Eastern senior Jailya Ash, twice an indoor Meet of Champions winner, won her first outdoor Meet of Champions title Saturday, and she did it in dramatic fashion.
Ash ran 14.02 in the 100-meter hurdles to edge Union Catholic sophomore Ajanea Thompson by 1-100th of a second.
Ash lowered her PR from 14.10, which she ran to win the state Group 4 title last weekend.
Indoors, Ash won the 55 at the 2019 Meet of Champions at the Bubble and the high hurdles at the 2020 M-of-C at Ocean Grove.
Her 14.02 is No. 12 in South Jersey history and 7th-fastest by a South Jersey girl at the Meet of Champions.
She’s the second girl from Eastern to win an outdoor Meet of Champions title. Olympic gold medalist English Gardner won the 100 in 2007 and 2008 and the 200 in 2008.
Ash ran 14.44 in the trials, third-fastest of the eight hurdlers who advanced.
Ash came back to place seventh in the 100 about five minutes later and took seventh in 12.20.