 1 win in 2019 in 2:15.84 before focusing on other events in the winter of 2020. After the 2020 outdoor season was cancelled, she ran very fast this past indoor season at everything from the 55-meter dash up to the 600 but didn’t run any 800s.
And she’s focused on other events this spring, running 12.84 for 100 meters, 24.35 for 200, 55.16 for 400 and 1:01.63 for the intermediates before finally finding an 800 that made sense and nearly PR’ing.
Her time is No. 12 in the state this spring and No. 2 in South Jersey, behind only Haddonfield senior Lindsay Colflesh, who ran 2:13.72 at the Camden County Championships at Haddon Township two weeks ago.
And here’s a rarity – Sharpe now owns the school record in the 800 at two different schools.
Sharpe ranks No. 1 in New Jersey this year in the 200, No. 2 in the 400 and intermediates and No. 12 in the 800. That’s remarkable range. And 12.84 in her only 100.
Delsea senior Carly Nicholson was second in 2:18.91