Nice double Tuesday night for Burlington City junior Ny’era Hand-Brooks in the first two events of the final SJTCA meet of the year.
Hand-Brooks ran a personal-best 8.89 in the 55-meter hurdles Tuesday night at the Bubble in Toms River and followed that up just a few minutes later with a PR 7.57 in the 55-meter dash.
Brooks hurdles time is fastest this year in all of New Jersey Group 1, and her 55 time is 3rd-fastest, behind Kennedy Pitts of McNair Academic, who ran 7.45 last month at the Jersey City Armory, and Haddon Township junior Lilli Santomauro, who won the South Jersey Group 1 sectional ahead of Hand-Brooks last weekend.
Overall, she now ranks No. 6 in South Jersey in the hurdles and No. 12 in the 55.
Hand-Brooks’ previous 55 PR was a 7.74 in the sectional trials at the Bubble last weekend, and her hurdles PR was 9.03 at sectionals in the final.
Hand-Brooks also placed 2nd in the 200 in 26.85 – a personal best because it’s the first time she’s run it indoors.
Hand-Brooks was sectional 200 champ as a sophomore 1st-year competitor last spring and also placed 2nd at sectionals in the 100 and 100 hurdles.