The Clayton girls, led by the remarkable Sharpe triplets, piled up 42 points on Day 1 of the state Group 1 championships at Pennsauken.
Going into Day 2, Clayton leads Shore Regional 42-32 as the Clippers go after the first state championship in school history.
Clayton scored 22 points in the 400, with Amirah Sharpe winning at 55.99, Arianna second in a personal-best 56.58 (previous PR was 57.35) and Ariel fourth at 58.88.
Amirah won the 400-meter intermediates in 1:02.23, and Arianna won the 100 in 12.44 for 20 more points.
In 2019 – the last state meet contested – the Sharpes combined for 29 points in individual events while competing for Paulsboro, leading the Red Raiders to the state Group 1 title, 67-47, over Malcolm X Shabazz at Franklin Township. That year, Arianna won the intermediates and placed fifth in the 200, Amirah won the 800 and took third in the 400 and Ariel placed sixth in the 100.
On Saturday, Clayton has Amirah Sharpe as the No. 1 seed in the 800 and Amirah and Arianna are the No. 2 and 3 seeds in the 200, with Ariel also in the field.
And a non-Sharpe – sophomore Rayael Marshall – is the No. 3 seed in the 100-meter hurdles.
Additionally, the Clippers have a chance for big points in the two short relays. They’re the No. 1 seed in the 4-by-4 and No. 2 seed in the 4-by-100.