The amazing Sharpe sisters finished their high school careers with a 3rd-place finish and All-America honors in the 1,600-meter relay at New Balance Nationals.
Arianna, Ariel and Amirah Sharpe – along with freshman Kelsey Thomas – ran 3:46.37 and finished behind only Bullis School of Potomac, Md. [3:40.73] and Paul Robeson of Brooklyn [3:45.41].
Not all the splits are listed on the New Balance Nationals results site, but Amirah Sharpe anchored in 53.31.
Amirah Sharpe also placed 3rd in the 400 hurdles in 1:00.41, which is No. 9 in South Jersey history and broke the Gloucester County record of 1:00.90 set in 1999 by Medea Ashton of Washington Township when she placed 5th at Foot Locker Nationals in Raleigh, N.C., in 1999. Her previous 400IH PR was 1:01.07 from the South Jersey Elite in May at Delsea.
Arianna and Amirah Sharpe also placed 4th and 7th in the 400 in 54.36 and 54.55 and 12th and 13th in the 200 in 24.52 and 24.60, Ariel Sharpe took 14th in the Rising Stars 400 in 58.90
The 4-by-4 performance capped a remarkable season for Clayton, which won its second straight state Group 1 title after the Sharpe sisters led Paulsboro to the state Group 1 title in 2019. The meet wasn’t held in 2020.
At Penn, Clayton ran 3:44.67, No. 3 in South Jersey history, No. 12 in state historyand fastest by a South Jersey school since Willingboro ran 3:44.64 in 2002.