Sydne Nance, a senior at New Jersey Institute of Technology from Rancocas Valley, ran an indoor 400 PR at the Metropolitan Indoor Championships Friday at Ocean Breeze.
Nance ran 57.39 and placed first of 21 runners. She finished nearly a full second ahead of 2nd-place Jazmyn Lewis of FDU, who ran 58,.23.
Her previous indoor PR was a 58.41 at the “ASUN” Championships at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in February of 2019.
Nance ran within 61-100ths of a second off the NJIT indoor school record of 56.78, set in 2017 by Elisabeth Paulina at the “ASUN” Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Nance’s overall PR is 56.92 from the spring of 2019 at the ASUN Championships in Jacksonville.
The outdoor school record at the Newark school is listed on NJIT’s web site as 57.72, but Nance ran faster than that two years ago so who knows.
What is the ASUN you may ask? I wondered the same thing, so I went to their web site – https://asunsports.org/landing/index – and it literally doesn’t say anywhere on the site what the heck ASUN stands for. I searched for 10 minutes and gave up. If you can find it, lemme know because I sure couldn’t! But at least we’ve got a Bellarmine baseball preview!
Anyway, the 3rd-place finisher in Nance’s race was St. Peter’s freshman Diamond McLaughlin, a graduate of Absegami. McLaughlin ran 58.76, breaking her indoor PR of 59.44 from last weekend at the Great Dane Classic at Ocean Breeze. Her lifetime best is 57.63 outdoors at the 2019 state Group 3 sectionals at Delsea.
In 6th was St. Peter’s freshman Jasmine Pope from Pennsauken, who ran an indoor PR 1:00.67.