Talk about a breakthrough race.
Washington Township sophomore Dylan Giloley lowered her 100-meter dash PR more than a third of a second Saturday at Cherokee and recorded the fastest time this year by a South Jersey sprinter.
Giloley won the 100 at Fast Times at Cherokee High in 12.39, leading Cherokee sophomore Madison Van Haren and Atlantic County Tech senior Amiyah Stephens under 13 seconds as well. Van Haren ran 12.54 and Stephens 12.86.
Giloley had a promising freshman year and showed great range, placing 3rd in the 100 at Group 4 sectionals with a PR of 12.77, 3rd in the Olympic Conference meet at 200 meters in 26.19 and 6th in the Olympic Conference meet at 400 meters in 1:00.04.
She ranked 9th in the state among freshmen in the 100, 10th in the 200 and 15th in the 400.
And this was a significant breakthrough in Year 2.
Giloley, who did not run indoors this year, is now No. 2 in the state in the 100, behind only Howell senior Laura Gugliotta, who ran 12.33 at the A-North Divisional meet at her home track last weekend. Gugliotta won the state Group 4 title at 400 meters indoors.
It looks like Giloley is 3rd-fastest ever at Washington Township in the 100, behind only Jackie Dim, who ran 12.11 at the 2007 Group 4 sectionals at Egg Harbor, and Latoya Benson, who ran 12.18 at the 2000 state Group 4 meet at South Plainfield.
She’s the fastest Gloucester County sophomore since Iyanla Kollock of Our Lady of Mercy ran 12.31 to win the 2016 Cape-Atlantic League Championships at Bridgeton. Kollock later ran for Rutgers.
Interesting to note that 4th-place finisher Miyana Johnson, a Clayton freshman, ran 13.02 in her first lifetime 100. Johnson, 3rd in the 55 indoors at the state Group 1 meet, has the fastest time in the state this spring by a freshman.