Huge race Friday for Absegami senior Diamond McLaughlin, who moved into the all-time South Jersey top-25 in the intermediate hurdles.
McLaughlin won the South Jersey Group 3 400-meter intermediates at Delsea in 1:01.24, a personal best and the fastest time at the S.J. Group 3 meet in 20 years.
McLaughlin’s time is fastest at the South Jersey Group 3 meet since Danielle Myricks of Willingboro set the meet record of 1:00.1 hand-timed in 2001.
Her time is 5th-fastest in South Jersey sectional history and fastest in any group in 15 years, since Krystal Cantey won her fourth straight title in Group 4 in 1:00.12.
Here’s a look at the top 10 times in all groups in South Jersey sectional history:
1:00.12 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], SJ-4, 2005
1:00.1h … Danielle Myricks [Willingboro], SJ-3, 2001
1:00.6h … Mandie Dulin [Shawnee], SJ-4 1997
1:01.23 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], SJ-4, 2006
1:01.24 … Diamond McLaughlin [Absegami], SJ-4, 2021
1:01.2h … Katrina Sye [Buena], SJ-2, 1999
1:01.32 … Brittany Preston [Winslow Twp.], SJ-3, 2016
1:01.3h … Vernick Smith [Wilson], SJ-3, 1998
1:01.49 … Carly Pettipaw [Lenape], SJ-4, 2015
1:01.54 … Helena Leyrer [Buena], SJ-2, 2012
McLaughlin won the race by six seconds and lowered her PR from 1:01.68, which she ran last weekend at the Atlantic County Championships at Buena.
Her time is No. 25 in South Jersey history and moves her up from fifth to fourth on the all-time Atlantic County list with the fastest time in eight years.
1:00.26 … Helena Leyrer [Buena], 2012
1:00.55 … Katrina Sye [Buena], 1997
1:00.58 … Andrea Olsen [Buena], 2013
1:01.68 … Diamond McLaughlin [Absegami], 2021
1:01.42 … Natalie Edwards [Pleasantville], 1995
1:01.73 … Joshonda Johnson [Absegami], 2016
Click here for the all-time South Jersey top-50: https://sjtrackblog.com/2021/05/27/smoking-double-for-absegamis-diamond-mclaughlin-who-moves-into-the-n-j-top-10-in-two-events/
McLaughlin also PR’d in the flat 400 with a 56.99 for second behind Triton senior Neveah Lorjuste, who ran 56.98. McLaughlin’s previous 400 PR was a 57.12, also from the Atlantic County meet.
Lorjuste’s previous PR was 57.25 from the 2019 state Group 3 meet at Central Regional in Bayville. She’s Triton’s first sectional champion since Jessica Loeonaco won the South Jersey Group 3 discus in 2008 and first on the track since Claudine Evangelista won her third straight 800 title and also the 1,600 in 2000.