Eastern grad Jewel Ash runs U.S. #17 time in 400 hurdles in Big South trials!!!!!!!!!!

Eastern graduate Jewel Ash, a sophomore at Charleston Southern, ran another 400-meter intermediate hurdles PR Monday and broke the meet record at the Big South Conference Championships.

Ash ran 57.16 in the trials at Vert Stadium at High Point (N.C.) University, shattering the meet record of 57.86 set in 2013 by Jessica Gelibert of Coastal Carolina in Lynchburg, Va.

Her time is No. 13 in NCAA Division 1 this year and No. 17 among U.S. women . It’s also 7th-fastest ever by a woman from New Jersey (see list below).

Ash lowered her PR and school record from 57.43, which she ran last month in Columbia, S.C.

Ash ran 59.50 as a freshman and won the Big South title with a 1:00.51.

This spring, she dipped under 60 seconds for the first time at the Raleigh Relays in March, then lowered her best time to 58.83 at the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro in early April and then to 57.43 in Columbia.

In Mondays trials, the only other hurdlers under 60 seconds were Campbell sophomore Chastity Pickett, who ran 58.73, and Howard sophomore Dejah Grant, who ran 59.82 to win the first of two semis.

The final is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday.

Ash’s time is less than half a second off the standard to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials scheduled for June 23-26 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Here’s a look at the fastest intermediate hurdlers in history hailing from New Jersey:

52.23 … Sydney McLaughlin [Union Catholic], Oct. 4, 2019, Doha, Qatar
55.78 … Tonya Lee [Rancocas Valley], April 21, 1996, Walnut, Calif.
56.21 … Krystal Cantey [Winslow Twp.], May 26, 2007, Gainesville, Fla.
56.87 … Evann Thompson [Lenape], May 30, 2014, Jacksonville, Fla.
56.91 … Angela Lee [Franklin Twp.], May 24, 1998, Fairfax, Va.
57.14 … Leslie Njoku [McNair Academic], June 8, 2011, Des Moines, Iowa
57.16 … Jewel Ash [Eastern], May 9, 2022, High Point, N.C.
58.38 … Ste’yce McNeil [Winslow], May 2, 2015, Starkville, Miss.

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