Some of South Jersey’s fastest quarter-milers got together at Franklin Field this weekend with some pretty fast results.
The occasion was the inaugural Penn Relays Summer Series meet at Franklin Field in West Philly.
Part of the meet, including the 400, was held Saturday evening and after a long rain delay Saturday, the rest was held Sunday morning.
In the women’s 400, Djassi Dean, who just finished her freshman year at Deptford, ran 58.38 to hold off Janelle Marshall, who recently finished her sophomore year at Winslow Township. Marshall ran 58.54.
Chloe Jones, who was a freshman this past season at Timber Creek, ran 59.53 for third and Dahlia Beasley, a freshman this spring at Washington Township, also dipped under 60 seconds with a 59.81 for fourth.
Dean’s winning time is her second-fastest, behind only her 57.97 PR at Group 3 sectionals at Delsea. Marshall lowered her PR from 58.61 from the Olympic Conference Championships at Washington Township, Jones lowered her PR from 59.80 from the Cherokee Last Chance Meet in May, and Beasley ran her fastest FAT 400 (she ran a hand-timed 59.1 in a dual meet).
Dean was the No. 1 freshman quarter-miler in New Jersey this past season, and Jones and Beasley were also in the top 10. Marshall was the No. 2 sophomore.
All four raced at Penn for the Camden Track Club.